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Before buying a horse, be well informed


Owning a horse requires some responsibility. It entails a series of obligations for its owner for its daily care: in terms of food, hygiene, health… In addition to the fact that you must make a significant investment and have time to fully take care of it. The horse is an animal that, due to its characteristics, needs more attention and pampering.

Before you jump into buying a horse, you want to make sure you find one that fits your personality and that of other potential riders who may have to ride it. You have to know what level you have, your race, sex, age and, above all, the use that you are going to make of it. Based on these premises, Spanish Horses Sales offers you a series of guidelines so that your purchase is a complete success.


  • Soak up well and study about horse handling. Spanish Horses Sales will inform you of the equine’s health and first aid if necessary. You can go to the library to read about the world of the horse or offer to work as a volunteer in a stable for a few weeks. You will learn the trade and learn more about the personality of the equine.
  • Our team can help and advise you to find the best horse for you, since it is not an easy task and requires time.
  • Be well informed about the local legislation regarding the responsibility of having a horse in custody. It is very useful to know what you can and cannot do, as well as if you must pay fees or taxes for owning a horse. Know what laws apply around the equine world.
  • You feed that form a network of friends passionate about the horse. With them you can talk and learn about the most suitable veterinarians, the blacksmiths who manufacture the most complete horseshoes, the best feed stores… In this regard, you have to know that the best way to feed your horse is with nets that dose the amount of hay that an equine should eat daily. Hay nets allow the animal to avoid the appearance of ulcers and other intestinal problems
  • Be proactive and make an estimate of what you can spend per year on the maintenance of the horse. Take into account their diet, hygiene, training, visits to the vet and blacksmith, as well as the elements they need for their daily care (brushing, saddles, saddles…), especially in winter.


  • It is very important to prepare a suitable place to keep your future horse. The stables or stables with the best accommodations that an equine can have. You can look for ads in local newspapers, magazines or specialty stores or even on the Internet.
  • Before its acquisition, you should visit the horse at least a couple of times. You will have to check how it handles in different situations depending on what you want to do with the horse.
Spring is not only the ideal time for the mare to become pregnant, but it is also the time when the foals are born, since their gestation lasts between 11 and 12 months. This time is characterized by the improvement of the weather, because it is hotter. It is the ideal time to take the horses out to graze, the day is longer and therefore there are more hours of daylight and there is a greater variety of forage... all this makes it a good period for the birth of the foal, since it is guaranteed thus the good nutrition of the mother and that the little one can have better conditions for his arrival in the world. Foals, like many animals, usually feed on mother's milk and over time their diet becomes more complete. Breast milk is the main source of nutrition for the newborn, but it must be taken into account that the foal, when it is born, needs to drink colostrum. Colostrum is a thick, yellowish liquid that the mare produces before her mother's milk. It is a liquid rich in immunoglobulins. It is essential that in the first 24 hours of life, the foal drinks colostrum because the animal's digestive tract can only absorb the antibodies during the first 12-24 hours of life. The newborn foal, on some occasions, cannot drink colostrum for various reasons, either because the mother does not produce enough to guarantee that all the needs of the newborn are covered, that the mother rejects her little one or that the mother dies. In the event that we cannot give the little colostrum, we must find a way to guarantee that he takes it because of the great importance it has for him. One of the options that we can adopt is to look for it in colostrum banks and give the newborn the amount it needs to guarantee the intake of the antibodies that its immune system needs. These banks usually have it frozen and the period that can be kept in this way is up to 24 months. Another way to guarantee that the little one drinks colostrum in the first hours of life is to have a commercial kit, with which we can offer him everything necessary to guarantee that he has the nutrients and antibodies that he needs. We can use this product if we need it if any of the situations mentioned above arise, which prevent the mother from breastfeeding her little one in his first hours of life.
There are many allergic processes in horses that cause different symptoms. Allergies in horses usually occur on the skin in the form of dermatitis, irritation, hair loss, even in the form of wounds caused by itching. Given these symptoms, the first thing we should do is go to a veterinarian for an accurate diagnosis. Most of these allergies are caused by mites, the most common are hay mites, although they can also be found in other types of food such as cereals. Avoiding mites can be as simple as keeping forage and bedding as fresh and clean as possible. The use of Slow feeder nets helps prevent the accumulation of dust and consequently avoid the presence of mites in the forage. Other causes of these infections can be fungi, contained in wet hay and straw. Special care must be taken with the chemical products that we use to disinfect the stable that are too abrasive, both for the well-being of the horse and ourselves. The most dangerous and rapid reason for the deterioration of the horse can be the bite of insects, the most common is allergy to the saliva of the mosquito bite, although the most dangerous insect is undoubtedly the bee. To avoid such annoying mosquito bites, you should try to eliminate nearby wet areas, to prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs. Stagnant water favors the laying of eggs, then the reproduction of these. It is also advisable to use mosquito blankets. Fundamental to maintaining the well-being of our horse is a rapid diagnosis to avoid worsening of the horse's health and possible damage that it could cause due to itching.
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