I was in the market for my very first horse after having been riding for a few years. I looked around and found quite a few "giveaways" that were rescue horses. One horse in particular, an 8-year old OTTB gelding was being given away. He had a remarkable racing career and then was a abused for 2 years. I went to see him yesterday and he's come a long way - he looks good, no big health problems despite an osselet and he was as goofy and kind as could be. I was sold.
There was just one small problem: He has a girlfriend. When I visited him, he was following this mare around and around. I was told he is very protective of her and checks her food, etc. It was cute. The owner was certainly business savvy and said she'd give me both of them for $600 plus free delivery. I mulled it over and accepted. I couldn't take her away from him since he'd already been through so much. The mare is healthy and has great breeding potential, if I ever wanted to go down that road.
I have the means to care for them both, but I went through the standard (OMG!!!) wakeup call after I'd slept on it. I'm about to care for two Thoroughbreds, my very first horses and I'm freaking out. I feel the same way I did when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, LOL!! They're going to be delivered to me on the 1st of July, so I have time to prepare.
What are some things I should definitely, absolutely have on hand for them to start?