People bring pets into their lives for a variety of reasons, with animals often adding an extra dimension to their life that they previously had no idea they were missing out on.
In this article, we look at exactly why horses make for such beloved pets, with their owners often unable to speak of anything but their long-nosed pride and joy.
1. The Sky is the Limit for Keen Riders
While most people who own horses simply do so for the pleasure of riding and caring for them at their leisure, there is always the option for those who are into equestrianism to take things to a whole other level.
Many people now make a good living either from training, riding, or caring for horses, with professional racing and show jumping stables to be found across the length and breadth of the UK.
This means that what started out just as a pet, can soon become the gateway to an entire career. Many famous jockeys who appear in horse racing tipsters’ notes have gotten their start in the sport in the exact same way.
Just be aware that to make it as a jockey or show jumper, it takes years of hard work and dedication, and even then, the odds will be stacked against you.
2. Keep Fit with Your Horse
Anyone who rides horses will tell you just what a full-body workout it is, from constantly tensing your core to remain balanced atop your steed, to your legs burning as you squat out of the saddle during a gallop.
That’s right! Once you have your horse there will be no need for boring lone jogging missions or hours on the exercise bike, because you and your horse can put each other through strenuous training regimes every night of the week.
3. Horses Are Good for Stress Relief
Do you have a laborious office job where nothing you do is ever enough, and your to-do list just continues to grow and grow?
Well, nothing puts all that rubbish to the back of your mind quite like mucking out your horse and watching he or she chow down on the fresh hay you just purchased off the local farmer.
There is also nothing quite like feeling the wind in your hair as you trot along a wild beach or moor, with nothing propelling you except for one-horsepower.
4. Beauty and Intelligence Make for a Winning Combo
Dogs, cats, and gerbils may all be very cuddly and cute, but by and large, they also tend to smell a bit and are not the sharpest beasts in the animal kingdom.
Horses on the other hand are a stunning combination of speed, agility, elegance, and intelligence, which is more than can be said for most humans.
If no one in your life is making any sense anymore and you find unrequited love elusive, then a four-hooved friend could be the answer.
5. A Horse Really is For Life
They always say that a dog is for life rather than just for Christmas, but with some hounds only expected to live for less than a decade, some owner-pet relationships can feel a tad short-lived.
That is rarely the case with a horse, with many experiencing long lives well into their late twenties and early thirties, meaning you can grow older and wiser together.
6. Staying in Touch with Nature
Too many pets these days are genetically modified or bred to the point of barely resembling a wild animal at all, with most of their natural instincts completely eradicated. Just take a look at all the Chihuahuas in handbags and pugs in prams for evidence of this.
Horses, however, are altogether different beasts, always managing to maintain that wild streak that makes them so special. This means that owning one keeps you connected to nature like never before, something which is sadly missing in modern life.