wikiHow to Own a Horse

Three Methods:Phase One: Preparing BeforehandPhase Two: Buying and Starting OffPhase Three: Future Care

Have you ever dreamed of owning a horse, but never knew what you had to do or what you need to buy? If so, read this article! It will tell you all you need to know from selecting a horse to showing, to making a special bond with your horse.

Method 1
Phase One: Preparing Beforehand

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    If you want to have your very own horse, you've got to have enough money to purchase one and buy the essential items and care. Be sure you know that you will be spending at least £2,000/$1,835 at first, then roughly £120/$184 a month after that (per horse), depending on livery costs and how much you want to spend pampering them. Horses are living creatures and need a lot of care and attention. Make sure you're responsible enough and have the time to take care of one.
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    There's no point buying a horse if you have nowhere to keep him! Buy some land near to where you live or rent a place for your future friend at some nearby livery stables. Remember, always check out the place before you finalise any details. Broken fence posts, rusty nails and steep ditches that are partial to getting waterlogged can be hazards to not only your horse but you as well.
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    If you are a beginner horse-owner, be careful if you want to get a horse from a rescue centre. Some of the horses may have been mistreated so they may react badly or dangerously to certain things or need special care. Though, if you are experienced, it is better to buy a rescued horse than one in advertisements. Make sure you know what breed and type of horse you want and what event you want to ride in. You might not want to ride lots of events, maybe you're getting a horse for a pet to just take out on trails and the like. Also, pick a breed that is capable of what skills you need them to learn.

Method 2
Phase Two: Buying and Starting Off

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    Congratulations on buying your horse! You may want to keep it nice and slow for the first few days, maybe just sitting with your horse and talking to him. You could show him his grooming supplies and tack so they're not so scary as they could be when you first bring them out. It's also the perfect time to name/rename him if you want, because his personality will eventually start to show.
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    Once your horse has settled in, time to really start having fun! Gather all his equipment, you should have already bought the grooming products, appropriate tack, feed, hay etc. Groom him, give him a wash if it's a nice, warm day. Take time to make him look really beautiful for his first proper day between you two, as this is the day where your horse will probably start trusting you and making a good bond. It is recommended staying there all day until he's turned out or stabled for the night so you're around him as much as possible, however don't neglect your other responsibilities and forget about the horse!
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    It is not recommended to ride your horse until he has been in his new home at least 2 weeks, but you could maybe take him in the arena and lunge him to give him exercise every day you care for him. When it's time to start riding, find a riding teacher/instructor who will help you two get to know each other. Ask him/her for recommendations on what you should do as a starter.
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    You don't always have to ride your horse when you go places together! Give him a break, and with the head-collar and lead rope go for a walk. It's a really great way to create a bond and a good way to explore new places before taking to the saddle. Just remember your mobile (on silent!) and possibly a map: don't get lost!

Method 3
Phase Three: Future Care

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    Make sure to start tracking your horse's weight as soon as possible (read: ). If you find that he's starting to put on excessive weight, try riding him more and feeding him less while still making sure he's getting enough nutrients. If it's spring he's gaining weight because of the new grass coming through, consider keeping him stabled for a week or so. However if you do this you'll have to ride/lung him ideally once or twice every day. He's still got energy and needs to burn it, plus this will help him lose weight. On the other hand, if he's losing a considerable amount of weight, review how much you're feeding him and add more. If it's already a large amount, your horse could have a health problem, so get the vet out as soon as possible.
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    Make sure you care for your horse at least every two days otherwise he may start to get lonely and may lose your bond. Have fun with your new horse and always remember this golden tip: 'There's no such thing as a bad horse, just a bad rider.' Horses are living creatures just like us. They have the potential to seriously injure or even kill you, but will trust you and love you if you trust and love them back. So never be cruel or mistreat your horse!


  • Be nice to your horse in a manner that you and he feels comfortable with.
  • Research training your horse and what to do if your horse appears to have a sickness, so you'll be well prepared if anything happens.
  • If you could really use the money you pay the farrier for something else, talk to them about making your horse barefoot. It can come with it's own problems, but can be cheaper because you won't need horseshoes - the horse will wear done his feet in pasture.
  • Always have a veterinarian, horse-dentist and a farrier come out every 6 months for their check ups, floating, and shots. Have a farrier come out every 6 weeks to trim your horse's hooves as well.
  • Bring him treats, if and whenever is necessary. However, often your presence is enough to make him happy to be around you, especially if you are calm and quiet around him.
  • It is a good idea to talk to your riding instructor as they can tell you what type and height of horse you will need.
  • Horses are still living creatures, not an object. They can sense everything (if your nervous their nervous etc.), so always remain calm and relaxed around them. When they've been good congratulate them and when they've been bad give them a firm 'No', or a little smack on the shoulder. Never slap them anywhere else, especially on the face, as the will become head-shy.


  • Horses can and will kick, buck and bite, and may even step on your foot if you're not paying attention.
  • Bad training, mistreatment or even misunderstanding of your horse's behaviour can make your horse into one that is dangerous to be around.
  • Horses are liable to get ill and injured, so being aware of the various ailments is important for better health of your horse.

Things You'll Need

  • A horse,
  • Money,
  • A place for your horse to live,
  • Straw/Shavings,
  • Tools (pitching forks, shovels etc.)
  • Hay,
  • Pasture Mix and Pony Nuts,
  • Buckets,
  • Dandy brush,
  • Body brush,
  • Curry comb,
  • Sweat scraper,
  • Rubber curry comb,
  • Sponges,
  • Hoof-pick,
  • Scissors,
  • Mane/tail comb,
  • Horse shampoo and conditioner,
  • Know basic horse management,
  • Saddle,
  • Bridle,
  • Saddle pads,
  • Riding gloves,
  • Helmet,
  • A vet,
  • A farrier.
  • A Halter
  • A Lead Rope

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