Wanting to own a pet and actually owning a pet are two completely different things. It's not something you can make a rash decision about. Like deciding on the spur of the moment to go to the spa for the day. No, owning a pet involves a lot of hard work and is something that is full of responsibilities. That goes double for owning a horse. If you are of the mindset that you want to own a pet, especially a horse, make sure you are in it for the long haul. It's not something you can bail on the moment things get rough. There are a lot of factors that need to be considered when wanting to buy a pet.
You have to determine whether or not you have the time to take care of a pet. You have to invest a lot of your time in taking care of an animal. Even more so if the animal you want to buy is a horse. You don't particularly need a stable of professionals on hand at all times but you do need to know that a horse needs a lot of attention paid to it. You have to feed it at scheduled times throughout the day, you need to take it out for walks or let it run around, you need to know when it's sick or has to be taken into to get its feet looked at. If you don't spend ample amounts of time with your horse, you are doing a disservice to it and yourself. So, before deciding on buying a horse make sure you are going to be able to provide it with all the time it needs to be taken care of. If you think you will be spending too much time away from your home and the horse because of your job, then think twice about your decision to become a pet owner.
In addition to time, another thing you have to worry about when becoming a pet owner is compassion. Will you care for your pet as much as it needs to be cared for? Pets, be they dogs, cats or horses, are like humans. They need love, too. You have to be there to nurture your pet and be there to give it whatever it needs. Compassion and time go hand in hand. If you're thinking of just buying a pet to have one, then you're buying a pet for the wrong reason. You have to truly want a pet to be a part of your life. You can't see it as some sort of object you use on occasion. If you don't make a pet feel welcome you will have problems down the line.
One other thing that you need to be aware of before becoming a pet owner is the costs involved. Owning a pet is expensive. You have to spend money on things such as food, medical bills, leashes and toys. The upkeep for a horse can run you a lot of money so make sure you are prepared financially to take on such an investment. When hiring a service person, you know how much you will be paying in the end. You don't hire them if you can't afford them. Same goes for owning a pet. If you can't afford all the costs associated with becoming a pet owner, then you shouldn't own a pet. For more help in deciding, please read How To Choose A Pet from Parenting.com