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post #1 of 7 Old 02-16-2012, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Bringing First Horse Home, What Supplies Should I Have?

Hey Everybody! I'm bringing my first horse, Seabastion/Sampson (haven't decided his name yet), home next weekend! He is a 14 year old 16 hh bay thoroughbred that has done it all. I've been taking lessons since I was 8 and parents have finally decided I can get my own horse. Anyways, I've been saving for months and am going to be buying all that I need very shortly. What do you recommend I buy right away? I am waiting on a saddle and bridle so that I can get him properly fitted. Thanks!
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-16-2012, 02:31 PM
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hard brush, soft brush, curry comb, mane/tail brush, hoof pick, a slicker for when you bathe him to whick excess water off, thats what I reccomend for grooming.
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post #3 of 7 Old 02-16-2012, 02:57 PM
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I always keep some sort of wound spray on hand as well, and a couple rolls of vetwrap, just in case. Peroxide too.

And it's probably obvious, but a halter or two and some leadropes. I always keep an extra in hand in case they manage to break one or one gets lost.
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Please don't forget hoof dressing ;)
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Is he going to live in your "backyard?" Do you have a stall and fenced in turnout? If so, you'll need things to clean up after him. A basic wheelbarrow, a shovel (I prefer what's called a "grain shovel"), a rake, some people prefer a manure rake, and a place to store hay, bedding, and grain (Metal trash cans are the cheapest and best option for that.) Also, whether you board or have him on your property you need some kind of tack box. The best buy I've found is this, at WalMart:
Sterilite Plastic Footlocker -
This is the online price, for 2. You can buy one at the store for $20.00
If you buy leather tack you will need to keep it cleaned and oiled. Check on posts here and make your own decisions on products.
You will need one basic blanket. I watch mine (5 blankets/sheets for 3 horses) gather dust every year, BUT the one time you need it is NOT when you're running around town looking for one instead of nursing your sick horse. Been there, done that. Measure your horse's girth for sizing. Your guy could be as big as mine (big head, 16'3hh) and he is 84" around, which is 7 feet at the girth. Buy it in March/April, when the online stores and farm supply stores are clearancing them out. They don't have storage, you see, so they buy new winter stock every winter. If your horse is OTTB he's been blanketed before, but introduce it to him as if it is new and scary when you buy it, just to be sure.
Get online and find horse suppliers. Everybody has their favorites but mine are Horseloverz and StateLineTack. I've been buying from them for decades, now. You can keep your horse supply costs down by chasing sales there. Congratulations! Now, you'll never spend another minute channel-surfing looking for something to DO!
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Depending on where you live and what equipment he's coming with, I'd look at investing in some winter jammies of different weights - liners, rainsheets, insulated blankets, etc. to make sure he's cozy in whatever weather. :) For my little guy here in eastern Canada where the cold & the storms can get pretty brutal, I bought him a new Weatherbeeta Taka heavyweight blanket: WeatherBeeta Taka Original Detach-a-Neck Heavy
That blanket is all I've had on him the whole winter, even when the temperature dropped to -32C here a few weeks ago. Mine's also known to play and shred 1200D blankets in a week, but the fabric this one's made of has held up beautifully. Weatherbeeta has tons of different options for whatever you need. :)

I think everyone else here has pretty much listed everything you need! As time goes on you'll find you'll accumulate of stuff, and you'll find that your horse might need some more individual items - boots, maybe different bits, martingales, etc. It can all be a little bit overwhelming & scary at first, but there's a huge number of friendly, knowledgeable people here who can offer advice when you need it. :) I personally love browsing tack online and looking for the best deals, so when the time comes for that part of owning your new guy, I'd love to help in any way I can!

Good luck & congrats on your new boy!
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post #7 of 7 Old 02-17-2012, 10:34 AM
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Make sure you call around and find whatever vet will come out to your area. Introduce yourself and give them your address etc so if an emergency does happen they already have all of your information. Also find a good farrier. A coach or a vet will know some good ones.

Also a first aid kit, and a book on horse first aid. My book has a list of what to have in a first aid kit in the book.

Best of Luck.
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