Horses aren’t your average pet. They are big, beautiful animals that require tons of specialized care. For first-time horse owners, purchasing a horse is something that requires in-depth research, a good chunk of savings, and a substantial time commitment. While a horse can be a loving lifelong companion, making the decision to become a horse owner is not for the faint of heart. Here are a few important considerations for first-time horse owners.
Buying and caring for a horse is not cheap. Purchasing the horse itself can set you back a few thousand dollars, and that’s just a fraction of what it costs to take care of your horse. Monthly fees you can expect to budget for include:
- Veterinarian visits. Horses require frequent, specialized vet care to ensure their health and wellness. Because of the high cost of horse health care, many horse owners opt to invest in horse medical insurance.
- Boarding. Horse owners typically have a variety of boarding facilities to choose from depending on their needs, from full care (including feeding and cleaning) to self-care.
- Farrier. Horses require regular care from a farrier in order to keep their hooves healthy and intact.
- Equipment. From saddles to bedding to grooming supplies, the cost of horse equipment can add up.
- Food. The phrase “eat like a horse” didn’t come from nowhere! Horses require plenty of feed and supplements, often eating up to 20 pounds of hay in just one day.
First-time horse owners should look out for horses who are well-trained and mild-mannered. Untrained horses can be a nightmare for even the most seasoned horse experts. Horse ownership is a mutually beneficial relationship, so you want to make sure you are finding a horse that checks all the boxes. Some more factors to consider when looking for your future horse include age, breed, and health.
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