A helpful and lighthearted pre-purchase checklist.
Before you own a horse or mule, there are some things you need:
- Lots of self-confidence to rock your manure-stained outfit and hay-filled hair through your local grocery store or Wal-mart after spending quality bonding time with your four-legged friend.
- Infinite amounts of cash. Just trust me on this one.
- Feet with no toes. Again trust me on this one: if this isn’t possible, get some tough, strong boots that can withstand horse hooves.
- Two trucks, because one always breaks down (usually the newest, fanciest, most expensive one that’s right out of warranty).
- Lots of patience, especially when your horse draws a crowd because he has refused to go into the trailer for the third straight hour.
- Toilet paper for your saddle bags.
- Bouncability, or a great insurance plan. Because it’s not if but when you fall off.
- An excellent sense of humor, because your equine pal will always take every opportunity to make a fool out of you.
- Extra baling twine to fix broken tack, broken fencing, or broken anything.
- Friends that share your passion, because non-horse people will never understand.
Soon-to-be horse owners of the world, we’re here for you. Go riding!