Water Quality Gets a Thumbs-Up from the Otters

Otters at Tophill Low Nature Reserve

With the availability of the likes of solar geysers, water pumps and water tanks, rural living isn’t quite the huge sacrifice it once was. In fact, the only real disadvantage to it is being far away from fast-food outlets and convenience stores which are open 24 hours a day. It’s all relative of course and some people would gladly say that rural living is not quite as “rural” as it used to be. A drive into town every so often makes for a nice “outing” to occasionally look forward to, otherwise it’s really hard to miss the insane peak-hour traffic and noise pollution city-living has to offer. (more…)

Interior design trends to consider this summer

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Modern interior designs which were considered new and revolutionary a couple of years ago are not necessarily on trend now, and can look out of place in a rural home. Classic interior trends have long been popular because they embrace the style, form and function needed for modern living while standing the test of time. (more…)

Saving Time and Money Shopping While Living Rural

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When you live in a rural location, you don’t have time to waste. You are up and out from sun up ‘til sun down taking care of all of the animals, plants, and buildings that need your daily maintenance, or else they may just fall apart. It’s important to take care of your animals and your home, but it’s also equally important to take care of yourself. (more…)

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Horse Owner?

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Owning a horse isn’t something anybody should take lightly. You need to go into horse ownership fully aware of what you’re letting yourself in for. Although it can be a real joy, it can also make a huge dent in your finances and leave you little spare time to do much else. Read on to find out if you have what it takes…

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The Finances

Owning a horse is probably one of the most expensive things you’ll ever do. It takes a whole lot of commitment financially to own a horse. You not only need to buy the horse, you need to buy all of the equipment. You need grooming products, clothing, stables – there are so many things to consider before you get excited about owning your first horse. Then there’s the importance of keeping your horse healthy. Vets can be expensive, as can buying medication. You can buy some medication online, such as Prascend horse tablets. However, you need to be sure that the medication is legitimate. You don’t want to end up hurting your horse!  

The Patience

Owning a horse takes a lot of patience. You need to be patient with your horse as it gets used to you and it’s surroundings. You really need to bond with a horse if you’re going to be a good horse owner!

The Time

Owning a horse takes lots of time. How much time will depend on many different factors, but you’re looking at putting in work most days. You’ll need to exercise your horse, feed your horse, clean out your horse, and more. You need to be prepared to spend the time doing these things, and most of all, you need to enjoy doing them! You shouldn’t see horse ownership as a chore, or you probably shouldn’t be a horse owner. It’s spending time like this that will allow you to bond with your horse. Many horse owners say that there’s no bond like the one between you and your horse.

The Knowledge

Owning a horse requires at least a base knowledge of horses, horse riding, and things like that. You should do plenty of research on horses, the different kinds, and how to care for them. Speaking to professionals and getting lessons is a great idea, as this will prepare you for a life of horse ownership. If you have friends that love horses, that’s even better. Sharing knowledge this way is a great way to stay brushed up on your knowledge.

Owning a horse isn’t a split second decision you make. They are beautiful, intelligent creatures and owning one can be extremely rewarding. That being said, they are still lots of hard work and they are definitely not for the faint hearted! If you think you have what it takes, then it could be time to start looking into reputable sellers. Make sure you know how to spot a seller that isn’t genuine, as there are many of them around. Good luck on the hunt for the right horse!