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You have just purchased a new horse.

      -If you bought it on its looks alone, itís possible that things could soon get ugly.

       Pretty is as pretty does.

      -Count on an injury or illness immediately.  Iím certain that it is their way

       of convincing us to slow down and take our time getting to know them.

      -Know their first, middle and last names.  In other words, take them on long

       walks, in hand.  Have conversations.  Ask questions.  What do they like?  Donít

       like?  Favorite color, music, food, place to be scratched, habits, fearsÖ?

      -If you are rushed or pressured donít try new things such as trailering, bathing, well, just about everything.  All of those things may not be new to you and your horse individually. As a team they are all new.

      -Try not to change them until you truly know them.  If you listen to them first

       youíll probably find that there is less to change and correct.

      -Be selective and cautious allowing others to handle and ride them.  Even the most gentle, secure horses are confused about new people and places.

      -Take your time introducing new feed, especially unnecessary supplements.

      -Expect them to immediately and methodically test you, humble you, embarrass you and attempt to give you a crash course on their personality.

      -They will suddenly be bigger, more athletic, spirited and independent than you              remembered when you tried them out.  After all, those are some of the reasons we love horses so much, right?

      -Baby steps and taking your time will allow you to reach your goals faster and be more enjoyable for both of you than rushing with giant steps.


Oh yes, lest I forget!  Before you buy a horse:

      -They need to be assured that you are committed to take care of them and are with them for the long haul.

      -Make sure they and you are mentally and physically suited to your expectations and goals.

       -Are you willing to tolerate and accept that there are going to be good days and bad


      -Are they sound and healthy?

      -Unless you are an advanced horseperson or have a reliable, skilled trainer, donít

       even consider buying a horse with dangerous habits.  It is not fair to the horse or you.

      -Know that the purchase price is nothing compared to the cost of care and food. 

       Not to mention the sudden need to buy everything related to horses whether you need it or not.


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