I know nothing about horses but I am about to adopt a 10 yr. Old Shire gelding. His previous owner was an elderly man who died and he is now at a lady's home who cannot keep him due to her being allergic to horses and the horse seems to be very depressed and lethargic. My vet asked if we could adopt him. We just started recently to acquire a few dairy cows and we have 4 adopted dogs and numerous cats, chickens, goat etc. I guess we have the perfect space (40 acres of prime pasture) and big heart, I have a soft spot for all animals.
I am very excited because I always wanted a large horse (percheron, clydesdale, etc) I never heard of shires until now and I have been trying to learn everything I can before his arrival in 2 weeks. (we need to get the proper flooring in our barn for him).
I would appreciate help from anyone on what should be on my checklist of initial necessities (grooming, feed requirements, shoeing, saddles), Since I am new to horses, I have no clue. I would appreciate good reference information to get started. I do not have a great paying job and I am also going to college at night, so, I need to make the best economical choices (Saddles, etc.) but I do not want to sacrifice quality for what is the best for the horse. I feel like a new expectant mother, wanting to make sure I have the blankets, treats, comfortable environment.
Any help on good websites or sources to purchase the bare necessities at reasonable prices.
Thanks in advance,