I have been a horse-lover my entire life. Until I married and took up residence in a city, I had always owned a horse or two, and loved every minute of it. Is it a lot of work? Yes, but the pleasure of maintaining such a majestic animal overshadows whatever amount of time, money, and backbreaking effort is required to keep them in good shape. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to keep any of my horses at my home. We just didn’t have the room required, so I boarded them just down the road at a farm that had tons of fenced in acreage and a large, solid barn. In exchange for “room and board” all I had to do were chores around the farm – and I loved it!
Of course, horses are for sale everywhere. If you are thinking about getting one for yourself you really have to know where to look, and how to judge whether or not you are getting what you pay for. You can buy from a breeder, attend a horse auction, or locate someone who just wants to sell for one reason or another. You really have to be careful, however, especially if you plan on buying an auction horse. You might better (if you can afford it) buy from someone who is in the business of breeding top quality horses. Yes, this is rather expensive, but you are probably going to be spending quite a bit of money either way you look at it.
If you buy from someone you don’t know, you only have their word for it that the horse is “sound.” It may become lame after you have had it for a while, it may be sick to begin with, or have other issues that weren’t revealed to you. In my following blogs, I will run through a list of things you should be aware of, questions you will want to ask, and the different types of horse auctions that there are out there. You may just be looking for a horse that you can ride occasionally for pleasure, but you still have to realize that if you do buy from a stranger, and the price seems very low, there is probably a reason for that!
If you are a beginner, you are going to want a horse that is calm and predictable, not young and high strung. Most definitely take some riding lessons from someone who has ridden before, and often. You can’t just hop on and take off across the countryside. Riding entails safety just like any other sport! I can’t emphasize enough that you have to know what you are doing before you attempt to ride, that’s why riding lessons are so important. You wouldn’t just jump off a diving board if you didn’t know how to swim, would you? Or get behind the wheel of a car if you didn’t have a clue how to drive! Horseback riding is the same thing… learn how, and practice a lot. You could get seriously hurt otherwise. These huge animals can be startled by the slightest thing, and an inexperienced rider will not know how to control it!
Okay, I am going to end this little blog right here, and move on and write a few others concerning horses, auctions, know how, and more. If you are serious about owning a horse, I know the following information is going to interest you. Happy riding! (once you learn how, that is!)