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post #1 of 12 Old 01-05-2011, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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newbie with equipment questions

i don't have a horse but i would like to get one. and i like to make my own equipment. does anyone else make their own halters or anything? i make my own halters for my goats and would like others input on making their own stuff.
what are some must haves for horses? here's some things i have already:
*pony saddle
*bit and reins
*feed barrels
*rope (to make halters etc.)
what are some helpful things in the barn?

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post #2 of 12 Old 01-05-2011, 04:45 PM
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I find making you own stuff a really cool idea ! :) Oh and a must have is a grooming kit ;) and wagon and pitch forck to muck out your stall ahha but I'm shure you already knew that lol. Also if you live were there are cold winter have a hairblower or something to heat up your bit for your horse :P

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post #3 of 12 Old 01-05-2011, 06:13 PM
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Can you post pics of the goat halters? I'm very curious - never seen one before.

Get brushes, comb and hoof pick. Also medications (like ointment etc) won't hurt at all. Fly masks in summer (very handy if you have lots of flies, we do). Lead rope (that one you can make yourself I think).
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If you youtube it, there are a few videos that show you how to make a halter with rope, it's long but it looks like fun. :)

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post #5 of 12 Old 01-05-2011, 08:44 PM
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You need to make sure your saddle fits your horse once you get it. Not all horses/ponies fit the same saddle. Same for your bit and bridle. The bit also has to be one that your horse/pony will like and knows how to go in.

Yes, grooming equipment is needed, as is first aid supplies. You could make saddle pad covers so you can change the look for your current saddle pad. You could also make things like a cooler, dress sheet, polo wraps, and even a bridle and reins out of the halter rope.
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post #6 of 12 Old 01-05-2011, 09:09 PM
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good saddle pads - there are many types out there.

Get an older horse - they're cheaper and better.
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been doing alot of net searching today about horses. an older horse seems to be better. as i see some here agree. the pony saddle is old and i didn't expect to use it anymore... it got left out once and is pretty worn out.
so here's my "to buy" list (if i can get a horse) so far:
saddle pads
first aid

what do you think about bare-back riding? i love native americans and always wanted to be a plains indian with a beautiful horse to ride bare-back when i was little. is it bad for the horses back or anything?
what is the point of the bit? i'm thinking it's supposed to be uncomfortable in the horses mouth when you pull the reins to "steer" so the horse learns to go that way when you do that so you stop pulling the reins and it isn't uncomfortable anymore.
has anyone used a native american style "bit" and rein? its rope tied in a loop to fit in the horses mouth (where any other bit goes) and the rest of the rope is held on one side of the horses neck as the rein. this is the only type i've read the native americans used other then the ones the white people were using at the time.
what do you recammend having in a horse "first aid" box?

the halters i made for my goats is so simple i was angry that it took me two days of fiddling around to think of it!
*take your rope at one end
*fold a bit of the end down next to the rest in your hand. makes a U shape but longer on one side.
*pinch the bottom of the U (where the underlining is) and tie a knot but leave a little loop behind the knot big enough for your rope to slide through
*now tie a knot at the open end of the U
*adjust the knots so the space between the knots fits around the nose (on the bridge of the nose and around below the chin)
*now slide the other end of the rope through the little loop i talked about
*on one side of the face should be a knot and on the other side should be the adjustable "loop" side
*put it on like when you were sizing it but now slide the back rope behind the ears
*pull the "lead rope" (extra rope left- can cut to desired length) to tighten it around the head

i don't recammend this for animals with short faces becuase it will just slide off. but you could adjust it to fit most animals, it you wanted to, i suppose.

i'll try to post pics.

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beautiful horse pic btw!

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post #9 of 12 Old 01-06-2011, 08:31 AM
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I see you are from Ohio, as I am too! It does get really cold here and we do get a lot of flies so fly masks are nice and maybe even a blanket even though I don't blanket my horse. You sound kind of inexperienced with horse, and if you are experienced I am extremely sorry, but I suggest getting some simple lessons on how to care for a horse. You can ride bareback. It's worse than riding with a well-fitted saddle because you don't distribute your weight but bareback won't hurt them really especially if you aren't overweight. I know that Bosal Hackamores are what a lot of natural horsemanship people buy, and that doesn't go in the horses mouth like a bit, it's just a special noseband that uses pressure points for controlling. Supposedly thats what the native americans used. If I were you, I would look for a horse from the ages 13-18 years old.

You will need halters, a nice fitting saddle, some first aid like vet wrap and ointment and telfa pads, a lead rope, treats :), and you obviously need food, pitch forks, wheel barrels, Bedding, grooming supplies (A body brush, face brush, curry comb, and a hoof pick will do just fine.) Please remember that you need to pay farrier every 6-8 weeks and you have to have money for accidents for the vet, etc. Also, If you are keeping the horses at your place, it would be a good idea to get a trailer in case of emergencies.

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Something to mention that I haven't seen already posted is that rope halters are not safe for turnout. The ideal turnout halter is leather, or nylon with a leather crown piece. If a horse was to get a rope or nylon halter snagged on anything (trees, branches, fence, another horse) there's no give and if the horse struggles it can be badly hurt. Rope and nylon are great for training and handling, but shouldn't be on when the horse is loose.
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