^Agree with the vet thing.
And horses thrive on schedules, so they're probably used to being fed at like exactly 7:15 in the morning and 7:15 at night (just an example)....You probably wouldn't want those hours IMO lol. I feed at about 10 and 10. Make sure it's 12 hours apart. If you're going to be switching from let's say 7:15 to 9:00, don't do it all at once. The first day feed dinner 15 minutes later, and same with breakfast, same thing the next day, and the next, until you're at the schedule you'd like. Little adjustments. The same theory goes for feed, if you'll be switching from one to the other. Gradual. Mix them while he's still at his old stable, a little less of his normal feed and a tiny bit of his need feed. Gradually increase the new feed ratio untilt you're not feeding them any of their old feed.
Salt blocks....I keep one by the water trough at all times. I used to keep one in a holder on the wall next to their feed buckets, but they destroyed them so I now have to keep them on the ground, and outside by the water so they can drink the water after they get thirsty from the salt/mineral blocks.
When you strip stalls (you'll obviously clean every day, but stripping them completely--yes, even under the stall mats lol) you take everything out, including unsoiled shavings because they'll most likely be filthy after a week. You might want to use lime, stall dry, etcetera underneath the shavings so there's no flooding after you remove all the pee that gets caked under the mats. (hey, sorry to get graphic but it's how I think in horse terms haha). Okay so when the urine
gets caked under the mats it gets messy and stall dry works well. I've heard lime does as well, but I've never tried that.
You probably know this already, but obviously don't bathe them unless it's 80 degrees + out, as they can get colds and chills with a considerable amount of wind or coldness.
Do you need grooming tool suggestions? What I have in my barn is a hanging thing about 4x3 feet that has pockets for all my grooming tools. I have sweat scrapers for getting them dry after a bath, a shed flower for getting dried mud off and shedding season, 2 jelly mit things for getting dirt up and bringing dust to the surface--works amazing; favorite took in the barn, I have a ton of hard brushes, some medium brushes, and a very soft brush that's like a poilisher. I also have mane combs (I have a ton of fine- and wide- tooth combs, but my fav is this: Country Supplies | Oster Mane & Tail Brush | Ariat Apparel
) I have like 7 hoof picks--do NOT get the cheap but cool-looking folding metal ones. They don't work for crap. They're supposed to be "trail hoof picks" for emergencies if you get a rock stuck in his hoof, but IMO why not just carry a real hoof pick in your backpack? idk. Anyway....I think that's it. Oh, and I have a few curries that rarely get used because I have my jelly scrubbers for that that work ten times better.
Let's see what else....depends on how destructive your horses are, but mine have torn down all of their plastic feed buckets, and it really ticks me off because now I have to feed them their grain on the ground.
Watch out for dangerous weeds in the pastures!! And holes! Can't stress this enough! Weeds dangerous to horses are found here: Poisonous Weeds
. Some can even cause paralysis and such. Holes are....bad if they fall in them, let's just say that. Walk every inch of those pastures and trails to make sure there's no bad holes......hole+horse=no riding for a while.
If you find some, fill some clay in them and you'll be good.
Anything else I can think of I'll make sure to post.
Oh--When you dump dirty water buckets (which you should give a good scrub-down weekly) dump them AWAY from the barn so they don't run back in the barn and cause flooding.