Frequently Asked Questions About Buying Your First Horse or Pony

What You Must Know Before Buying a Horse

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What are the basics of horse care you must know to look after your first horse or pony? These Horse Care FAQs will answer your questions about basic horse care: food, shelter, costs, necessary equipment, alternatives to ownership and the time it takes to care for a horse or pony. Learn about basic horse care.

     

    • Horse Care FAQ: I have a big field. If there's grass can my horse just live out there without extra food?

      What about all the good grass growing out in the field? Is that enough? Here’s a look at what your horse might or might not need besides the foodstuffs nature intended it to eat.
    • Horse Care FAQ: What's the best type of fencing for horses?

        It would be great if we could just turn our horses loose and they’d come back to us. But, that rarely happens. Good fences make good neighbors, and keep your horses safe and contained. Learn the best options for horse fencing.
      • Horse Care FAQ: How much does it cost to keep a horse?

      • So what is all this going to cost? Here’s a break down of all the expenses you’ll incur in caring for your horse. Remember that many factors affect costs such as feed and farrier work, but this is a basic breakdown of how you'll need to budget for your horse.