There’s a lot to consider when choosing the perfect equine addition to your family. If you’ve done the research and have decided that adopting a rescue horse is right for you, congratulations! Now you must determine how to choose your new best friend.
How to choose your horse
Lots of people have dreams of owning a horse. However, once you’re confronted with the option of actually getting one, you may all of a sudden become like a kid in a candy store; there are so many horses to choose from! How do you choose the right one for you?
Consider the following before choosing a horse:
- Do you have enough money and time for a horse? Horses are a serious investment.
- Do you have the time to care for your horse?
- Do you have a place for your horse to stay (such as a barn) or a place where you can board the horse?
- Why do you want a horse? Is that a good enough reason?
- Are you ready to take on such a commitment? Horses can live for a long time–more than 20 years and you will now become your horses new “forever home”.
- Do you have the necessary supplies? You’ll need lots of stuff to care for your horse, including tack, grooming supplies, and feed.
- Do you have contacts? Every horse needs a good farrier and vet, and, in some cases, a skilled trainer. Having these phone numbers ahead of time can save your horse’s life in an emergency.
- Keep an open mind about the color and breed of the horse. It’s much more important to have a great connection with the horse
- Think about the future. Ask yourself, “If I choose this horse and take it home, will I be truly happy and be able to love this horse? In years to come, can I look back on this moment and know I made the best decision?”
- Meet the horse you’re considering adopting and spend time with it at the rescue. See it and watch it in his own environment.
- Get to know his personality. Having a smart, kind horse will be much more fun than having a beautiful but spooky or mean horse.
If you feel like you are ready to rescue a horse then please view the placement process here
[warning]You must love the horse. Remember, a horse is a lifelong commitment, and you want to feel that owning your horse is 100 percent worth the effort[/warning]
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