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        06-28-2013, 08:13 PM
    3 weeks! Need help!

    I'm freaking out just a little bit.....

    My family has moved to a house with 20 acres. The fences are going up Tuesday. Our family's two horses will be coming home in about three weeks. All we own are three leadropes, two halters, a fully supplied or almost fully supplied grooming box, the horses, and the supplies for the fences. We don't own the saddles yet because it's kind of a complicated situation, but we don't OWN them yet, but we will finish paying for them soon. I know that we need to buy:

    Bridles (reins, bit, headstall, ya know)
    Saddle blankets
    First aid kit/s
    Extra halter/s
    Lunge line/whip/s
    Maybe a bareback pad
    // a mounting block
    Water trough
    Food/hay holder/trough

    Anything else that I'm forgetting or is handy? I'd love some tips on anything.

    Thank you guys so much!
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        06-28-2013, 09:25 PM
    EDIT: We don't own the HORSES yet, almost, just about a hundred dollars left on both, not the saddles. We don't really have a clue about what saddle we want...
        06-28-2013, 10:19 PM
    The type and size of the saddle depends on the type of horse you own and how you want to ride. A local tack shop can help you alot, and sometimes has
    Good used saddles for sale. Also, the size of the person riding your horses will need to be considered. For example, a thoroughbred is usually a slimmer horse, so you will usually need a narrower tree on an saddle so that it will fit better.
    A quarter horse usually is wider across the withers and a medium tree will fit.
    I am a petite lady, and I can ride in a 15" or 16" western saddle, a 16 1/2 english saddle. I visited a local tack shop where I could sit on different saddles, and found one that was comfortable and a good fit. A comfortable saddle for you and your horse makes a world of difference. Also, you will need clean, comfortable saddle pads, or blankets to use under the saddle, girth straps, stirrups for english saddles, a couple of riding helmets, gloves, bridles, reins, fly spray, worming medicine, salt block, a good vet and farrier. Join a local horseclub, read magazines, and check out books on how to care for a horse is always good.
        06-29-2013, 05:56 AM
    Not sure what your weather is like but will they need covers? Summer or winter ones? :)
        06-29-2013, 07:11 AM
    Do they have some kind of shelter? Trees or man-made? If not, you might want to build something :)
    Mounting blocks - these are sooo expensive in my experience. I would suggest using something cheaper. I use old milk crates, they are the perfect height!
    Paddocks: Not sure where you live, but do a quick google search on poisonous weeds in your area, and ensure your paddock is free of them. Usually horses know to avoid them but you never know with horses!
    Make sure there's nothing the horse can scrape/hurt itself on, e.g. Tin, metal, sharp objects.
    Maybe some storage items for your tack, e.g. Bridle hook, saddle holder (don't know its proper name LOL).
    Gum boots!! Can't stress that enough! Many shoes have been ruined by a muddy paddock! I assumed my riding boots would be sufficient... big mistake!
    Look in the phonebook for a local vet, farrier, etc and program the numbers into your phone. Nothing worse than the stress of having a sick or injured horse and desperately trying to find a phone number.
    Will you be trail riding? Walk/ride a bike along the trails, and ensure there's no branches too low, creeks too big to cross, logs on the trail... etc. Better now than on your first trail ride :)

    Sounds like you're pretty organised, this was all I could think of :) :) GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN!
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        06-29-2013, 10:29 AM
    Thanks everyone! I forgot to mention that I have a helmet, paddock boots, breeches, rubber boots and whatnot. We are having a shelter made before they come home, we are scouting for all the metal and stuff, poisonous plants. Yeah I know that mounting blocks are really expensive, so i'll just have to find something else..:(

    I think that we will probably buy blankets for the winter for the horses. I know we need fly spray and hopefully we'll get fly sheets/masks, but the horses are used to just living in a pasture and they would probably tear the stuff off the other horse.....

    Is there anything that I'm still forgetting?
        06-29-2013, 10:31 AM
    Sorry, forgot to add- is it necessary to have a blanket for the horses? They never did before, but they also had an indoor arena that they could go into when it got SUPER cold. We're here in Minnesota, so it can easily get below 0*F windchill in winter.
        06-29-2013, 01:22 PM
    Originally Posted by Tobysthebesthorseever    
    Sorry, forgot to add- is it necessary to have a blanket for the horses? They never did before, but they also had an indoor arena that they could go into when it got SUPER cold. We're here in Minnesota, so it can easily get below 0*F windchill in winter.
    Yes, I would get them blankets. My horse is kept inside during the winter, and so has never had a blanket (it also doesn't get down below 10*F here normally). Since I've never used them myself, I can't give specific directions, but I know the people in my barn who use them start with a sheet in late fall, when it begins to drop to 40*F, and then progress to heavier and heavier blankets as it gets colder. You do have to stay on top of things, as if you give them a blanket that is too heavy for the weather, they can get sweaty and chill and get sick. Hopefully someone more experienced will chime in :)
        06-29-2013, 01:25 PM
    It can get -40 here in the winter, I don't blanket and my horse is a show horse, not a rough out nag. Unless you want to keep them clean for your winter riding, or the horse has a health problem, blankets are not necessary.
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        06-29-2013, 01:46 PM
    Okay thanks. I'm not sure if I will blanket them. I think maybe I'll get one or two blankets in case they get sick or something. Would that work out okay? I know that sometimes in blanketing they can get sweaty and then cold and get sick. So would blanketing be better or not? Blanketing is so confusing.....

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