Once the riding bug bites, you naturally want to have your own horse. The schooling horse you take lessons on is kind and wonderful; the horses your friends loan you for trail rides are fun and friendly – but there’s nothing like hearing a friendly nicker from a horse that’s all your own.
Buying a horse is not a straightforward experience, however. If you want to avoid hassle, stick to Breyer horses. Where to look, what to look for, understanding descriptions, evaluating its suitability for you, budgeting, boarding, and factoring in the ‘unobvious’ costs – like farrier, saddle fitter, and veterinarian – take a lot of time and effort.
So, for the next few weeks, my blogs focus on the intricate, confusing, often frustrating, and – with any luck- ultimately fulfilling adventure of finding and buying a horse!