For many countryside homeowners, adopting a horse is a dream come true. The natural elegance of a horse attracts many animal lovers who research an animal that is both a way of making a statement as well as a fitness friend. After all, riding remains one of the most elegant and freeing activities that one can think of: Is there anything more attractive than riding through the countryside and jumping above obstacles like the hero of a Victorian novel? But, before you start choosing who should be your next equine friend, you should first consider what it really means to own a horse.
Foals Versus Adult Horses
The opinion is divided about what the best age is to adopt a horse. Indeed, older horses would have been pre-trained and will be easy to work with. They often come from riding clubs where they would have been used to work with children and adults of all riding levels. While this can make your life a lot easier, this also means that you will not be able to develop a bond as strong as those who choose to adopt a foal and train it themselves. However, adopting a foal can be a difficult experience at first, as youngsters tend to be unaware of the dangers around them and are more likely to get injured, and specifically to hurt their legs in the fence.
You will need to make sure that the place you keep your foal will be completely foal-proofed until the training is over.
You Need To Have The Right Gear And Stables
A horse requires regular care and maintenance and is much more demanding than other pets such as cats or dogs. As you plan to adopt a horse, you need to make sure that you have all you need to take care of it: Start with feeding equipment such as a feed tub and water trough! Then you also need to think about grooming and handling your horse with the purchase of a body brush, a mane comb, a halter-leather with a lead rope, and a hoof pick. Finally, unless you live in a place that has kept horses, you will need to find a way to build a stable: You can find beautiful stables that can be completely tailored to your terrain and your space, or you can even consider renting a box in an existing livery that is local to you.
Remember One Thing: This Is A Costly Pet
Adopting a horse is not like adopting a house pet: This is a costly investment, that will naturally be a rewarding experience as you start training and riding your horse, but you need to carefully plan it in your budget. Indeed, the cost of hay, straw and shavings to feed your horse throughout the cold months where there is no grass has to be planned alongside the cost of additional feeding requirements. You will also need to take an equine and livery insurance to protect your horse and the place where it lives at all times. Finally, further maintenance costs for the services of a farrier, dentist and a worming expert (who can be your vet) also need to be taken into consideration in your equine budget.