Don't kid yourself thinking that owning your own horse is all fun and games. Its a lot different than visiting your local stables and going for rides or helping out at the stables doing all the things you may think you have to do for your own horse or pony. Well think again, its not!!. Before buying a horse ask yourself the following question. Can I afford it, constant bills for grazing, food, shoes, saddle and other tack & also a rug for those cold winter nights, brushes and oils and regular vet treatment which alone is a big expense and if you buy a young horse there is a big cost to have it broken in and insurance for your horse is important and that is just a fraction of costs that you will incur. Visit any shops that sell horse tack, food suppliers and ask your local vet about routine treatment for your horse and how much emergency call outs cost, then call on your local stables or land owner to make sure that you will have somewhere to keep your horse.
Now after that your horse needs a lot of love and attention, have you got the dedication it takes to care for your own horse. Owning your own horse means getting up extra early if you are still at school and giving up your spare time after school and at weekends to be with your horse. Rain or shine, your horse needs the care it deserves, so be prepared to sacrifice a good part of your social life.
Now sum up all of the above and see if you still feel the same way about owning your own horse think carefully as once you have got your horse it needs your instant dedication.
If the place you choose to keep your horse does not usually keep livestock, inspect the field carefully to make sure that there are no poisonous plants that may make your horse sick and check all the hedges for gaps where your horse may escape, an open shelter is always nice for your horse when there is bad weather, but if a shelter is not possible look for a field with some trees or high hedges for shelter. Water for your horse to drink in the form of a stream or trough is an absolute necessity and whilst on the subject of water make sure the field is not or is not likely to be waterlogged and finally make sure that the field gate is secure with a good padlock to keep thieves out.
Choosing a horse
Before buying a horse, think carefully about what you want it for. If you are just starting out and don't know a lot about horses,