Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Breinigsville, PA
• Horses: 0
You really need to know everything there is to know about barn management, feeding programs, heath care, first aid, deworming rotations, shots, etc before bringing a horse home. There are many, many great riders out there who still need a good barn owner to provide the knowledge and expertise to care for their horse. You have to be willing to do night checks, early morning feedings, plan a feeding program, plan a turnout schedule, be available 24/7 for emergencies, understand pasture rotation, hay quality, know what to do for a horse that is colicing or hurt and know when to call a vet. Even though a horse is at home, you will still have feed costs, vet costs, farrier costs, dental costs, trainers, shows, etc. Are you willing to have a companion animal at home as well? Horses are herd animals and need to have a buddy. Are your parents educated about horses and the required care? Are they willing and able to cover expenses, give up vacations, and care for the horses while you are at school or out with friends?
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