Owning a horse is a huge responsibility for an adult, much
less for a child. Owning a horse requires a lot of time and
money, both from the parent and the child, therefore, before
you decide to go horse-shopping, it's best that you sit down
and discuss the responsibilities and tasks involved in owning
and caring for a horse with the child. A horse, remind them,
is not a mere domestic pet. It's unlike a cat, dog or hamster.
Horses require more than that.
Let your child know that the owner of the horse should be
ready to take on the responsibilities of grooming, exercising,
feeding, washing, playing with and caring for the animal.
These responsibilities should be done daily, otherwise, both
the horse and the owner will suffer.
Before you actually go out and buy a horse, parents are strongly
advised to bring the child to a stable, let them take some
riding lessons. This will help your child understand and comprehend
the responsibilities ahead of him or her. Parents should give
the child adequate time to adapt and adjust accordingly. Under
the supervision of an expert, they should be able to grasp
the whole concept of owning a horse in about a month or two.
Buying a horse that suits your personality.
It is important for a horse buyer to understand that there
is a very special relationship and bond between a horse and
the owner/rider. The more nervous or jittery the rider is,
the calmer the horse should be. Hence, the best kind of horse
for a child is one with a very good temperament. The pony
or horse should not have a history of bolting off whenever
they are scared. Compare this to the needs of an experienced
rider who needs a very sensitive horse who is responsive and
Riding experience and testing the horse out
As mentioned, before a parent decides to buy a horse for
the child, the child should be given a chance to take riding
lessons and familiarize herself or himself with horses. Not
only does the child have to take riding lessons, it is best
that the horse is a trained one as well.
The child and horse should get to know each other before
the parent actually purchases the horse. Test the horse out
by taking the child out for a test ride. Let them get to know
each other and then let the child decide which horse is best
for him or her.
Horse to suit the occasion
Depending on what the child intends to do with the horse,
there are many different types of horses trained for different
purposes. Some horses are suitable for riding on the flat,
some prefers a horse that will jump and perform. Some prefer
a horse that can be taken hunting or ride through rough terrains
and some prefer show horses. Consult with the horse trainer
so that you do not get the wrong type of horse for the wrong
About the Author
Dylan Miles, journalist, and website builder, lives in Texas.
He is the owner and co-editor of http://www.horsebuzz.info
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