- Pets and Animals
Are You Ready to Own a Horse?
So you think you’re ready to own a horse? Having one is never just like getting a puppy. Aside from being a lot bigger, horses require different and more attention and care. It’s probably one of the biggest responsibilities you will ever have in your life, especially if you’ll personally take care of it.
To help you make that important decision, here are a few questions that may just help you decide.
1. Are you responsible enough?
It is definitely not a joke to own a horse, so you must asses yourself if you are dedicated to taking care of one. For one, it's guaranteed to eat up a lot of your time. Just like with any other animal, you will have to feed it, bathe it, have it regularly checked by a veterinarian. You will also have to take it out for a ride; otherwise, it will get restless and bored just staying in the stable.
2. Do you have your own land?
A horse will need a big place to live in. And no, we're not just talking about a stable; we're talking about a grazing ground. The ideal set up is a farm where it can have as much space as possible for itself. So unless you’re living in a farm or rural area, this is one thing you should really mull over.
3. Do you have the money for it?
Ah, probably the biggest hurdle to owning a horse! There are so many expenses to be considered: feeds, shoes (preferably replaced after every 6 to 8 weeks), supplements, riding and stable equipment and supplies. Not to mention, the veterinary bills you will get especially if it gets sick.
4. Do you know how to ride a horse?
You’re getting a horse because you want to ride one whenever you feel like it. But are you responsible enough to get the necessary training? It is always a good idea to enroll in a horse riding course. Just make sure you are getting your training from a reputable trainer or instructor.
5. Do you already know everything about horses?
How knowledgeable are you about horses? It really helps if you fill up your brain with everything you can find out on horses. And it is not just on how to properly take care of them, but it’s also worthwhile to read on the fun facts and trivia about these beautiful animals.
Analyze yourself then make your decision.
Owning a horse is really more about yourself than the animal. You should be a hundred percent sure that you are ready for that responsibility, otherwise it will be truly heart-breaking should you decide to part with your equine pal.