When looking to purchase a horse, there are quite a few things to consider. While we are not going to cover everything you need to consider before buying a horse, we do want to shed light on a few aspects that are often looked over.
Are you experienced enough? This question is often not asked when someone has the desire to buy a horse. However, it is perhaps one of the most important. If the experience of riding and caring for an aminal is not there, improper care arises. Before buying a horse, take riding lessons, do research, and learn as much as you can about horses and the care they need.
When looking, focus on temperament. Having a well-mannered and well-behaved horse trumps one who is ill-mannered. Especially if you are a first-time buyer and are just now taking on this responsibility. As with temperament, comes the question of gelding or mare. A stallion should not be on your list. Stallions are better handled by learned professionals who are seasonsed with training and caring for horses.
When you have settled on a horse, always contact a veterinarian to perform a wellness check before you purchase. Doing so will give you an idea of how healthy the horse is and how they have been treated within the custody of the seller.
There are many more aspects to buying a horse, yet the above mentioned are often overlooked when making the decisions. Here at Middleton Equestrian Place, while we do not sell horses, we know that our trail rides are fun and may intrigue your children, or yourself, on purchasing a horse.
If that is the case, join us for more trail rides! We can't wait to see you!
Proper Attire For Horseback Riding
Before you arrive at Middleton Equestrian for your trail ride, we have a few tips on what attire you should don.
When horseback riding, it is best to wear pants that cover the entirety of your leg. This prevents hardware from your tack chafing or rubbing against your skin and causing irritation.
Close-toed shoes are also important because you want to protect your feet and toes from getting hurt by the stirrups or limbs that brush along the trail-line. Close-toes shoes also protect your foot if mistakenly stepped on by a horse.
Along with your shoes being close-toed, having a bit of a heel will also help you control your foot placement during the ride. We have discussed this importance in previous blogs, if you would like to learn more by reading those!
General Clothing Choices
When choosing what attire to wear, remember to avoid clothing that could tangle within the tack. These could be items such as scarfs, loose shirts, and even long loose sleeves.
We provide each rider the proper safety gear, such as helmets, before the trail ride begins.
We hope to see you in your close-toed shoes, pants, and comfortable shirt ready to go when you arrive for your trail ride soon!
Fun Facts for the Family
When you ask your children what their favorite animal is, do they exclaim "horses!"? Does your son or daughter have a love for horses that they know just about every horse fact they can? If so, we have a few more facts about horses you and your kids should know!
Horses have the ability to sleep standing up! While it might not be fun if you try it, horses can get a great night's sleep standing as they can lying cozily on the ground!
Horses have roughly 205 bones that make up their skeleton. The skeletal system is known as the foundation of anatomy!
Have you ever looked a horse in the eyes? Did you notice how big they were? They are known to have the largest eyes out of all the mammals that live on land!
Because their eyes are located on the side of their head, horses are capable of seeing nearly 360 degrees at a single time!
Horses are interesting and lovely creatures! If your kids are obsessed with them, come and participate in our beautiful and fun trail rides!
Middleton Place Team