Ask the Vet – What to know when buying your first horse


SARAH: “What should
you know before buying your first horse?” And then too– I think
hopefully ensuring that she got voted in the
top– she said, “Also, your videos are wonderful.” And I would just like
to say, Horse Girl 88, you are wonderful. DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah,
those are helpful. I think it’s very
exciting when someone’s getting their first horse. SARAH: I totally agree. DR LYDIA GRAY: And I try
to think back, you know, but that was so long ago
that I can’t remember. So the first thing I think
about is, what is your interest? What do you want to do? You have to know, at least
right now– it could change, certainly mine has– but are you an English person? Do you ride Western? Do you want to compete? Is pleasure riding
more your style? You have to kind of know what
you’re headed towards so you– SARAH: I feel like you change
yours at least once annually. DR LYDIA GRAY: At
least once annually. Yes. SARAH: You’ve done
all of the things. DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah, yeah. Sometimes not with
the right tack, but– SARAH: There was talk
of English saddle barrel racing, which seemed unwise
and maybe didn’t go well. DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah, yeah. So you have to know what
you’re– what you want to do. And then you have
to know your budget. I think that’s huge and I maybe
should have said that first, but it’s not just
how much can I afford to spend on the horse–
the initial purchase. SARAH: Yes. DR LYDIA GRAY: It’s
the monthly upkeep. And let me tell you,
the monthly upkeep– I figured out one year only– I figured out what I spend each
month and got an annual total and I just about passed out. And the husband
did not see that, but you have to know going
in what it costs to keep that horse, whether you keep it on
your own place or you board it– those are two– another area that
you have to consider. The cost can be just astounding. Then who’s going
to work with you? Whether it’s your
trainer, and who’s going to be your veterinarian? And you start with
the vet early. Based on the cost of the
horse and what you’re going to do with it, like
if you’re buying a horse to show at the top levels of a
sport, which she probably isn’t doing getting a
first horse, you’d want to have a pre-purchase. So you have that,
but immediately when you have your
first horse, you want to have a veterinarian
ready and waiting, because they’re like
accidents not even waiting to happen– there are
just accidents, right? You need to know some
basic horse health and nutrition yourself. Even if you have a
vet and even if you’re boarding and someone’s
keeping your horse for you, you need to know the
normals so that you can recognize the abnormal
and know when to call the vet. And even at the
beginning, there’s basic basic first-aid kits. Maybe all you have right
away is a thermometer and some bandages. You’re always
going to need wraps on a horse for one
reason or another. And as you get more
experience and knowledge, your first-aid kit will grow. I look at the
first-aid kit as sort of a reflection of how long
have you been in the business and what all you’ve seen. I don’t know if she’s
done this already, but I think a really
good way to get into horse ownership is it’s
not actually owning a horse, but it’s leasing. So if you haven’t done
half-lease or full-lease, that’s a great suggestion. Also, being a working
student, you’ll learn a ton– you
work really hard, but you’ll learn a ton because
you’re in someone’s barn. SARAH: And that’s a
really great way — being a working student
in particular — to get exposure to
a variety of horses, because that helps you learn
what you like and don’t like. DR LYDIA GRAY: Without
having to commit. SARAH: Exactly. And so for you, maybe
it’s really important to have a horse who is
pleasant on the cross ties, because that’s a big part– if
you’re this religious groomer that we had in
the last question, you want to have fun
hanging out with your horse. But if you’re looking for
an upper-level competitor, a lot of those horses
have strong personalities, they do not want to be
spending time getting hugged on the cross ties, they want to
be able to do their own thing. So it’s important, you really
have to know what you like and what you don’t like,
because once you have the horse, you’re responsible
for that horse. DR LYDIA GRAY: Correct. And they live a long time. SARAH: They do. DR LYDIA GRAY: That’s
all the advice I have. I’m just– good luck
and very exciting. SARAH: Absolutely. And let us know how it
goes, send us pictures.


4 Responses

  1. Amelia AutumnKeep

    May 30, 2018 1:26 pm

    Really helpful because just getting my first horse love you Sarah and all you smart packers are amazing 😉 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙

  2. Larry Culiver

    May 30, 2018 4:44 pm

    Love your shows but you didn't hit on anything about a farrier foot problems for someone that is getting their first horse definitely needs a know about the expensive farrier service foot problems of the horse and a superior I try to tell people that are leasing horses

  3. Thea Scott

    May 31, 2018 12:14 pm

    Can you please ask what to do if your horse gets minor cut or grazes😊 thanks I love your vet videos


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