Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: northern arkansas
There are tons of resources for beginner horse owners. Find a mentor, read anything you can get your hands on, spend time at a barn handling and working with other peoples horses.
Read, read, read! Research feeding, hooves, anatomy, conformation, riding disciplines, breeds, ailments and diseases, common problems, pasture upkeap, grooming, first aid, tack.
Things to think about:
Who do you want to be your; vet, farrier, trainer, boarding facility, emergency caregiver. Establish a relationship with all of them.
How will you keep the horse. Pasture or stall? Shod or barefoot? Hay only or grained? Western or english? Pleasure or competitive.
What do you want to do with your horse? Are you looking to compete and show? trail ride? 4h? rodeo?
ETA: Make sure you dont buy a horse based on color, size, shape, or breed alone. Buy based on the horses and your skills, for an inexperienced rider youll want an experienced horse regardless what it looks like.
Do you have the resources to care for a horse properly in case of emergencies?
Ω Horses are a projection of peoples dreams Ω
Last edited by Honeysuga; 05-01-2013 at 09:41 PM.