If you would like to buy a horse or a pony for Christmas there are a few things you need to consider.
Number One Should You Buy or Lease a Horse?
There are many advantages and disadvantages of leasing a horse. Depending on your particular situation, you can decide whether leasing is a suitable option for you. The most common reason a person would lease a horse instead of buy one is that leasing allows you to experience the joys and responsibilities of horse ownership without actually having to buy a horse, and without having to deal with certain liabilities.
Where Do You Find a Horse to Lease
When you are looking at a horse to lease, use the same precautions you would if you were going to buy him. Get a vet check done on the horse (especially if you will be liable for veterinary and farrier care). Test the horse in the discipline you wish to use. If you are planning on riding the horse, ride him several times before making a decision, if you are planning on jumping, be sure to jump the horse on several occasions. It is also good to bring along a trainer or educated friend to assess the horse and help you with your decision.
Don’t decide to lease the horse until both you and the owner are agreeable on the fees and conditions for your situation.
Let’s Look at Buying a Horse
If you want to have your very own horse, you’ve got to have enough money to purchase one and buy the essential items and care. Be sure you know that you will be spending at least $500 to $2000 at first, then roughly $185 to $275 or more a month after that (per horse), depending on boarding costs and how much you want to spend pampering them. Horses are living creatures and need a lot of care and attention. Make sure you’re responsible enough and have the time to take care of one.
There’s no point buying a horse if you have nowhere to keep him! If you have enough land where you live you can keep your horse on the property with you.
You may choose to board your horse at a nearby boarding stable where your horse can be under supervision 24/7. Remember, always check out the stables before you finalize any details.
Where Can You Purchase a Horse
If you know of someone with a horse ask them for their opinion on buying a horse. You may want to ask them to go with you when you are looking at a specific animal.
If you are a beginner horse-owner, be careful if you want to get a horse from a rescue center. Some of the horses may have been mistreated so they may react badly or dangerously to certain things or need special care.
You can find horses to buy on websites, Craigslist, newspapers and advertisements at your local feed and supply store.
What Type of Horse Should You Buy
First decide what you want to do with your horse. Are you wanting to go on trail rides or learn a specific discipline and compete with your horse?
Once you make this decision, then you need to choose the correct breed of horse. If you want to be a barrel racer then you would look at a breed such as a quarter horse. If you want to be a carriage driver, then you will want to look at a draft horse.
Tips for Buying a Horse
Here are some things to consider when thinking about buying a horse:
- Research training your horse and what to do if your horse appears to have a sickness, so you’ll be well prepared if anything happens.
- Find a good farrier. The care of your horses feet is extremely important.Your horse will need an appointment with a farrier about every 8 weeks. This can cost anywhere from $50 to $350 on up.
- Always schedule a veterinarian, every 6 months for their check ups, floating, and shots.
- Bring your horse treats, if and whenever is necessary. However, often your presence is enough to make him happy to be around you, especially if you are calm and quiet around him.
- It is a good idea to talk to your riding instructor as they can tell you what type and height of horse you will need.
- Horses can and will kick, buck and bite, and may even step on your foot if you’re not paying attention.
- Bad training, mistreatment or even misunderstanding of your horse’s behavior can make your horse into one that is dangerous to be around.
- Horses are liable to get ill and injured, so being aware of the various ailments is important for better health of your horse.
- A horse
- A place for your horse to live
- Tools (pitching forks, shovels etc.)
- Dandy brush
- Body brush
- Curry comb
- Sweat scraper
- Rubber curry comb
- Mane/tail comb
- Horse shampoo and conditioner
- Saddle pads
- Riding gloves
- A Halter
- A Lead Rope
- Know basic horse management
- A vet
- A farrier