Hold your horses!
Before buying your first horse, there are some important things to think about. Consider this your pocket beginners guide where you can learn everything you need to know about buying your first horse.
Buying a horse takes a lot of research and a smart buying strategy, as you need to establish your budget before you even look into breeds etc. Like some car salesmen, horse sellers havebuilt up a reputation for being less than honest, shady characters who often downplay flaws in order to make the horse more appealing. Do your research, be smart and don’t let yourself be conned! Chances are if something doesn’t sound right it probably isn’t.
What’s your budget?
The answer to this really depends on what the owner’s intention are with that horse. If you just want a horse for fun or to maybe compete at local events, then your budget will vary from someone who has more competitive aspirations.
It is also important to remember that the cost of your horse is only the beginning of the ongoing expenses required. Maintenance for your horse will need to be factored into your overall decision and things like food, supplements, bedding, clothing and competitions are just some of the things that will need funding. If you know of any horse owners or you have an instructor, get them on board. They can help you come up with a realistic budget and provide helpful
Age vs. Experience
The age of a horse is also something worth noting. Older horses tend to be more predictable so it’s crucial you take the time to learn your horse’s manners both on the ground and whilst you ride.
Does size matter?
There’s no such thing as a perfectly sized horse, but you should be able to feel comfortable with the one you are going for. Go and have a look before making any decisions. As much as horses are beautiful creatures, not everyone should own one. There’s a difference between being a horse lover and a horse owner so before rushing into anything, consider these steps before making any rash decisions so you are fully prepared in making smart choices.