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New Horse

Owning a horse is a big investment, and takes a lot of time, money and can be very daunting at time for new horse owners. Before you buy a horse, you should make sure you have found one that fits your personality, and is suitable for what you want to do. There are a lot of pitfalls that may not only be expensive, but heartbreaking. Find the right horse and you can have a long, happy relationship.

We’ve put together a few tips to help you enjoy your new livestock.

  1. Horses can be expensive. To maintain excellent upkeep of your new horse, you will need to budget for the following:
    • Stable
    • Horse food (Hay and some kind of feed)
    • Decent tack (saddle and bridle)
    • Regular vet visits
    • Deworming
    • Shots
    • Regular farrier visits
    • Emergency treatment
    • Riding lessons
    • Training
    • Equipment and supplies
    • All appropriate medical check ups and supplies
    • transportation costs (if you do not own a horse float)
  2. Find a suitable place to keep your horse. Keeping your horse on your own or rented land should be done only by knowledgeable and experienced horsepeople. Livery/boarding yards are more suitable for a first-time horse owner. At good yards spaces are rarely available and fill fast. Be prepared to pay a weekly/monthly fee to keep the space reserved.
  3. If you plan to have your horse at your house, have an expert help you plan the fencing. Make sure the fencing is secure and is taller than 1.5 meters and that there is no wire or anything that the horse can injure itself on. Ensure you have an adequate water container to supply large amounts of water, have a separate feed dish away from the water.
  4. Learn all you can about horse management. This should include basic horse health and equine first aid.
  5. Make sure you know about you local resources. We are luck to have a number of reputable boarding facilities, tack shops, feed stores, farmers that produce hay, vets and farriers are in our area. The Warwick Vet Clinic also provides a 24hr, 7 day a week ambulatory service to farms or at our horse facility at Morgan Park.