Owning a horse is a big responsibility which takes time, commitment and plenty of funds. Horses depend upon their owners to take care of all their basic needs such as food, shelter, medical care, physical and emotional well being. Horses do not have to be ridden, but they do need a significant amount of time spent with them to maintain their basic needs. Keeping your horse healthy will make ownership significantly more pleasurable in the long run.
Being a responsible horse owner means taking the time to educate yourself about horses before buying one. Taking riding lessons and classes on equine care prior to purchase is being responsible. Learning about the correct tack to use on a horse, grooming, housing, training needs, farrier care, vaccinations, teeth floating, worming, how to do saddle fitting, proper riding techniques, safety around horses, basic feeding and health care being some of the many things you will need to know to keep your horse safe, healthy and to enjoy your equine friend for a lifetime. Educating yourself on how to feed and care for your aging or geriatric horse is also imperative. Finally, when your horse has reached the stage where its quality of life is no longer good due to illness, injury or old age, being a responsible owner means humanely euthanizing your horse when it is time.