Are you wondering whether you’re really ready to own a horse? Making the decision to buy a horse is a big step, but these signs can help you identify if you’re ready to have a horse of your own.
You Understand How Much Owning a Horse Costs
You have a realistic idea of how much it costs – both per year and per month – to own a horse. You understand your local boarding costs, as well as the costs of training, farrier, vet, and emergency medical treatments. You’ve budgeted for lessons and your budget includes extra money for unexpected expenses, like replacing broken equipment or paying for costly medical treatments.
You’ve Leased a Horse
Leasing a horse is a great way to get a sense of whether owning a horse is right for you. It’s a good idea to spend at least six months, if not a year, leasing a horse before you make the decision to buy your own horse. You’ll be better prepared for what is to come if you’ve spent time leasing.
You Have a Great Trainer
You have a great trainer who can help you through the process of finding and buying a horse that is suitable for you. You’ve been with your trainer for a bit and trust them to steer you in the right direction when it comes to riding and horse management.
You’re Ready for a Long-Term Commitment
You understand that owning a horse is often a long-term commitment. Even if you have plans of selling your horse in a few years, you understand that sometimes selling a horse may be difficult, and you’re prepared to keep the horse until a suitable home can be found.
You’re Realistic About Your Riding Skills
You are honest and realistic about your riding skills. You understand what behaviors you can – and can’t – handle in a horse, and are prepared to find a horse which matches your skills.
You Want to Keep Learning
You know that there’s always more to learn when it comes to horses, and you’re open to continuing to develop your knowledge of riding and horse care.
Think you’re ready for your first horse? Then we wish you luck in your search for the perfect equine partner!