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    Owning your first horse is a very exciting prospect. It is ultimately what every rider aspires to. Visualize those lazy summer hacks down country lanes; competing at your local show; that first place rosette!!! In reality, finding and maintaining your perfect horse may not be as easy or as cost effective as you first think. Before buying or loaning your first horse you need to consider the...

    Any horse lover will understand the obsession of riding a horse and the desperate longing to get as much time in the saddle as possible. Even when you’re on holiday you might find it hard to stay away from the stirrups. But fear not, you can jump on a horse just about anywhere on the planet; there are some quite special places to do it as well. We’ve taken some of the top rated ridi...

    How to ride a horse - a beginners guide At times frustrating, at times highly rewarding – teaching a beginner the joys of riding for the first time is a challenging job. Just remember how delightful your first introduction was learning to ride. There’s nothing more enjoyable than seeing a beginner’s eyes light up with joy whilst riding. However, you’ll need to ...

    In general, buying a horse can cost anywhere between £500 and £15,000+. A lot of factors contribute to this price, such as breed, size, age and pedigree etc.  On average, a horse on Horsemart will cost £3,935, but you're able to get them far cheaper.  Before taking that giant leap and purchasing your first horse, you'll want to take a lot of things ...

    There is a certain dress code required for show jumping that is important to get to grips with before you plan to compete. The type of equestrian clothing required will vary depending on the level at which you are competing. Amateur, unaffiliated horse jumping contests are usually quite relaxed but professional contests require specific attire. Keep reading to find out more about everything you...

    Knowing where you stand is vital when entering into a livery yard agreement. An agreement can come in all different forms as a result of the different types of livery available (e.g. full, part, DIY etc), the facilities on offer, and the conditions of the yard. A livery agreement should always be in writing before the horse is placed in a livery yard. The proprietor of a livery yard should ...

    Maintaining a commendable quality of life for your horse can sometimes be tough, especially without any guidance. As a horse gets older they are far more vulnerable to disease and illness that could potentially threaten their later years. It’s daunting to think that keeping your horse in good health when they are much older depends on how you’ve treated them right from day one. ...

    Horse riding clubs often have show jumping competitions which they organise themselves. For these smaller events you’ll find that rules can be altered to suit those competing. The official British Show Jumping Association competitions have to adhere to their BSJA conditions. The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) includes the rules for international competitions including the Olympi...

    Horse sharing can be beneficial and rewarding for both the original owner and shared carer. Not only can it give an inexperienced horse the lover the chance to take responsibility, but it can help an owner give their horse the care they cannot provide themselves. This article takes a look at what sharing a horse means and what it can offer on both sides of an agreement. Limiting Fa...

    Owning a horse can be more complicated than you might think, and the loaning of a horse is just one issue that has legal barriers to be overcome before it can occur.    The sample loan agreement below is a guide to the type of agreement that may be made between the horse owner and the person wanting to take the horse on loan. When amended, completed and signed by both ...

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