Things To Know When Ready To Buy Your First Horse

Things To Know When Ready To Buy Your First Horse

Nothing can be as exciting as the purchase of a horse lover’s first horse. Unfortunately, lack of knowledge when making the purchase can turn this exciting venture into a traumatic experience within a short time. Potential horse owners can, however, avoid this by taking a few steps. Buying a horse entails lots of research, experience, and some smart buying strategies Here’s all you need to know before getting your first horse.

Horse care

Horses require regular farrier care, at least once every eight weeks. The costs will be determined by your local market and the type of horseshoe and trimming needed. Moreover, corrective or special shoeing might be necessary to for some horses, the costs of which could be significantly higher than regular shoeing.

Most horses need deworming treatments one to two times every year and shots twice a year. But you can always ask a horse vet to recommend the most suitable deworming and vaccination program for your horse. In addition to yearly dental care, you may have special or emergency care administered to your horse now and then, making it important to factor in the cost of this care. It’s not uncommon for horse healthcare to cost as much as if not more than human healthcare, In fact, medical insurance might be worth considering.

Horse shelter

Horse stabling is among the most expensive aspects of owning a horse. If you own land and can provide the necessary stabling, keeping your horse at home might be cheaper than boarding the animal away from home.

Keeping one at home might require a lot more commitment on your part additionally, most urbanized areas have strict public health ordinances and zoning laws to comply with. You may have to arrange waste disposal systems in advance. If you intend to board your horse away from home, consider the type of stabling facility, the level of care provided, its location and the costs involved.

Horse food, tack, and equipment 

Once you’ve bought a horse, you’ll have to invest in a bridle, saddle, grooming supplies and several other times While some of these might be one-time investments, owning a horse also involve some ongoing expenses. For starters, you will have to ensure adequate food supplies. If you intend to stable your horse at home, you must be able to provide good nutrition and adequate pasture.

While older horses are a better choice for first-time owners, they usually need extra feed and supplements to maintain proper health. When in doubt, a professional veterinarian can provide more specific nutritional advice.

Other ongoing expenses will include horse blankets, grooming supplies, fly spray and the replacement of damaged or worn out equipment. If you lack the expertise, ask your instructor to help you choose good quality supplies and equipment. In most cases, pricing won’t be the best indicator of quality.

Choice of horse and Pricing

Many potential horse owners tend to prioritize beauty when buying their first horse. However, temperament should be the most important consideration when deciding which horse to buy. As a novice; you need a horse that’s gentle, kind, tolerant, calm and forgiving.

On the other hand, size doesn’t matter much as long as you’re feeling comfortable with the horse, Make sure you can mount and dismount comfortably and that your feet don’t hang way below the animal’s barrel when mounted. The initial cost of a horse will often vary depending on variables such as age, sex, breed, size and amount of training.


Establish you future riding goals when considering these variables. If you intend to participate in competitive activities, thoroughbreds or warmbloods might be the best option. However, horse training service may be necessary before your horse is ready to compete.

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