Many children dream of having their own ponies. As an adult, you can make that childhood wish a reality. Caring for a horse takes a lot of time and money, so you’ll need to make sure you have the budget for it before you get started.

Boarding

Every horse needs a safe place to live and food to eat. This includes not only the building itself but bedding and proper nutrition. If you don’t have the space or money to build a stall barn yourself, a cost comparison of nearby boarding houses can give you a good idea of how much to plan on spending.

Lessons

New horse owners need to learn how to ride properly. Even if you have a lot of experience, a refresher course is helpful when it comes to bonding with your own animal. This is especially important if you want to enter your horse in competitions. 

Equipment

You need to invest in a good saddle and bridle. Grooming supplies are necessary for making sure your horse stays happy and healthy. If you are competing, you may want to purchase horse jump equipment to practice. As with most expenses, you need to make sure you have enough ongoing income to replace used and worn-out supplies.

Professional Care

There are several things your horse is going to need that you can’t provide yourself. You need to establish service with both a farrier to assist with shoeing and a veterinarian with an equine specialty. Never skimp on these important regular appointments.

Owning a horse can be quite rewarding, but it is a huge responsibility. You have to have enough knowledge to do your part as the owner and know when to get help from others. Quality care starts with having a solid budget for all the things your horse needs to thrive.