While exciting, getting yourself a horse is unfortunately not simple. Like buying a new car, you have to do a lot of research to make sure you get the right one. Luckily, reading this article will teach you all you need to know about how to buy a horse in New Jersey.
Where You Can Buy a Horse
The first thing you should know about how to buy a horse is when to do it. Horse prices are the cheapest during winter, but you’ll have a more limited selection as people are often not in the mood to sell then.
Fall is your best chance for getting the most variety of horses for sale. For the area of New Jersey, you should ask around any local colleges or horse veterinarians to see if they know anything. Sometimes people will be selling horses when they are in the mood to upgrade to a more sophisticated mount.
You can also check online for any postings in your area. There really is no such thing as a “horse store” in New Jersey, so you have no choice but to look for someone who will be selling their horse privately. It’s similar to looking for a used car to buy.
What Kind of Horse Should You Get?
Since this is (likely) the first horse you’ve ever owned, it is very important to get one that is easy to own, offers little maintenance – at least by horse standards – and has a gentle demeanor. Some horses are rowdier than others and may have a bigger than life personality that is not suitable for beginners.
When shopping around for horses, talk to the seller about the horse. Ask how well the horse is trained, and ask about its manners. You want to get a horse that will be easy to ride.
Expenses of Owning a Horse
When considering how to buy a horse, expenses are a big factor to consider. Buying and maintaining a horse is not just a big time commitment but a big financial commitment too. There are many things to take into account, such as stabling, personal riding lessons, grooming, going to the vet, food and riding equipment.
Another expense that is not talked about as much is the legality of owning a horse. If you purchased your horse from a certified horse business dealer or horse breeder then that transaction is taxable.
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