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New Owner Guide

So you want to own a racehorse...

Ready to get started? This quick guide fills you in on the basics.

Racing American Quarter Horses

Introduction | Printable New Owner Guide | Contact a Professional | New Owner Video

This guide will give you a quick look at what it means to buy and own a racing American Quarter Horse, the fastest horse in the world. After you’ve read the following pages, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what it will cost and what your responsibilities as an owner will be. Over the next few minutes, you’ll learn about:

  • Where and how to buy your racehorse
  • Different types of ownership: as an individual or as part of a partnership
  • The financial costs of ownership
  • How to hire a trainer
  • Stabling and veterinary care
  • Insurance, licensing and legal considerations
  • Deciding where to race your horse

And more, of course. When you’re done reading this online introduction to American Quarter Horse racing, we hope you’ll do two things:

  1. download our complete guide to Owning Racing American Quarter Horses, and
  2. contact an AQHA affiliate or industry professional who has volunteered to teach newcomers about the joys – and challenges – of racehorse ownership.

Now on with the show!

Chapter One: The Big Picture >>