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post #1 of 23 Old 10-29-2011, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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Things for horse that people often forget to buy!

Hey guys. I'm getting a new horse (my first horse) in a week from a rescue agency. I've been riding for 8+ years and I am fairly knowledgable regarding horse ownership.

However, I am a scatter brain and I KNOW I will forget to buy something very basic and I will be kicking myself later for it.

So if you guys have any suggestions on what to buy. Basic, useful things that you may have forgotten with your first horse.

This list does not include tack. He comes with tack.

Here's what I have:
Boots
Chaps
Gloves
Crop
Halter
Leadrope
Curry Comb (2)
Dandy Brush (3)
Horse Hair brush
Hoof pick (2)
Helmet

And obviously a place to keep him

I plan on putting together a small vet kit also, but I am not sure what to include in that either.
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post #2 of 23 Old 10-29-2011, 12:13 PM
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Buckets, spare lead rope, rugs (although I guess wait to measure him). Also, remember to check the fit of the tack, even though it comes with him its good to double check its alright.
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Just a piece of advice: I have one stiff brush and one soft brush for the coat. During a winter I usually use stiff one to get hold of all this mud. You may also want to look into detangler (I use it on tail mostly once in while) and sweat scraper (to scrape water off when you give him a bath).

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Thanks guys, I have the two different kids of brushes. And I am looking into getting him a rug.

Is it really that necessary to buy two leadropes and halters? Everyone says it is, but he wont be turned out with it on and I have a place to keep my stuff locked away from everyone else.

Also, any good things to get medicine wise?
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post #6 of 23 Old 10-29-2011, 03:18 PM
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Is it really that necessary to buy two leadropes and halters? Everyone says it is, but he wont be turned out with it on and I have a place to keep my stuff locked away from everyone else.
You'd be surprised how easily horse stuff breaks, especially lead ropes. Sometimes all it takes is the horse to pull back once and the snap breaks. After you've had a horse for a while you'll probably find you have close to two of everything. You think that you are paying a premium and it will last for ages but even the best horse stuff breaks easily. I also find leadropes are useful for many things, like as a makeshift "gate", to secure buckets, to wrap up your rugs, or just when you need to catch someone else's horse etc. I don't think you can ever have too many lead ropes. Even when I don't have a horse I carry a leadrope in my car, great for clipping down my boot when I am carry stuff that sticks out the back.

To me though, its the function that is important. I have a nice rope halter and 12 foot braided heavy rope that I use for general ground work, catching my horse, leading around etc. Then I have a standard webbing halter and cheap colourful lead rope which is good for tying up, or if I need to leave my horse in a yard or stable with a halter (like when the farrier comes if you can't be there) or to attach to a neck rug when turned out. I much, much prefer rope halters and long leads, but they're not going to break when a horse pulls back and I think they put a lot of concentrated pressure on the face. Saying that though I probably have more than two of each variety.

Just buy as you go, I'm sure you'll "need" heaps of new things soon. Although maybe like add a towel to your list. In case he is wet, or you need to clean his face, or wipe something or dry something. Very useful.
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Thanks guys, I have the two different kids of brushes. And I am looking into getting him a rug.

Is it really that necessary to buy two leadropes and halters? Everyone says it is, but he wont be turned out with it on and I have a place to keep my stuff locked away from everyone else.

Also, any good things to get medicine wise?



Always good to have Banamine and Bute on hand....

Also a lunge line and yes, 2 halters and 2 lead ropes as suggested.....or buy a Rope Halter with the lead attached for your back up.

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I may not get the extra leadrope and halter right away, but I will soon :)

Do you guys find corona/wound oitment necessary? I've read mixed things about using it for wound care. Some people say its good to speed up wound care, others say it just slows down the process
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Indie thinks that I often *forget* to buy that lifetime supply of watermelon she's been *needing.*
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post #10 of 23 Old 10-29-2011, 06:22 PM
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Vetericyn, wonder dust, muck rake, scissors, metal comb for the mane and tail

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