There is nothing more exciting than bringing home a new horse, especially if you are a first-time owner. While caring for horses isn’t too much of a chore, especially if you love them as much as we do, there are a few things you should be aware of before getting started. Follow these tips and you can expect your first horse to be happier than ever in his new home.
When it comes time to buy your first horse, you should do as much research as possible. Ask the owner about the horse’s history, question why they are selling the horse, and ensure the horse has registration papers. Horses can be expensive, so you want to make sure you are bringing home exactly what you were promised any time you buy one.
If you plan on taking your horse out for regular rides, you should take some lessons. While it’s tempting to think you can pick things up as you go, you shouldn’t try. You could injure yourself or even your horse if you don’t know what you’re doing. There is no need to become an expert before taking your horse out for a ride, but a few beginner lessons will do a world of good.
Once your horse is home, spend some time getting to know him or her. Observe your horse and try to identify if there is anything in their new environment that could potentially agitate it. Of course, the most obvious thing you need to do is get used to act of feeding, grooming, and just generally caring for your new horse on a regular basis.
These are just a few basic tips to help when it comes to buying, riding, and caring for your first horse. Stay tuned for more horse care guides!