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Monday, 11 February 2019

5 Things You Must Think About Before Buying a Horse

1. What kind of horse is right for you?

When buying your first horse, you really need to think about your own skills, what environment you will be bringing the horse to and the level of care you can provide.  For example, if you cannot get a stable so your horse will be a field pony, you need a horse that can live out all year.  

I would always suggest asking a trainer to come with you and/or pick the horse for you.  Yes, you may not really want the horse that the trainer chooses (and you CAN decide not to buy that one) but they are probably looking for something that is right for you, not just the one that has the best personality or colour.  

Bay horse with star and snip markings up close looking at the camera while standing in a field with trees in the background.

2.  Money

We all know that horses cost a lot of money to keep.  Buying them costs thousands without the ongoing costs of tack, products and health appointments.  

Some things to think about the costs of horses -
  • Livery costs 
  • Feed and bedding 
  • vet, farrier, dentist e.c.t
  • lessons 
  • saddles and any other gear 
  • insurance 
There are probably other things and I  save up emergency money in case anything happens and I need to pay something immediately.  

A farrier holding a horse's hoof while taking out nails from the horse's shoe

3.  Do You Have The Time?

Time is a big part of owning horses.  I spend about 5 hours a day up at the yard riding, mucking out, poo picking, grooming and much more.  In my experience, people either need hours of spare time a day OR they need the money to pay someone else to do it all so you can just go to ride.  

A white horse and a palomino horse being ridden on a road

4. Where are you going to keep your horse?

Livery yard? Renting a field?  Obviously, you can't get a horse if you don't have anywhere to keep it!  Looking for somewhere close to your home can be quite hard in certain areas (and if you are flooded with livery yards close by you are very lucky!!).  

You should think about what you need from a livery yard and go see the place a few times.  You need to talk about what kind of livery it is, how much the livery is and any extra costs.  You also need to know any rules and how the livery yard works with grazing, turnout and bringing in times and more! 

For example, I would look for -

  • unlimited turnout with my own field for my horses
  • Large stables with rubber matting 
  • Good quality hay + bedding 
  • Indoor and outdoor schools 
  • A round pen 
  • Equipment to look after my field (quad bike, topper, etc)

A bright red horse barn surrounded by fences, fields and trees

5.  What Are Your Plans For The future

Are you planning to go to a university far away from home?  Do you want to progress quickly?  These are all things that you need to think about before buying your horse.  I personally wouldn't buy a horse until you have progressed enough to buy a horse that will take you through the levels.  

I also wouldn't buy a horse just to sell it in a year because you are moving or want a more athletic horse.  

A bay horse with a rider jumping over a white and dark green jump at a competition.


I am not a horse trainer or any other equestrian professional.  I only give advice on horsey topics that I have experience as a horse owner in.  Please don't follow my advice without contacting a relevant equestrian professional.  


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