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post #1 of 15 Old 10-16-2012, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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New Horse Owner- What Do I Need?!

Hello! I've recently become the happy new owner of a wonderful off the track thoroughbred. I know that sounds quite bad but I won't be riding him until my riding instructor thinks I'm ready so no worries! (My trainer is also very experienced with training throughbreds for racing and riding) My horse is currently learning his manners and bonding with me while I learn to be a better rider on experienced horses first (I am an advanced beginner rider.)


I have quite a bit of stuff for my horse already and below is a list of what I already have and what I know I need:

HAVE-
Halter
Lead Rope
Face Brush
Body Brush
Stiff Brush
Finnishing Brush
Mane Comb
Tail Brush
Hoof Pick
Saddle (English with stirrups and leathers)
Riding Crop
Horseman's One Step Cream
Saddle Pad
Saddle Cover
Galloping Boots
Show Sheen
Trunk (for brushes, sprays, etc)
Work Gloves

NEED-
Riding Helmet
Riding Gloves
Bridle
D Ring Snaffle Bit
Girth
Half Pad
Saddle Rack/Stand
Bridle Rack
Hoof oil (recommendations? His hooves are very dry and cracking)
Shampoo/Conditioner (again recommendations? He's a chestnut with no white)
Plastic Grooming Tote
Rubber Curry
Sponge
Grooming Mit
Metal Curry Comb (for cleaning brushes)
Fly Spray (recommendations)
Turnout Blanket
Mucking Boots



Certain things like the helmet and turnout blanket I've been borrowing- anything I missed and truely need? Anything in the first aid category I already have on hand as well/will buy when needed. My trainer does not believe in lounging so I do not need any equiment for that. I also have a trusted farrier I plan to use (the one my trainer has used for years) and the local vet for any emergencies.
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post #2 of 15 Old 10-16-2012, 08:26 PM
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It sounds like your horse is going to have everything he could ever want or need. Just wait, in no time you'll have a collection of one thing for him. Like me with six bridles for ONE of my horses. I couldn't think of much that you didn't list that you would need right now. But that will change when you start riding. Or when accidents and injuries occur. I would suggest getting a set of polo wraps or vet wrap to have on hand just in case, and having an extra halter and lead. Have you made sure your saddle is going to fit him? If you want to save a bit on money, I might suggest looking out for any package deals. Sometimes some brands like Mane 'N Tail will sell a set of grooming products altogether, and I find those easier on the wallet because you get everything. I also recommend Cowboy Magic grooming products. I use their detangler religiously! I would recommend Duraguard and Ultrashield by Absorbine for fly sprays, you might also want to get some SWAT (I use that religiously too.) I'm so glad that you got an OTTB. I'm a huge fan of off track horses, you'll learn lots!

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post #3 of 15 Old 10-22-2012, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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It sounds like your horse is going to have everything he could ever want or need. Just wait, in no time you'll have a collection of one thing for him. Like me with six bridles for ONE of my horses. I couldn't think of much that you didn't list that you would need right now. But that will change when you start riding. Or when accidents and injuries occur. I would suggest getting a set of polo wraps or vet wrap to have on hand just in case, and having an extra halter and lead. Have you made sure your saddle is going to fit him? If you want to save a bit on money, I might suggest looking out for any package deals. Sometimes some brands like Mane 'N Tail will sell a set of grooming products altogether, and I find those easier on the wallet because you get everything. I also recommend Cowboy Magic grooming products. I use their detangler religiously! I would recommend Duraguard and Ultrashield by Absorbine for fly sprays, you might also want to get some SWAT (I use that religiously too.) I'm so glad that you got an OTTB. I'm a huge fan of off track horses, you'll learn lots!
Thanks for the all suggestions and recommendations :) I hear Cowboy Magic is GREAT!

About the saddle- my trainer says my saddle will most likely fit him but if not I suppose a saddle will be next on my list too (although I hope not!) But I added the vet wraps and extra halter and lead rope to my list too!
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post #4 of 15 Old 10-22-2012, 09:41 PM
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Im not sure what type of riding you plan on doing, but my only suggestion is throw that crop away as soon as possible:) I have been riding and training for almost 30 years..I have NEVER once had to use a crop or wear a pair of spurs:) This is especially true with a off track TB, if you use it on him or possibly if he even sees it out of teh corner of his eye, you may be going for a much longer and faster ride than you had planned..Just my opinion
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post #5 of 15 Old 10-22-2012, 10:58 PM
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Wow, you're making the local tack store happy :) the list is looking good. I'd hold off on things like shampoos and multiple brushes - save yourself a bit of money and don't buy 'horse shampoo' when you can get your horse clean the cheapest supermarket shampoo on the shelf. And - it's winter! You won't be bathing him soon.

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My trainer does not believe in lounging so I do not need any equiment for that.
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Just because your trainer does or does not believe in something doesn't make it the right choice for you. Sure, you won't be learning lunging from this trainer so you don't need to buy any stuff now - but keep an open mind on what you learn, and from whom, in your future horse journey

Finally, on that saddle. Please please please don't take your trainers word for it as to whether the saddle fits or not. Get a saddle fitter out - there are experts for many areas of horsey life; your trainer can help you to ride, your farrier looks after his feet, the feed store gives you expert advice on feeds, and the saddle fitter makes sure you have the right saddle fitting properly.

Have a great time with your new horse!
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post #6 of 15 Old 10-23-2012, 01:32 AM
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My former farrier recommended Hoof Heal in the purple can.

Shampoo/Conditioner: dollar store. ;)

The only thing I would add, and I do think they are necessary, are quilts and standing bandages. Use them in the trailer, for swelling, keep medicine on, ect.

Everything else you can acquire as you wish/find necessary. Have fun!
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post #7 of 15 Old 10-23-2012, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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Im not sure what type of riding you plan on doing, but my only suggestion is throw that crop away as soon as possible:) I have been riding and training for almost 30 years..I have NEVER once had to use a crop or wear a pair of spurs:) This is especially true with a off track TB, if you use it on him or possibly if he even sees it out of teh corner of his eye, you may be going for a much longer and faster ride than you had planned..Just my opinion
I'm an english rider but I might do some western for trail riding too. As far as using the crop I have it on hand just in case (or for the future)- plus I ride a few other horses that aren't off the track. But I really don't plan on using it ever, plus it was pink and 5 bucks so I said why not lol.
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post #8 of 15 Old 10-23-2012, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, you're making the local tack store happy :) the list is looking good. I'd hold off on things like shampoos and multiple brushes - save yourself a bit of money and don't buy 'horse shampoo' when you can get your horse clean the cheapest supermarket shampoo on the shelf. And - it's winter! You won't be bathing him soon.



Just because your trainer does or does not believe in something doesn't make it the right choice for you. Sure, you won't be learning lunging from this trainer so you don't need to buy any stuff now - but keep an open mind on what you learn, and from whom, in your future horse journey

Finally, on that saddle. Please please please don't take your trainers word for it as to whether the saddle fits or not. Get a saddle fitter out - there are experts for many areas of horsey life; your trainer can help you to ride, your farrier looks after his feet, the feed store gives you expert advice on feeds, and the saddle fitter makes sure you have the right saddle fitting properly.

Have a great time with your new horse!
I'm literally spending every penny I make on my horse! I've wanted one like my entire life and I plan on spoiling him to death.

For shampoo I obviously don't need it now but it's on my list anyway lol. But ny trainer told me chestnuts are really really sensitive to a lot of stuff so I really have to be careful. She was totally right because he had a reaction to the Show Sheen the other day. I think I'm either going to get Mane and Tail or Gallop for chestnuts. Of course they're pricey-er but I'm sparing no expense!

As for lunging I actually wanted to lung him at first! One of the reaspns he's retired is because he actually has a old chip in his knee and I was told lunging could make it worse. But the vet said he'd be fine doing regular riding and such.

I'm definitely going to look into a saddle fitter before I start riding him next spring. As said before if it doesn't fit I'll be adding a saddle to my list too. But thanks for all the suggestions and such!
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post #9 of 15 Old 10-24-2012, 12:44 PM
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Our local Dollar General carries Mane N' Tail and its only 3.50 for a large bottle





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I'm literally spending every penny I make on my horse! I've wanted one like my entire life and I plan on spoiling him to death.

For shampoo I obviously don't need it now but it's on my list anyway lol. But ny trainer told me chestnuts are really really sensitive to a lot of stuff so I really have to be careful. She was totally right because he had a reaction to the Show Sheen the other day. I think I'm either going to get Mane and Tail or Gallop for chestnuts. Of course they're pricey-er but I'm sparing no expense!

As for lunging I actually wanted to lung him at first! One of the reaspns he's retired is because he actually has a old chip in his knee and I was told lunging could make it worse. But the vet said he'd be fine doing regular riding and such.

I'm definitely going to look into a saddle fitter before I start riding him next spring. As said before if it doesn't fit I'll be adding a saddle to my list too. But thanks for all the suggestions and such!
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post #10 of 15 Old 10-24-2012, 01:29 PM
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You need more halters, at least 7, in various states or repair and dirt, several lead ropes, a herd of hoof picks, because you can never find one, a collection of bridles, and a sprinkling of saddles....

Well that's what most of us end up with.

Seriously, there is little that you really NEED to start with, you have a lot of the basics, the rest of it will build up over time.
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