If your child has asked you for their own horse, you may be feeling unsure about getting them one. After all, a horse is a serious commitment both for them and you, so before you rush into buying a horse for your child, you need to ensure that they’re ready. The question is, how do you know if your child is ready for horse ownership?
Is it a phase or do they really love horses?
The first question that you need to ask yourself is, is it a phase or do they really love horses? The thing is, kids go through phases, right now your child may want a horse but next week they might be obsessed with dogs. Before you consider getting them a horse of their own, it’s essential that you’re sure it’s not just a passing phase. If your child has loved horses ever since you can remember, has had lessons for a while, the chances are it’s not a phase. However, you need to be sure before you take a horse on.
How old are they?
It’s important that your child is old enough for the responsibility that comes with having a horse. As a rule of thumb, a child who’s old enough to feed their horse, muck out their stable, and deal with other aspects of care is old enough to have a horse. Of course, for any kids under the age of 12 who have a horse, help from their parents is always going to be needed.
Can you afford the cost?
Like any animal, horses come with a cost. The chances are that you are going to need to be responsible for the financial side of your child’s horse, so you need to ask yourself if you can afford it. If you can’t cover the cost of caring for a horse, then there’s no point even considering it. From the costs of its food, hay, vitamins, and vet care, to the cost of the bespoke stables that it will need, you need to be able to afford to cover it all. Before you agree to getting your child a horse, take the time to work out how much on average it would cost you each month. If you can afford it, it’s not a problem. However, if you don’t have the money spare, it’s probably best to wait until you’re in a better place financially.
Do you have the time?
As mentioned above, if your child gets a horse, the chances are that you’re going to need to help them care for it. If you don’t have the time to do this, then it’s probably not the right time to get a horse. However, if you have lots of spare time and are happy to use it to help your child care for their horse, then it could work well.
A horse is a big commitment and one not to be taken lightly. So before you agree to get your child a horse of their own, take your time to think the decision through.