Top 10 Things to do BEFORE you go horse shopping
Buying a horse is a big commitment in both time and money. The emotional energy spent is a large factor as well. With so many horses for sale, how do you choose?
If you buy a horse before you lay the correct groundwork, you run the risk of coming home with one that isn’t suitable for you. At the worst, he could be dangerous and at best, you could easily spend a thousand dollars or more to get professional trainer to correct the problems.
Make a plan before you look at horses for sale and do these 10 basic steps first.
1. Take riding lessons for at least six months.
Horse riding lessons will teach you the basics of control and the foundation for correct horsemanship. In addition to learning to ride a horse, youll also learn how to safely groom and handle one. You’ll establish a relationship with a professional horse person in your area who knows you and who you can turn to for help if you need it.
2. Decide on the type of riding you want to do.
There are many types of horse riding styles. The most basic are Western or English. Then you can break down those two...