Choosing a horse to buy can be a long and difficult process, so let us make the entire purchase a seamless one – or as simple as it could possibly be. Many of us have a dream that we one day might own a horse.
When that day comes and you go shopping for a horse, it is likely you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store. There are just too many types of horse to choose from. So how do you know which one is best for you?
There are a number of considerations to take on board when you are about to make that all important choice. You will need to have plenty of money and time for your horse. Owning your own pony or horse is a massive investment and you will need to be aware of the fact it’s a serious investment. The time you will have on your hands to take care of your horse will be at a premium.
You will also need to consider if you have a place for your horse to stay. A barn or rented stables are the obvious and open options here.
You need to ask yourself why you actually want a horse. Do you need it for competition or leisure? Some owners of horses simply ride them around country lanes at weekends while others will compete and even hire professional riders.
You may be aware that horses are animals that can easily live beyond 20 years. Can you honestly say that you are ready to take on this huge commitment? The necessary supplies are also imperative if you own a horse. Do you have tack and grooming supplies? What about his feed? All this needs to be prepared and purchased before the horse is sourced.
Contacts Are Important
Every horse should have a farrier and be registered with a vet. Some horses will need their own skilled trainer and your contact log book should have a list of phone numbers and contact names for should your horse need emergency treatment.
Horse or Pony?
A pony is not a small horse. Ponies are like horses but they are smaller in hand height. Ponies have a characteristic of being a little more stubborn than horses and it can be better to buy a horse – providing he has a good temperament and behavioural record.