Don’t horse around with commitment

By Connie Orcutt • Published: February 1st, 2015
Category: Animal Airwaves

There are many horses rescued from tough situations that need good homes. But there’s much to consider before you adopt one.

First, don’t assume that adopting rather than buying a horse gets you off the financial hook. There are still plenty of equine expenses to consider. Along with food and board, you need to budget for routine veterinary care, shoeing and riding supplies. You also need to plan for extra costs associated with possible emergencies.

Next, be sure you know precisely why you want a horse. Are you looking to compete, or is your goal more relaxed? If a youngster will be riding, make sure the horse is child-friendly. Some horses can no longer be ridden but might be just what you’re looking for in a gentle buddy.

Above all, remember that when you adopt, you’re making a commitment to a horse for its entire life, not just for the time it can serve your riding purposes.