When I was growing up some of my family were farmers and they owned horses. I can’t even remember the first time
I sat on a horse, but I was told that my uncle, Ed Curtis, put me on one of his work horses when I was two years old. I do
remember when I was four years old Ed Curtis used to put me on his horse named “Old Harry”, and I would ride back
and forth through the rows while he cultivated his corn field.
I got my first pony when I was five, but I didn’t get along with that pony ver well. I just never bonded with him.
That problem was resolved I was eight, when we got rid of the pony and I got my first horse. Star was a pretty good little
horse, but she died when I was ten, and I didn’t own another horse until I was twelve. This horse was named Dan,
and I kept him until I went into the U.S. Army at age 18.
When I left the U.S Army at age 27, the first thing I bought was a horse. For the next thirty years I owned, trained and
exhibited horses in southeastern Ohio until I began to have serious health issues that prohibit me from taking care of horses.
This is just a quick view for anyone who thinks they want to buy a horse!
It costs a lot of money beyond the price you pay for your horse.
Unless you own a barn it is moderately expensive to rent a place to keep your horse.
It is very expensive to buy feed for your horse.
Veterinary expenses are high just for routine care, that does not include accidents or illness that can happen to your
Keeping our horse shod is another expense.
Essential tack items such as brushes, curry comb, hoof pick, horse blanket, saddle, bridle et., etc. and tools to clean
your stall are another expense.
If you plan to exhibit or show your horse, you will need a pickup truck that is capable of pulling your horse trailer.
There is a great expense to buy, maintain and fuel your truck. The cost of buying a horse trailer depends on the quality you
can afford, but a good serviceable horse trailer is a considerable expense.
Last but not least, before you buy a horse, you should understand that owning a horse will restrict your participation
in most other activities. Ideally, your horse should be fed three times each day and the horse stall should be cleaned at
least once each day. This means every day for as long as you own a horse! Thus buying a horse is more than just
a casual hobby - it is a way of life!