Horses are beautiful animals and they have been working with mankind for centuries, helping with various jobs and even inspiring beautiful art such as this bronze horse sculpture by https://www.gillparker.com/ For many people, owing their own horse is a dream come true – so if you are thinking of making your first steps into horse ownership, what should you be looking for in your first horse?
Firstly, learning to ride a horse takes a lot of time and practice, as well as patience, and there are certain breeds which are better equipped for this than others. Even if you have been taking riding lessons, when it comes to purchasing your own horse, as a first timer it is best to avoid breeds such as Arabs which can be a lot flightier and wilful. The types of horses used to farm work such as shire horses are usually easier to manage for a first timer, but it is best to research the breeds and the breeders and speak to them about what it is that you want from your horse so that they can advise you.
The other big thing that you need to consider before buying a horse of your own is the cost – not only the initial cost of buying the horse, but also the ongoing costs that come with it – from vets fees, to feeding, as well as paying people to take care of the horse when you are away or taken ill. It is a huge commitment and requires a lot of time as well as money so make sure that you are realistic about whether you can commit both of these things before making the commitment.