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!"