I'm going to Findlay University this coming fall in order to take part in the Equestrian Studies program. There is a list of equipment that I would need for the program (such as full tack, grooming supplies, lunging equipment. Basically everything you'd need if you owned your own horse). Thing is, I've never owned my horse, so I own next to nothing.
Because everything I'll be buying is new, what is the best way to break everything in so it'll be most comfortable for the horse? Also, are there any items that I should wait to purchase until after I have been assigned a horse?