Why do you want a horse? For a particular purpose, or do you think it would make a nice pet? The most important difference between horses and all the other animals mentioned in this book is that a horse is not meant to be a pet. It is too big, too time consuming and too expensive to keep to be classed as a pet. A horse is meant to be loved and cherished, certainly, but not just to admire and keep.
Before you actually purchase a horse, decide how much you really want one. Unlike other hobbies, horses cannot be put to one side and forgotten. They are costly to purchase and they go on costing money once you have got them home. In fact, horses are amongst the most expensive animals you can own. In addition they require a reasonably large tract of land. In many cases they are very time consuming, as they need to be fed twice a day, groomed and regularly exercised.
In order to put the idea in perspective, it is sometimes best to attend a riding school and have some lessons. In this way you will be introduced to the whole concept of horse ownership. If you decide you still want to own a horse, ask the person who runs the riding school if they know of any horses for sale.
There are many things to consider when choosing your ideal horse. How well can you ride? Are you bold or a bit nervous? Will you soon want to This sturdy riding hack is suitable enter competitions such as gymkhanas, shows or endurance rides? Or are you happy just riding around the countryside? How big a horse do you want, a 120-centimeter pony, or a 160-centimeter thoroughbred? Are you fully grown or will you outgrow the horse? What is your rate of progress in your riding lessons?
If you are progressing quickly, you will soon become bored with a quiet horse which seldom gets out of a trot. An amateur or a child should always have a quiet, gentle, well-broken horse that is neither headstrong nor unmanageable. Old horses are often ideal for beginners. The horse should never be too spirited for the rider’s skill. Only very experienced riders should contemplate an ex-racehorse, whether thoroughbred or standardbred.
What to Look for when Buying a Horse?
Before you get the equine veterinary surgeon to examine the horse.. should examine it yourself. This will save you unnecessary expense if is something obviously wrong with the animal. You will, however, mead know the main things to look for.
Temperament is a very important factor when choosing a new hose. Horses, even the smallest ones, can be very dangerous. It is most important for your safety that you assess the temperament of the horse very carefully. A horse should have kind eyes and should appear friendly with forward. If the owner claims that the horse is quiet ask him to thoroughly how to handle it (for example, rub his hands all over the back and body of the horse, rub down its legs, and pick up the feet). Once the owner had this, repeat the process yourself. Never stand immediately in front of the horse. Unfriendly horses will have their ears back. They may attempt to bite or kick, and will not face you when you enter their box or yard. It is important that you have complete confidence in the horse before buy it. You may need to visit the animal several times to gain confidence. Watch carefully as the owner bridles and saddles the horse. You must assess whether the animal remains stationary or whether for example it is head-shy (resents having its head touched). Once the horse has been saddled, ask the owner to ride it at a trot and canter. You may then feel confident to ride the horse yourself. This will give you an opportunity to get the feel of the horse.
Assess whether it has the confidence to suit you, and generally appraise the horse’s ability. If you are happy with the horse, then call in a vet to give the animal a thorough examination before you commit yourself to the purchase.
Where to Buy a Horse?
Having decided that you can justify owning a horse, or pony, the next step is to find the animal that best suits your purpose. It may be a particular A thoroughbred is usually bred for breed (for example, Arabian, quarter horse, thoroughbred, Welsh mountain racing and may not have a suit pony) or a type (that is, beginner’s pony, sporting horse, show hack or able temperament for a beginner. pleasure horse).
Whether there is any impairment of vision, quickly flick your fingers toward the horse’s eye. Examine the horse’s legs for any obvious abnormalities as splints, ringbone, unusual conformation (bent or crooked knees), town injuries and disorders of the feet. your hand along the top line of the horse, pressing firmly on the spinal column to see if there is any soreness. (Soreness will be indicated by the horse hollowing its back to avoid the pressure.) The hind legs should be examined for ‘sickle-shaped’ hocks, ‘cow’ hocks, or capped hocks. Examine it from behind. The hind legs should be vertical to the ground, with no deviations. If you think you have discovered an abnormality, always contact your vet.
Once you have completed your examination of the horse and it has passed all your tests with flying colors, the next step is to engage an equine veterinarian to examine the horse on your behalf. Make sure the vet is a recommended equine practitioner. Such a person is examining horses all day long and will be able to give you both a professional opinion and a practical opinion as to the horse’s suitability for your purpose.
With the advent of modern drugs it is easy for a dishonest vendor to mask lameness and other abnormalities by sedating an hysterical (highly strung) horse, for example. Even experienced equine veterinarians may overlook a problem under these circumstances, so it is best to take the horse on a ten-day trial basis. Most drugs are out of the system after five days and any lameness or mental quirks begin to show.
Be sure to take special care of any horse lent to you on this basis. It is, after all, not yours. Always insure the animal in case of any fatal accident and make sure you are covered against any damage the horse may cause.