The Basics of Horse Ownership

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Children dream of owning ponies when they grow older. However, children don’t get bogged down by the logistics of owning a horse. Adults usually take it to the other extreme. They often think that horse ownership is too complicated and difficult to make the dream a reality. If you’ve ever thought about owning a horse, you should get all the facts about horse ownership. It might not be as impossible as you think. 

  1. Grooming is a necessity

One of the most time-consuming aspects of horse ownership is grooming. You need to use a curry comb to loosen the dirt and extra hair on a horse. Then, you need to get the dirt and hair off with a body brush. The result is a healthy, silky, and shiny coat. Experts recommend grooming your horse before riding it. If possible, you should groom at least once a week. As the seasons change, you might need other grooming tools to help with shedding.

  1. Land size matters

Before you get a horse, you should consider the size of your land. You need enough space to keep your horse happy and healthy. In addition to having enough land, you also need to consider the horse’s housing and the fencing for the pasture. Building a barn or horse fencing in a pasture can be costly.

If you plan on boarding your horse, then you don’t need to worry about having enough land. You can leave that up to your boarding facility. It’s a great option for those who don’t have much land, but it can be costly. Just do your research and find a facility that you can trust.

  1. You need the right equipment

For you to truly enjoy the horseback riding experience, you need the right equipment. This means doing some shopping. Specifically, you need a saddle, tack, and grooming tools. You should also look into some equipment for yourself. While some equipment is important for safety, some is more important for comfort.

Consider trying out equipment before you buy it. You should also look into getting custom-fit equipment, like custom-fit riding boots. They can make the riding experience better for you and better for your horse.

  1. Think of the vet bills

While owning a horse isn’t as expensive as you might imagine, there is one hidden cost that can really build up – the cost of your veterinary bills. If your horse has an accident or gets sick, those bills can really add up. You need to be willing to pay the high cost of veterinary care when it’s necessary. Before you decide to buy a horse, you should consider whether or not you can afford your vet bills.

  1. Healthy hooves matter

One of your main roles as a horse owner is a caretaker. When you care for your horse, you need to be able to keep his hooves healthy. Without healthy hooves, he won’t be able to get you where you need to go.

To keep your horse’s hooves in good shape, you need to pick them regularly. This keeps out the mud and rocks from his hooves. It prevents discomfort and can make all the difference in the world.

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5 thoughts on “The Basics of Horse Ownership

  • I grew up loving horses. For my 17th birthday my parents let me get a horse. I loved Palominos. The first one we found for sale was a pretty gelding named Pete. Dad bought him and I had him for 20 years til he died at age 30. This article brought back memories. There are many more possible expenses. Another main one is feed- grain and hay.

  • Great information. I have never owned a horse, though I have always dreamed about owning one, my friend had some back in high school and I learned a lot about their needs then.

  • Glad to see this basics article. I have seen far too many people think it is OK to have a horse for fun and not take their needs seriously. Thank you.

  • I have found that most homes I enter in my terms of my employment, that the owner/renters REALLY don’t know how to take care of a dog, rat, fish. It’s pretty sad really.

  • Ive been a horse lover since I could walk. I started to ride when I was 4 and show in open shows and 4h. Most people think a horse could be a big dog and dont understand the care they need!

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