Many people who love nature and the environment, dream of owning a horse. Horses are not like regular pets though; they’re very expensive to buy and keep so it’s not always possible for the average person to have one.
If you are considering buying a horse then there are practical considerations you need to take into account. Below are some of the most important questions to ask yourself.
Can you afford it?
Horses are extremely expensive and there are plenty of on-going expenses of owning one. Below are some of the main expenses of owning a horse that you should be certain you can afford before taking the plunge –
- The initial cost of the horse –
- The required equipment i.e. saddle, leading rope, bridle etc.
- Feed & bedding
- Vet bills
Do you have the room?
If you’re planning to keep the horse on your own property then you’ll need to ensure that you have enough room. In addition to have a stable, you’ll also need to have a good sized field where the horse can exercise each day. It is possible to buy a horse that’s kept for you but then you have to take into account the livery fees, which can mount up quickly and in some cases cost up to £1000 per month
Do you have the time?
Some people mistakenly believe that horses mostly take care of themselves and don’t need much looking after. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Horses require daily care throughout the year so you should think about whether you’re able/willing to invest this much time.
It’s also worth considering the amount of care that a horse requires when it becomes older and is no longer rideable. It’s always worth having a plan in place for euthanasia or specialist care.
Are you planning to transport the horse regularly?
If you’re planning to transport for your horse regularly, for example to take it to horse shows, then you’ll need to have the proper transportation and insurance. Horseboxes are specially designed vehicles for transporting horses safely and securely. If you decide to invest in a horsebox then you’ll need to get a special type of horsebox insurance, from a site such as http://www.rwst.org.uk/