02-05-2015, 12:28 PM
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So I have some unusual advice for this forum, if you want a horse and have not had one before, then go get a small herd (3 or more) of goats. Learn to love them, take care of them etc. Learn to train them to do something like tricks, etc spend time with them get to know what they need to take the best care of them and get used to selecting hay, feed, supplements, yearly care, take care of their hooves etc. Get them show ready, even show them then you have basically learned almost everything you will need to take care of a horse. You will learn how to gently teach an animal how to respect you while you respect them. You will also have learned how to learn how to do routine veterinary care. You will also learn what it is like to take care of a herd animal every day and what kind of care taker you are. After you have done this, all of this information crosses over to horse care. The better you take care of your herd, the more experience transfers over to horse care! Plus the cost of properly maintaining a small show goat herd (3-8 goats) is about the same cost as one horse!