Owning a horse can be an incredibly rewarding experience and one that many people have cherished for generations, however, it’s important to consider the potential stressors of such a responsibility. Horses are highly intelligent and emotionally sensitive animals, so their care must be managed in a thoughtful, gentle manner.
Day-to-day stresses - From being up at the crack of dawn and getting morning chores done before work, to late-night trips to the yard in typically British weather, horses are not always the easiest animals to love and enjoy because of the never-ending cycle. Sometimes, owning horses doesn’t seem as fun as you dreamt it would be but it is definitely worth it.
Emotional investment - horses and ponies don’t take too long to become part of the family and it can become just like having a big dog, lots of cuddles, days out, grooming, treats and more. Therefore, when something unexpected happens that puts your horse at risk, it will be tough emotionally.
Financial stresses - the taboo of what horses cost. Ultimately, horses are an investment you won’t see a return on financially. Between the regular outgoings of rent and feed, you’ve also got the potential risk of large vet bills. If your horse or pony is not insured, you’ll need to have a backup fund just in case.