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I will probably be getting my first horse around late-summer. (One more little step and my dad will bust:D) So I am reading books like horsekeeping on a small acerage,horses for dummies,and some book on poisenous plants and injuries ect. So does anyone have any advice for me????
 

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You seem to be doing a lot of research on owning your first horse which is great! The most important thing you can do at the critical part of picking one out is taking a trainer with you. You are likely to be emotional and might pick a horse for the wrong reasons (we ALL do it, so be very careful you don't get stuck with something that is the wrong match for you!!). Taking a trainer you trust will help you make sure you are well suited and help you have patience. It might take you months and months to find the right horse so don't let a time pressure get you stuck with the wrong horse.

Once you find "the one" *always ALWAYS* make sure you have him/her vetted before you make the purchase. This cannot be stressed enough. There may be problems that even the owner isn't aware of and you don't want to find out too late! Good luck!
 

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you can do loads and loads or research but you will learn the most in the first few days of owning. most important thing to learn is poisonous plants and obvious field dangers like that, make sure your horse is safe when your not around to look after him/her. good luck and have fun horse hunting

oh and signs of lameness, thrush, worms, colic things like that :)
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make sure you check out the sticky on making a first aid/vet kit. Since you're a newer owner, don't worry about all the drugs and things but get the basics like some stuff to scrub and bandage with and make sure you have this all ready and assembled BEFORE the horse gets there, because they like to do stupid things in the first few days when they're in a new place.
 

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Reading books and doing lots of research is about all you can do for the time being. Once you get your poneh, try to recognise his personality and find his little quirks. Get to know your horse. Often you can tell something is up very quickly if you know your horse. Another thing I was taught was to know your horses legs and hooves. That way if you ever think he is lame, you know what temperature his legs should feel like and you know what bump and/or lump wasn't there before. :)

A first aid kit is something you need too. The basics like bandages, gauze, disinfectant, healing creams etc should be about all you need. I second whoever said check the First Aid sticky because there is just too much to cover :)
 

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When you get to the point of finding your horse, do not make the mistake of making an emotional decision. Resist the urge to take pity on the poor neglected horse or fall in love with the pretty dapple grey. Find a horse that is a good match for your personality and skill level. An ugly sane healthy horse is worth gold compared to a pretty one that's going to run you over every time it sees a deer.
 

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read everything and anything about horse care, get a trainer to help you pick one out and id recommed having at least once a month lessons with the trainer to make sure the horse stays well trained and you stay confortable on it.
ask other horse owners in your area for a good farrier, dentist and vet.
get one in its teens, young ones arnt good as a first horse, you want a good been there done that horse.
 
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