📷: CTA Grad Wiriwillo & his human
Deciding whether horse ownership is for you is a big decision, and there are several factors to consider. Here are some things that can help you decide whether or not horse ownership is right for you:
- Time: Owning a horse requires a significant time commitment. You'll need to spend time feeding, grooming, exercising, and caring for your horse's needs. Consider whether you have the time to dedicate to horse ownership.
- Cost: Horse ownership can be expensive. Make sure you have a realistic budget and are prepared for the costs associated with horse ownership, including feed, veterinary care, farrier services, and equipment. Check out Horse Illustrated's Horse Cost Calculator: This horse expense calculator will help you add up the estimated or quoted costs you may have for your new horse. Use this to determine how much you need to budget for your new steed every month and every year.
- Experience: Horse ownership requires knowledge and experience. Consider your riding and horsemanship skills, and whether you feel comfortable and confident handling and riding a horse.
- Lifestyle: Owning a horse can impact your lifestyle. Consider whether you're willing to adjust your schedule and activities to accommodate your horse's needs.
- Facility: Make sure you have access to a suitable facility or land for your horse. This includes a safe and secure barn or stable, paddocks, and fencing.
- Support: It's important to have a support system in place, including a veterinarian, farrier, and experienced horse person who can provide guidance and assistance as needed.
- Goals: Consider your goals for horse ownership, whether it's for pleasure riding, competition, or other activities. Make sure your goals are realistic and achievable.
By carefully considering these factors and talking to other horse owners, you can determine whether horse ownership is right for you. Remember, horse ownership can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience, but it's important to be prepared and informed before making the commitment.