Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
• Horses: 0
I'll try to list the bare minimum of what you need. I'm sure I'll miss something. As you get going, you'll find more things you need, not to mention all the things that are just cool or handy that you're bound to want.
First aid kit, including ointment, wound dressing, betadine, bandages, cold pack, liniment
Both wormers and vaccines can be easily purchased and you can administer them yourself.
Firm bristle brush for the coat
Mane/tail brush or comb
Soft brush for face
Depending on the conditions, if your horse will be standing in mud, unrine, or manure, you'll probably want some kind of hoof protectant to prevent soft hooves and thrush
Some kind of carrier to put it all in and carry around
Don't forget the cost of having your farrier come out every 6-8 weeks.
Grain bucket, water bucket, hay net. If you're boarding, this may all be supplied
Treats, especially carrots
Grain is usually not included in board
Vitamin supplements if it's recommended in your area
Lead-rope - I like cotton, since it doesn't burn my hands
Lungeline for groundwork (again, I like cotton)
If you're just researching what it will cost, and you don't have a local tack-shop, then Dover Saddlery online has a good selection that would be easy for you to price out.
And thumbs-up to you for doing your research before getting your horse, so you don't get surprises.
Last edited by freia; 03-21-2012 at 03:19 PM.