Owning a horse is a big and exciting step to take for any equine lover. You have perhaps done extensive research on the four-legged pal you want to call your own, and your heart is set on a particular breed that will match your needs perfectly.
Before you go any further, horse ownership is not just a milestone for every equestrian, but it is also a great responsibility. If you have been riding for a while, the reason behind your serious thought on horse ownership may be because of your genuine love for your riding partners—but there’s so much going on “under the saddle” that you need to consider. Even if you employ help, rent lodging, and know of a reputable veterinarian, the responsibilities of owning a horse don’t end simply after you hand over the reins to the stable hand or groom. Here are a few factors to consider before making the commitment to owning a horse: