Things to Consider Before Owning a Horse
1. One should take riding lessons and lease a horse in exchange for caring and riding benefits. If no horse is available, a potential horse owner may experience how to look after the animal by volunteering in a riding center, community stable, or a local horse rescue.
2. A potential horse owner should consider the costs of acquiring and caring for the animal. Maintenance costs thousands of dollars a year, more than the purchase price of a horse. Care for the animal includes food, water, shelter, grooming, hoof care, dental care, vaccinations, and training, etc.
3. When looking for a horse to adopt or purchase, one should ask trusted horse owners, search in horse rescue organizations, or inquire online for legitimate horse breeders across the country.
4. Horses live for about 30 years, and a potential horse owner should seriously consider the length of time and money it would take to care for a horse. One should find a way on how to relinquish the animal properly if care couldnt be provided anymore.
Caring For Ones Horse
Aside from the standard requirements of food, water, and shelter for the animal, a potential owner should:
* Find the services of a veterinarian to vaccinate horses from communicable diseases such as horse fever and tetanus
* Provide a healthy environment for horses, for a long life
* Be selective at choosing a veterinarian and ferrier
Protecting Ones Horse
1. Have the identity and records of the horse installed on a microchip, which is then attached under the animals skin.
2. Keep hard copies of identification documents, photographs, and health certificates of the animal in a safe place, ready to be retrieved if the horse is discovered missing.
3. Keep barn doors and farm gates locked.
4. Install motion sensor devices or closed-circuit television for any presence of unidentified persons.
5. Block driveways and isolated roads with gates to prevent unrecognized vehicles from entering the compound.
6. Always report to local authorities any suspicious movement of people around ones vicinity.
Surrendering The Care For Ones Horse
Fate and fortune do not always smile on some horse owners, who by choice or not, have to give up caring for their horses. There are proper ways to surrender the animal without compromising its right to life.
1. One option is to lease the horse to persons who are willing to share in the cost and maintenance of the animal. In exchange, these individuals who opt to lease instead of own a horse get to ride and care for the animal for a certain period of time.
2. One can sell the horse to a properly screened private horse owner.
3. A horse owner can surrender his/her animal to a legitimate horse rescue, sanctuary, or therapeutic ride center.
4. Horses should never be sold in animal auction houses, for most of the animals that are bought this way are delivered to other countries only to be killed and eaten.
Horses are great, beautiful beings which deserve the love and care of every responsible and committed horse owner.