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Buying a horse: When you get him home

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Paying for your new horse

So you’ve got your new horse home. It’s an exciting time, but, what if something goes wrong or you’re not sure where to start?

  • First things first, if you haven’t already, sort out your horse insurance. After the time, effort (and money) which has gone in to finding your perfect equine partner, getting him insured is a wise choice. Take a look through our top tips on chosing the right insurance policy.
  • Let him settle in. Moving from one yard to another is a big change and one that he’ll take time to come accustomed to.
  • Don’t expect too much too soon — set yourself small goals to start with and give you and your horse the necessary praise when you achieve them.
  • Remember taking small steps and building solid foundations will help you have a solid future. If you rush at the start, chances are you’ll have to go back and start again at some point in the future — do it properly once.
  • Don’t try anything new with him — yet. The seller will have explained to you what the horse is used to and what he has achieved, so, for the first few months stick to what he knows.
  • Spend time getting to know him on the ground. Your new horse needs to trust you, just as much as you need to trust him, so take plenty of time on the ground building your trust.

Good luck with your search. We hope our guide will help you to find your perfect horse and establish a great relationship with him.

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Originally published on horseandhound.co.uk