Horses are incredible animals. Whether you own them for pleasure and companionship or for business-related ventures, you’ll still get the benefit of being around these large yet docile, intelligent and beautiful creatures. However, if you’re new to horse ownership there are a few things you should know.
See Before You Buy
Some say that buying a horse is similar to buying a used car. While that might seem harsh, it’s not altogether wrong. You simply cannot truly understand a horse from an online description, and some of those descriptions are not always honest. It can also be very difficult to get your money back if you want to return it. Although it might be a hassle, you should make every effort to meet a horse in person before you buy it.
You absolutely need to check the horse’s identification before you make a commitment to buy. Let the seller know you will need to see all ownership documents and history prior to the sale so they can have information readily available. Make sure any verification information matches the horse you see in front of you, as some sellers are known to swap information in order to get a better sale.
Research Insurance Options
Horses are a costly venture for several reasons, and insurance is definitely on the list. A lot of people don’t thoroughly research horse insurance costs before they fall in love with a horse. It’s important to know how much you’re going to need to pay each month in order to ensure your horse has the best medical care available to them.
Going back to the used car analogy, you should always take a used car to a mechanic before you buy it. Similarly, you should take a horse to the vet for an examination before you buy it. It might seem like another hassle, but you’ll be glad you did.
Buying a horse is a big decision, taking these steps will help ensure you made the right one.