Everyone is thrilled that you are getting a horse and applauds your decision! The horse is a trusted and beloved companion, embodying all that is good and beautiful in nature.
Purchasing a horse is an important decision, one that simply should not be made lightly. Lily Blank, sales representative at www.DressYourHorse.com says, “You must be aware of where a horse fits into your schedule and that of the family.” She says, “You need to think about the long-term financial ramifications you’re setting yourself up for. There’s still the care, housing, exercise, and commitment regarding the horse’s life.”
Perhaps how much you pay for your prospective horse becomes the easiest piece of a larger puzzle. A seller sets the price and you decide if it works with your budget.
Answers get tougher since there are many possible twists and turns in making the decision to get a horse. You want the best match, and don’t want to get rid of a horse that did not work out. Blank’s best advice is “Get rid of emotions at this point, and think with your brain during your search. Form no solid attachments, make no hasty decisions, and don’t just listen to your heart.” Instead she advises you use common sense and logic, solicit the help of a trusted professional trainer or veterinarian, and form no conclusions based solely on emotion. Proceed with caution and never let emotion rule.
Decide early on whether you will be getting a mature horse, one that is well trained and well suited for everyone to ride. Or, will you get a relatively “green” horse that requires finishing?
What exactly are your ultimate plans for your new horse? Will he become your show horse, or do you plan on hitting the back forty trails? Will you ride strictly for pleasure or do you need to condition and bulk up muscles on your horse for eventing, hunting or jumping?
Everyone in your family is in favor of the decision to purchase a horse. Has everyone agreed on a breed preference? Are you seeking a high-headed powerhouse of horse nobility, full of fire and spirit?
In fact, are you considering the purchase of a stallion? Best think long and hard about not only the breed of horse but the sex as well. Stallions are management problems in most situations. Even though he is well behaved, docile and obedient, remember he is a stallion and may, therefore, become unpredictable in the presence of other horses, especially mares.
For that matter, mares may occasionally be moody, feisty and tricky, too. If you have no intention of reproducing your horse and breeding is not an issue, then consider the compliant, kind and dependable gelding.
You are ready to scout for the perfect horse, using brains sans depending on your emotions. You can afford the purchase price, are fine with maintenance and continuous care expenses, know how you’ll use the horse, breed and sex preferences have been decided, and you are able to make an informed decision.
Consider one additional variable in your search for that perfect horse. Blank recommends that you check out the wonderful horses available at rescue farms around the country – their only fault is that they have run into bad times. Most often these animals have been given up because people could not afford to keep them; possibly they were abused and neglected. Blank says the rescue horses will give you lifelong service and friendship just to have forever homes and your love.
The final price for your horse is personal and relative. If the perfect horse, or the horse you wish to rescue, is sound and meets your budgetary constraints, you have found a match.
Of course, the list of questions is endless. The point of this article is to get new horse owners to think not just near term but years ahead so the horse becomes a family member and is not discarded needlessly. Enjoy looking, make your final selections, consider a rescue and choose wisely.
Your prospective horse is worth the price you are willing to pay for him. Regardless of what that is, he will become a real friend.