If you have decided to buy a horse, there are many things to do in preparation for its arrival that you may not have considered. Before the horse arrives, do these simple things to ensure that you are completely ready.
Take Riding Lessons
While most people who purchase horses do have some type of experience, it is imperative that you take lessons prior to obtaining the horse so that you are fully prepared for all aspects of ownership. Ensure that you are riding with a reputable teacher who can not only show you the ins and outs of riding but can also teach you about essential care for your new pet.
Understand the Costs
Understanding all of the costs associated with owning a horse is also imperative before you make your purchase. You will need to have enough money for vet visits – both emergency visits and routine. You will also need to know about horse insurance cost and pick an insurance plan that makes the most sense for you. Also consider costs associated with feeding, regular grooming and care, and boarding if you do not keep the horse at your own home.
Research the Breeds
Just like dogs, different horse breeds have completely different personalities and strengths. It is important that you do your research before you commit to any breed of horse, and make an educated decision based upon your needs. For example, if you are interested in racing your horse, look at Thoroughbreds or Arabians. Do not get swayed by looks, as the prettiest horse may not be the perfect horse for you.
Purchasing a horse is exciting but quite a large investment. Do the proper research and make preparations in advance so you are not thrown any curve balls and you can enjoy your new friend for many years.