Taking the Step into Horse Ownership – Part 1

It’s the dream right? Buying a horse of your own, to call yours, to spend endless hours in your company, running off into your own little fantasy world of my little pony, where everything is pink and fluffy and happy! Falling in love with all things equestrian can certainly be instant, but taking the plunge into horse ownership requires a little more thought; mostly from the head and not the heart, sadly.

So lets get you started on the road to horse ownership. Buying a horse might seem quite simple at first glance, but things can get overwhelming quite quickly, especially if it’s your first time. But worry not, if you go into this exciting process armed and prepared, it’ll be a breeze and you will end up with THE MOST rewarding outcome of all.

With such a huge choice of breeds, I truly believe there’s a horse out there to suit everyone. We all have a different idea of our ‘perfect horse’ and our choices reflect a little bit about us too. Knowing what you’d like in a horse is certainly a good starting point, here are some things for you to ponder over:

  • Breed
  • Age
  • Experience (for you and the horse…!)

Now before you get carried away remember, what you want and what’s suitable may differ. It absolutely doesn’t mean it’s a total write off but remember to consider your experience, your plans and also your time. If you’d like to get a 4 or 5 year old but you have a busy work schedule and won’t have much free time, is that going to work out as the best option? Or is it going to leave you pulling your hair out and ageing by 10 years..?

When it comes to experience, being realistic is most certainly the best option – yeah, I know it sounds boring and sensible right? But sometimes sensible is good. If you are new to horses or are coming back to riding after some time off, then be realistic with what you can manage. Horses all have their little quirks, just make sure their quirks are manageable for you. Don’t forget, this whole horsing around thing is meant to be enjoyable, not turning you into a nervous wreck.

So I think we’ve made a good start here, don’t you? I hope you’re starting to feel a little more confident in the steps you’re taking into buying your new horse. Want to know what to do next? Stay tuned for part 2 where we talk about budgets and vettings and even more excitingly, part 3 will bring you all the things no one tells you about horse ownership!

As always thank you, merci, grazie mille, for joining me and I can’t wait to chat with you again soon.

Photo credit (if you hadn’t already recognised), to the wonderful Sophie Callahan.

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