With the economy in such bad shape, you might think this would also be a bad time to look for a horse. Actually it’s a good time. According to horse rescues and other humane groups, horses are being abandoned by their owners in record numbers. Other, more conscientious owners, are willing to give away their horses—particularly those older than ten or fifteen—to “good homes only,” or sell them for very little money. If you’re a first-time owner, especially if you have a steady income and were a horse-crazy teen, it might be the perfect time to buy a horse.