Buying horses and ponies

What to think about before buying a horse or pony

So you're thinking of buying a horse, great! But before you start looking at adverts for horses for sale there are some things to consider...

The true cost of buying a horse

Horses can vary greatly in price depending on their type. Try to have any horse you're interested in vetted to make sure they're happy and healthy. A two stage vetting will cost around £75 to check their basic health. A more thorough five stage vetting can cost around £250.

If you rehome a horse from us they'll come vaccinated against tetanus, passported, microchipped and they'll have had their feet and teeth checked. You'll also receive a history of everything that's happened to them while in our care including behavioural assessments.

Whether you decide to rehome a horse or buy a horse, you'll also need to buy horse tack such as saddles, stirrups, bridles, halters, reins, bits, harnesses, martingales and breastplates.

On-going costs to consider when buying a horse

The price of buying a horse isn't the only cost to consider, especially when you think that horses can live for 30 years. Below is a guide of estimated ongoing costs.

Veterinary care

Around £35-£50 per month for insurance helping cover vet costs. It's also recommended that you take out public liability insurance. However, these won't cover yearly vaccinations and teeth checks which can be up to £150.

Farrier care

Up to £80 every six to eight weeks. The exact timings depend on many factors and horses needing corrective shoes can be more expensive.

Feeding and bedding

  • Bales of hay - £45 to £80
  • Bales of straw - £32 to £132
  • Shaving bales - £22 to £76
  • Good quality feed (including supplements tailored to your horse's needs) - £36

Livery costs

Between £80-£900 per month, depending on the type of livery and services you choose.

Riding lessons

£30-£50 per hour.

Buying a horse? Do you have the time?

Over 780 horses in our care 2019 © RSPCA

Horses need daily care. How much time depends on which livery you choose - but wherever you choose it's important your horse has the company of other horses.

When a horse reaches the end of their natural working life or becomes unrideable, you also need to have thought about euthanasia or have a retirement plan in place.

Meeting the needs of elderly equines often involves specialist care so they remain comfortable through progressive diseases and ailments.

Looking for horses for sale

If you're happy you can provide a horse with everything it needs, why not consider rehoming a horse from us? Our adoption fees start around £50.

Find a horse in need of a loving home near you today.

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