Have you been debating over whether the time is right to buy a horse of your own? Here are eight signs that may indicate that you’re ready to own a horse.
1. You Understand the True Cost of Owning a Horse
The cost of owning a horse doesn’t stop with the purchase price or with monthly board. Make sure that you truly understand all of the costs that go along with owning a horse, from farrier bills to emergency vet bills to medications and training fees.
2. You Have Horse Care Experience
Before you buy a horse, you should definitely have at least some experience in caring for horses. If you don’t, ask your trainer to teach you about horse care and pick up some quality books to read up on the subject.
3. You Have People You Can Turn To
Make sure that you have a support team including a trainer and some horse owning friends who can help you along in your journey. Having folks like this who are knowledgable and willing to help you can be a great benefit when you are finally ready to own a horse.
4. You Are Realistic About Your Skills as a Rider
Be honest with yourself about your riding skills. Are you a beginner, intermediate, or advanced rider? Being honest about your riding capabilities can help ensure that you buy a horse which is appropriate for your riding and experience level.
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5. You Have the Time to Commit to a Horse
Owning a horse is a major time commitment. Make sure that you have the time to commit to owning and caring for a horse.
6. You Have Funds Saved for Emergency Situations
With horses, emergencies arise all too often. An unexpected vet bill can run into the hundreds or thousands of dollars. Make sure that you have funds saved so that you are able to financially cope with any emergencies that might arise. If you don’t think you have the funding for emergency situations, you might not be ready to own a horse.
7. You Have a Public Place to Keep the Horse
It’s important that you keep your horse in a barn which is regularly trafficked by other riders and trainers. When you buy your first horse, this isn’t the time to try carrying for the horse on your very own for the first time. Keeping your horse in a public barn will give you plenty of opportunities to continue learning about horses and horse care.
8. You’ve Leased a Horse Before
Before you make the leap into horse ownership, try leasing a horse. Leasing a horse is about the closest experience you’ll have to owning one, and it can be eye-opening. Lease a horse, even if it’s just for a few months, before you make the decision to buy.
Did we miss any important signs that you’re ready to own a horse? Let us know in the comments below!