Owning a horse can be quite expensive and comes with great responsibility, and all future horse owners should know what to pick. You may get carried away by those shiny hair and unique colors. However, the wrong horse can ruin your fun of horseback riding. Below are the three things you should consider before buying your first horse.
CONSIDER THE SIZE
There are a number of reasons why choosing a horse of the right size is important. It has a big impact on its physical capabilities and limitations, and size is also important in the show ring. For example; if you have two equal horse with riders that both made a perfect performance, and one is mounted on a horse of appropriate size while the other is a 6-foot man mounted on a 15 hand horse. The possibilities are the blue ribbon will be awarded to the first pair. Why? The overall picture of the team is more pleasing and fitting. If you want to buy a horse for showing, then size is definitely something to take into account.
SUITABILITY AND BREED
A horse’s conformation and breed both play into its suitability for different kind of jobs. Horses were bred a certain way through the centuries for reasons and it is important to research the breed you’re planning to buy. If you want to compete in endurance competitions, an Arabian horse would be a suitable choice as they’re known to be intelligent, loyal and spirited yet gentle. If you want a horse for ring shows and that can hop fences, a warmblood is a better option. Even within breeds, a horse’s structure comes into play. Some horses have higher-set neck while others have a more upright shoulder, all these things can affect how well they can perform specific tasks.
The personality of a horse may be the single, most important quality when you choose one. Horses are just like us; we don’t get along easily. And when you’re about to spend tons of money on a four hundred kilo animal, you have to make sure you get along well and not just the one that merely tolerates you.
Riding a gelding (male horse) is very different than riding a mare (female horse), but even with the gender, each horse has its unique feature. There are some horses that are lazy and needs to be pushed and some are so enthusiastic and needs to be calmed down and held back. There are also some people who want to learn how to ride both types, but when you’re going to buy one, it’s probably best to choose a horse that matches your style.
Personality also encompasses the indefinable quality of a heart. Some horses just don’t care and others care too much, try their best, and these horses are the ones who become champions. In fact, the heart is so powerful that it can make up for some less attractive qualities; in the Olympic 1984 Show Jumping, Gold Medal winner “Touch of Class” was a hot, small-sized Thoroughbred mare, all generally unattractive qualities in the world of show jumping, where much larger Warmblood horses are desired, but none of that mattered because she had a heart. Choosing the right horse is a big commitment and comes with a lot of hardships, but if you keep these 3 things in mind then you’ll have the most wonderful time of your life with your soon-to-be equine partner.