Horses For Beginners - Your First Horse

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					Horses For Beginners - Your First Horse If you are interested in learning more about
horses for beginners or are looking for your first horse, then this article is for you. This
article discusses the types of things you should look for when looking for a beginners
horse. Time dedication Horses require a lot of maintenance. If you think you can just turn
your horse out to grass in a field and not worry about it, you are wrong. Horses need to
have their feet trimmed and may need shoeing depending on the amount of work they do.
Like people, they need to have exercise, or they can get out of shape and fat. Some horses
can eat so much that that they founder, which means their fee hurt so much they can't
walk. Horses that have a tendency to gain weight should wear a grazing muzzle when
turned out to grass, to prevent overeating. Ponies are especially prone to founder. Horses
need to be checked every day to make sure they are not sick or injured. If you board your
horse at a boarding facility, your horse is usually checked every day, which helps if you
can't check on him every day. Your Ability The horse's amount of training and your
ability are a big consideration when looking for a horse for beginners. If you have no
riding experience, it is best to get a well trained quiet horse. These horses are sometimes
called schoolmasters. It means they know their job. They are good horses for beginners to
learn on, especially if you find one that is very forgiving. This means they don't get upset
when beginners do things wrong. Your Finances There are a wide range of prices related
to horses. Fancy, flashy show horses can cost thousands of dollars, whereas horses that
are less fancy can be more moderately priced. The amount of training a horse has can
also affect its price. For example, if a horse is young and has a little bit of training, it will
not cost a lot. Unfortunately, horses with little training are not good beginners horses. A
horse that is between 6 - 8 years old and has good training is usually more expensive.
These horses are in their prime. A horse that is over the age of 10 or 12 years old usually
is well trained, but health and the condition of the horse's joints is a consideration. Older
horses are usually great beginner horses, but they may have more associated vet expenses
due to their age. Choosing Your Horse It is advantageous to have someone experienced
go with you when you are choosing your first horse. It is best if you have a trainer, who
will not only give you lessons after you buy the horse, but help you choose a horse that
will be suited to you. Buying vs. Leasing You don't always have to buy a horse. You also
have the option of leasing one. There are a lot of different lease arrangements available
including half leases and free leases. Free leases basically mean that you don't have to
pay the owner to use the horse. In this arrangement you are responsible for the horse's
care and living arrangements. Half leases mean that you may use the horse a few days a
week, while the owner or someone else uses the horse the other part of the week. If you
do have a lease a horse, make sure you have a written agreement, so you know who is
responsible for all of the expenses related to the horse, like vet bills. As you can see, there
is a lot to consider when getting your first horse. Before you jump into a purchase or a
lease arrangement, make sure you do a lot of research first, so you get a horse that is well
suited to your individual needs. For more helpful horse related information, including
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