A horse is no ordinary pet, it is a creature of majestic harmony and a beast that will require more than just feeding. There are very few of us, who when younger, dreamt of one day owning a new horse.
When you are an adult, the desire may still burn deep for some to get a horse. But do you know what’s at stake? The truth is horses require a tremendous amount of tender care and we don’t just mean petting and feeding.
One of the most important and first considerations to take in is the cost. A horse is not self-sustaining, it needs shelter, food, water and it will require an amount of care. The medical bills from a horse vet can be rather steep.
The finances of keeping a horse are likely to extend on well after you have paid out the initial cost. When you go away on a holiday or need to a leave of absence, you will have to get someone in to look after the horse.
Horses are like humans is some ways – they are individuals and have different needs and wants, just like us. This is even the case with horses of the same breed. A horse never eats enough grass to support himself, even if you put him in a field with acres of the green plant, he will still not consume the right levels.
A horse needs other food besides grass in his diet. Moreover, a horse can graze for several hours a day on a small field and his teeth will wear down that grass very quickly, it may not have time to recover.
A Horse Needs Space
If you’re thinking of buying a horse and keeping it in your back garden, think again. Unless your garden is several acres, he cannot be kept here. A horse needs space to play and run around in and a stable to keep out of the hot sun or the cold wind and rain.
There are tools you must buy when you invest in a horse. Saddles, reins, bits, stirrups and brushes are just the start. Horses’ hooves will definitely pick up a lot of mud and ground dirt. This requires special tools to keep its feet clean. This is a sensitive area for a horse and infections are common here. Most of these tools can be bought from an equine shop.