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Owning a horse

The prospect of owning your own horse is exciting – this might be something you have always dreamed of doing! There are many things for you to think about first, however, and it’s important to make the right decision - so make sure that you prioritise your own wellbeing and that of your future horse by not rushing into anything.

  • Last reviewed: 7th June 2022
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Buying an equine that turns out to be unsuitable or unsafe can be extremely upsetting and potentially leave you in a difficult situation. It’s well worth taking the time to fully research and assess the impact that owning a horse will have on your daily life and your finances.

Do you have the time?

Horses require daily care, so taking on the responsibility of owning a horse is going to be very time consuming. No matter whether your horse is field-kept or stabled at an equestrian yard, they will need to be checked a minimum of twice a day to ensure their health and welfare is maintained. If you are unable to attend to your horse for any reason, you must ensure a capable and reliable person attends on your behalf.

Daily jobs vary depending on the time of year and whether your horse lives out or is stabled for part of the day.

You should also consider how you’ll make space in your schedule for all the regular appointments your horse will need. Visits by farriers, saddle fitters, equine dental technicians and vets will all require your time. 

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Finances

Buying and keeping a horse is a big financial commitment. The initial purchase cost of your horse can be relatively small when compared to the annual cost of upkeep, which can run into many thousands of pounds, so it’s vital to consider how the long-term costs stack up. 

Consider how unforeseen circumstances such as unemployment, illness or sudden price increases might impact on your ability to care for and keep your horse. 

Building the perfect partnership

Owning a horse is a long-term commitment, as building a bond with your new equine takes time and effort. This can be an immensely rewarding experience, however, and the relationship between a horse and their carer, owner or rider can be a strong one. A good partnership between horse and rider can feel like you each know what the other is thinking, and you can anticipate reactions and behaviours before they happen - you understand one another! The BHS can help you to ensure that owning a horse continues to be a pleasure and that your partnership stays on the right track with advice, support and resources from experts.  

Get in touch - we're here to help

The BHS Horse Care and Welfare Team are available to offer you advice and support with any questions or concerns you may have.

Don’t hesitate to call us on 02476 840517 * or email welfare@bhs.org.uk 
- You can also get in touch with us via our social media channels. 

Opening times are 8:35am-5pm from Monday to Thursday and 8:35am-3pm on Friday. *Calls may be recorded for monitoring purposes.