The top 5 things you should know before leasing or buying your first horse.
Are you thinking of owning or leasing a horse? If so, there are a few things you need to know before making that commitment.
Horses are beautiful animals, but they require a lot of care and attention. In this blog post, we will discuss the top five things you need to know before becoming a horse owner. We will cover everything from boarding and feeding your horse to keeping them healthy and happy. So if you're considering adding a horse to your family, make sure to read this post!
1. The first thing people need to know is that you are making an investment in a lifestyle, rather than just an animal. Equestrian isn't like any other sport because it requires a living partner who has a right to good care. For people who choose the horse life, it's completely worth it. But that doesn't mean you should start without a solid plan and informed budget. Here's a list of costs to consider:
- Purchase Price: this can vary widely depending on your goals.
- Pre-purchase vet exam: it's always a good idea to make sure the horse you buy is healthy and suited for the job you want them to do.
- Care and Maintenance: Food, shelter, vaccinations and annual vet care, grooming supplies and depending on the value of the horse, medical and mortality insurance.
- Tack and Equipment: halter, lead rope, saddle pads, saddle, bridle, blanket, sheet, fly mask and more depending on whether you compete or not.
2. Horses require a lot of space. A typical horse needs at least one acre of pasture to graze and exercise in. If you don't have enough land for your horse to roam freely, you will need to board them at a facility that can provide the appropriate space.
3. Horses are high maintenance. In addition to regular grooming, horses need their hooves trimmed and their teeth checked regularly. They also need to be wormed and vaccinated on a regular basis. And don't forget about the daily exercise! Horses need to be ridden or exercised regularly.
4. Horses are social animals. horses like to be around other horses and people. If you don't have another horse for your horse to interact with, you will need to make sure to spend time with them every day. horses are also known for being very curious, so you'll need to be careful about leaving them alone in a pasture or field where they might get into mischief.
5. Horses are a lifetime commitment. When you own a horse, you are responsible for their care and wellbeing for the rest of their life. Horses can live to be 30 years old or more, so you need to be prepared for the long haul. If you're not sure you're ready to make that kind of commitment, you might want to consider leasing a horse instead.
If you're thinking about owning a horse, we hope this blog post has given you some things to think about. Horses are amazing creatures, but they require a lot of time, effort, and money. Make sure you do your research and are prepared for the commitment before taking the plunge. Thanks for reading!