Being a responsible horse owner is a lifetime commitment that not only is worth the time and effort but at a price. Owning a horse is not cheap by any means. If anyone ever tells you that owing a horse is cheap is truly lying to you.
Before you ever consider buying a horse you need to keep in mind many things
Horses can live to be at least 35 years of age and as they age; their maintenance becomes more expensive with supplements and different types of feed which is more costly.
You have to consider all the expenses that come with horse ownership. Tack such as saddles, halters, lead ropes, bridles, reins, blankets, bits, training aids, vet bills, every six to eight week hoof trims, first aid kits, riding lessons, feed, hay and gas for the truck to haul your horse to events or to the vets for yearly checkups or injuries. A yearly blood test called a Coggins is necessary when hauling horses to any event where others have horses. This is a test that proves your horse is not contagious with a deadly disease. Horses cannot live on grass alone. Grass does not provide enough nutrients that grain or hay can give them.
You have to consider the type of horse you want to buy also. A rescue which is normally abused horses that need more care and little or no riding. You can buy a horse at an auction for almost nothing but you do not know the habits of the horse and more than likely will end up getting a bucking, biting, train wreck instead of a gentle riding horse.
Horses are a responsibility that you cannot forget about. You cannot buy one, put it in a pasture or a stable and forget about it. They need daily food and more water during the hot summer months and in the winter time; they need shelter from the harsh winter months. They give you unconditional love and years of companionship for many years.
Once you become a horse owner it is in your blood because they become a part of you but as you age you will find that taking care of them as they age and you do too that it can be harder on your body. You could hire someone to help you care for your horse but it is not the same thing as the owner being there. Horses learn to trust very few people as they are flight animals and if they are scared of fearful they can hurt someone.
Horses can however teach young children and teenagers great responsibilities but you have to have a job and money in the bank to care for them. If you have many bills or are in debt then owning a horse is not a good idea. Many horse owners will tell you that they never have extra money after they pay their bills and care for their horses but they will tell you that their equine friends will always eat first!! Owning a horse can be a lifelong friend or a short nightmare so before you consider being a horse owner think very long and hard and look at your finances. Many people buy horses simply because their neighbors have them and they do not consider that their neighbors know more about ownership. Many people buy them because they think it is cool and they end up neglecting the horses and the law has to step in and take ownership of the neglected and abused horses.
So before you consider owning a horse asks a horse owner what is really required and you will think twice about owning one. Sometimes it is better to admire them from afar and instead go ride or rent one at a stable or at a friend’s house. That way the horse is taken care of instead of neglected or left for dead. There are too many abused and neglected horses today simply because people thought it was “so cool” to own a horse.
Be smart, think about it first, and do not jump at the chance simply because your neighbors or friends have one or it’s going to be given to you for free. Horses are never really free, except when they run away from you!!! Instead save your money and donate it to care for horses that are at rescues for the remaining of their lives because of the idiots that bought one and could not care for it period because they thought it was so cool!! It is not cool; it is a job right next to the other job you already have!