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POINTS TO CONSIDER: When buying a new horse
11:16am Monday 20th September 2010 in July
Do you have the time for the horse?
Especially in the winter when the weather is bad, the day is much shorter and changes of rug may be necessary.
Do you have enough money to keep a horse?
Horses can be expensive to keep.There will be costs such as bedding, hay, feed, a regular worming programme, regular farrier visits and vets fees – at least annual vaccinations and tack.
Do you have enough land?
If you have your own place, is there enough space?
Will the horse have company?
Horses are very sociable animals and generally like the company of other horses.
What kind of stabling will there be? How much of the day will the horse be stabled?
Don’t buy a young or inexperienced horse:
Only take this route if you are sure you have the time and ability to train him.
Don’t “over horse” yourself:
i.e. get an animal too big and strong for you. Buy a horse suitable for your height and weight, and one which suits your level of riding.
Buy a horse that suits your temperament:
Get an animal which complements you and has a good attitude to work.