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    12-01-2012, 10:04 AM
Question New horse owner! Opinions please! (:

I'm getting my first horse in a few months and I'm trying to make sure i've got everything I need!
So far, I've got:

Lunge line
(thin) Saddle blanket
Halter/bridle combo
Lead rope
Grooming box with ALL grooming supplies (brushes, hoof pic, curry comb, etcetc)
Feed Bucket
Salt lick & holder
Fly spray

Getting soon:
Riding gloves
Breast collar
Rope halter
Saddle bag
Saddle soap
Cross ties
Leather bridle
Bit (Eggbutt snaffle)
Water trough
(thick) Saddle blanket

Is there anything else I need for a new horse beside the vaccinations and vet care?
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    12-01-2012, 10:14 AM
You're going to need a first-aid kit of some sort, and don't forget the cost of a farrier every 6 to 8 weeks.

Are you currently riding this horse in the saddle you already own? If not, it might not fit properly, so you might need to consider the cost of a new saddle in there, too.
    12-01-2012, 10:24 PM
Thanks (:
No, i'm not currently riding said horse, and I understand about the saddle thing, if my saddle doesn't fit properly, i'll sell it for the price I bought it for and get a better fitting one! (:
    12-02-2012, 11:48 PM
You need a saddle pad for that saddle blanket. The blanket isn't enough to protect your horses back. ;)

Happy horse owning.
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    12-02-2012, 11:49 PM
Wait are you riding English or western. Let me ask that first before I add my last post in there.
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    12-03-2012, 12:52 AM
I'm riding Western to start with, then I'm going to learn English (:
I'm getting a good saddle pad soon! ((:
    12-03-2012, 07:15 AM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
don't forget the cost of a farrier every 6 to 8 weeks.
4 weeks Apr - Nov for me.

Also don't forget about teeth floating (mine have it once/year), and deworming (I do 3 times/year + fecal count once).

Another thing I'd get (may be not now but as you go into the Spring): fly mask.
    12-03-2012, 08:03 AM
You don't say what your actual experience with horses is so I might add to the list. Many riding lessons and horsemanship lessons. Taking care of horses is not rocket science but there is some knowledge needed. Will you be keeping your horse at home or will you be boarding him/her?
    12-03-2012, 11:21 AM
I've been around horses my entire life. I used to ride a LOT when I was little, but I had to move to the city and lost touch with it all.
I'm moving to Georgia soon and I'll have an acre and a half, so I plan to keep my horse with me (:
I volunteered at a stable for about a year and a half and I learned a lot about horse care. How to pic the hooves, properly groom, how to tack up, blanketing, lunging, leading, etcetc.
That stable was also a place for handicapped kids to learn how to ride (as a form of therapy), and learn how to care for the animals. I helped teach riding lessons and horse care, also. (:

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