To Horse or Not to Horse, the age old parenting question

Horses are incredible animals. With some reaching speeds as fast as 50 km/hour, it’s easy to see the power which these great beasts have hidden away. Of course, though, they aren’t just strong, as these large creatures also come with a huge deal of emotions which all need to be tended carefully. This leaves a lot of little boys and girls pining after a equestrian friend, but should you be giving it to them? To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the key pros and cons which come with an animal like this, giving you an idea of whether or not one would be right for you.

The Pros: In reality, being able to ride, look after, and understand a horse is a set of skills which very few people have. While horses are becoming less common, they are still very important in a lot of places, and this means that there are always jobs in this field. You don’t just have to think about your child’s future, though, as a horse could give them a lot in the present, too. If they are having a rough time at school or don’t seem happy with life, having a companion like this could change their outlook. Along with this, it will also give them a great chance to go outside a few times each day.

The Cons: For most people, the biggest negative which will come with a horse will be the price you have to pay to own one. Even ignoring the initial purchase, a stable to keep them in won’t be cheap, as they often come with loads of other support. Along with this, loads of time will have to be sunk into an animal this size, with simple grooming taking several hours when you’re not experienced. You will be able to pass most of this down to the kids to handle. But, if they miss something or can’t go for the day, you will have to pick up the slack and invest some time.

There are a lot of reasons to avoid owning a horse, along with plenty of excuses to get one, too, making it hard for parents to know what to do with this request. Websites like can help you to find a good place for a horse to stay, giving good deals to those who sign long contracts. Of course, though, along with this, it will also be worth researching horses in general, as there could be a lot of hidden work which you’re not aware of.

With all of this in mind, you should have a much easier time of deciding whether or not your family needs a horse. Of course, in reality, this is very much a luxury purchase, and this is reflected in the price you have to pay. With the benefits it can give to a child, though, it could be well worth it, and you will have to decide for yourself.

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