If you are about to or planning to buy your own horse in the near future, you might have practiced horse-riding for years and have dreamt about what he will look like since then. But to make a dream come true, buying a horse is also a responsibility and an investment in many aspects. It is not a decision to be made impulsively. It is a project which takes time to finish and commitment to find the right one for you. So here are the top things that you should consider when choosing the equid that you will take care of for years to come. Number 1 – Can you afford your own horse? All horse-riders imagine their life with their own horse as perfect, a way to do and achieve whatever they dream of as a horse-rider. Many of them have considered the budget to buy the equid and also minimize the cost of his maintenance. His pension, his feed, the veterinarian, the dentist, the osteopath costs will most definitely sum up to cost more than the price of his purchase. But more importantly, very few horse-riders think about the time it will require to take care of him. This is the number one reason why owners give up on having their own horse. Every day, under various types of weather, you will have to take care of him and to make him exercise. One might need to consider whether one has the commitment of at least two hours every day of the week for his equine animal. Number 2 – What are your objectives and preferences? What do you want to do with your horse? What are your projects? Which discipline do you want to practice with him? Which physic should he have and how important is it for you? All those questions should be the ones that come to you mind during the first stage of your research for the perfect horse. You want to be sure that the one you acquire will match your top priorities and the things that you dream about doing with him for years. For instance, if you plan to compete with him, you will probably opt for a fearless horse rather than a terrified one. Number 3 – What is your budget? Your budget will have to consider the price of the horse, but also – and you already know what follows if you have read carefully rule number 1 – the annual budget for his maintenance. For the equid himself, his price will mainly depend on his genes, his age and his physics. You should carefully evaluate your criteria before buying him. For the maintenance, the determinant costs will be the pension. Where would you want him to live? If at home, you will first have to invest in the facilities and it will cost very little for their maintenance. However, this is because you will have to take care of them on your own. It will take time to do so. Time is money and you can forget about sleeping: your animal is waiting to be fed. The most expensive option is to have someone to check and feed your horse in an equestrian center. You can also let him stay on a field or a paddock. The cost is average and enables you to take care of your equid, not every day, but only a few days a week. Number 4 – What is your level? What are you capable of accomplishing in the areas that you want to work with your horse? Do you prefer to have a mature one or build your horse for you by breaking him in by yourself? If yes, are you able to handle a young animal not yet braked in? Once you have determined all those characteristics, you now have to be patient to find the perfect animal which will fit you and conversely. It might be a long search but it will surely worth the time and effort.