Bringing a new horse home is exciting whether you are an experienced or first-time owner. Experienced owners have a better idea of what to do after bringing their new animal home, but if you are new to the horse world, you may not know what to do next because being a responsible owner involves a lot more than just riding your pet. Here are three things you should do after bringing your horse home.
Spend Time Bonding With Your New Pet
Horses often share special bonds with their owners but you have to spend time developing that bond if you want it to grow. Spending time with your new horse is the best way to cultivate a positive relationship. You can start by simply spending a lot of time near your pet. You can also perform long, relaxing grooming sessions while you talk to your horse. Building this relationship will help you become a better riding partner.
Prepare for Unexpected Expenses
Horses are expensive. Not only will you need to provide grain and hay for your companion to eat, but you also need to be prepared for unexpected medical expenses. You could be facing an astronomical vet bill if your horse gets sick or injured and you want to provide the best care possible so you may want to purchase horse medical insurance to be prepared if something happens.
Inspect Your Property Regularly
Horses can get injured if your property isn’t properly maintained so you should make it a habit to inspect your property regularly. Invest in proper fencing for horses and make sure it doesn’t fall or become damaged during storms. You should also inspect the terrain so you know there isn’t anything in the pasture that could injure your pet.
Bringing a new horse home can be both exciting and overwhelming if you are a first-time horse owner. Use these three tips to settle into your new routine so you can give your companion his or her best life.