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Top 10 things to know before buying a horse

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    01-17-2013, 03:50 PM
Top 10 things to know before buying a horse

As some of you may know, I teach horsemanship lessons and my program focus is on preparing students to responsibly and safely handle, care for, and ride a horse. My aim is not to turn out show-level riders, but to prepare them with the rudimentary skills, and then if they want to specialize in a discipline, I can recommend a specialist in that area, like barrel racing, jumping, etc. I want them to have a well rounded education and respect for all disciplines. Most of all, I want them to know about proper nutrition, preventative care (like worming, vaccinations, vet checks, dental, etc.) signs of common illnesses and lameness including first aid, safety in handling and riding, tack fit, hoof care, a comprehensive understanding of how various bits work, horse sense and psychology and how to read a horse, what to do in emergencies, etc.

So, in an effort to make the most positive impact I can on the next horse generation (both human and equine) what, in your opinion, are the top 10 things a person should know before entering horse ownership? What are things you have seen other horse owners do that made you think "if only they knew!"
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    01-17-2013, 04:24 PM
Get a horse that is an appropriate match for both your skill level as a rider and your personality. I see so many people trip up on this one.
    01-17-2013, 04:29 PM
Nutrition and care, well-being.
I've seen si many horse owners, who even show, and have absolutely no clue what a horse needs to stay healthy in mind and body to perform well.
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    01-17-2013, 04:34 PM
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Find a trustworthy mentor(s) whether in person or someone you can call or chat with about questions/advice. There are too many "self-professed experts" who are a real danger to those who are new to ownership or horses.
    01-17-2013, 04:44 PM
They need to understand that there is a VAST difference between horses and dogs. Just because they can train their puppy does NOT mean they know how to deal with a horse. And they need to listen and respect your teachings.
Even a well-intentioned, kind horse can hurt a person just because of his size.
    01-17-2013, 04:58 PM
Another one is safety. In handling, environment. Read sagging barbed wire fences, tying horse to movable objects etc.
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    01-17-2013, 06:15 PM
I think it is vitally important that a potential first-time buyer knows exactly how much a horse is going to COST them.

If you board, you will have a monthly boarding fee. If you own land, well you've got to pay for the land (along with fencing supplies, and round the clock maintenance). Then there are regular farrier visits, dental work, chiro vets, and vet health checks. Plus dewormers, vaccinations, etc.

AND of course, horses do a great job of hurting themselves so you've got to have backup money to pay for after-hours vet expenses and medications, etc.

Horses ain't cheap! I think a lot of buyers look at the purchase price and think "oh that's easy. I can manage that" and don't think about the long term usual care.
    01-17-2013, 11:09 PM
They need to understand that owning and caring for a horse will change their life. It's not a hobby. If they want a hobby, let them buy a Harley.

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