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: What basic foods does my horse need?

  • We all need to eat. So first, things first, here’s what to put on your grocery list for your new horse. Best to have these things on hand before your horse is taken off the trailer.

Horse Care FAQ: What are the basic needs of a horse or pony?

  • There are a few things that your horse absolutely can not go without. Comfort, nutrition, companionship and safety need to be considered. Learn the basic needs of your new horse or pony.

Horse Care FAQ: What basic equipment will I need before I bring my new horse home?

  • You'll need to acquire a few basic tools and other equipment before you bring your new horse home. Here's a list to help you find what you need to keep your horse safe and healthy and help you enjoy caring for it.

Horse Care FAQ: I can't afford to buy a horse. Are there other options?

  • When you absolutely can’t afford to buy a horse or there is another reason, such as lifestyle, that prevents you from owning a horse, there are other options to keep in in the saddle. Learn how you can enjoy horses, without actually having to buy one.


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.