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    04-15-2014, 07:19 PM
  #1
Foal
Basic Equipment List

Hello all!
I'm wanting to budget out horse equipment and was wondering: what basic items are needed for new horse owners(grooming, tack, feeding, miscellaneous items)? Also, what do you buy before you get your horse and what can you buy after you have your horse? My husband and I are wanting to get into horseback riding, we would take lessons first then possibly lease a horse and then hopefully to horse ownership on our own land. Please let me know your tips and advice on purchasing these items.
     
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    04-15-2014, 10:12 PM
  #2
Foal
When you decide to take lessons my biggest suggestion is to find a place willing to teach you from the ground up. I mean a place that is will to teach you every inch of basic horse care prior to ever riding. Owning a horse is so much more involved than riding. Please do not take this as a rant I am speaking from personal experience. Riding will literally be a very minute part of horse ownership. That being said I think you are on the right track wanting to lease prior to purchasing. As far as a budget goes.. the cheapest part of owning a horse is when you buy it. All the million and one little things add up fast. There is truly no such thing as a free horse. As far as items you could prepurchase.. the obvious items would be your basic grooming tools,feed buckets,scoops, scales,feed bins,leads,lunge lines,crop,etc. Items that do not need to be fitted onto your horse. Are you planning to board when you purchase or have it on your own property? If planning to have it on your own property you have fencing to decide on.. which can be a very large and expensive decision,housing, screws,posts and I mean these as extras aside from what you install because inevitably something will break and I prefer to have replacement items on hand. DO not forget eye bolts,hose pipes, water troughs, bedding,manure rakes,wheel barrows or in my case the dumping poop wagon(so much easier for me to move and dump), regular leaf rakes and so much more. Also keep in mind that one is none and 2 is one. I have a double set of grooming supplies for my horses because I never know when one of the kids is going to misplace one. Making a basic list is really hard to do lol. The dollar signs will keep racking up. Not trying to scare you just wanting to give an honest view on it.
     
    04-15-2014, 10:53 PM
  #3
Green Broke
The bare basics? Apart from pasture, feed, water and fences that is, would be;
Water tub, hose and a heater for winter
Halter & lead
Hoof Pick
Mane/tail brush
Bristled curry comb
Shedding blade
Fly spray
Salt block
Suitable saddle, cinch, pad & bridle

Blankets, rakes for poop scooping, grain, wraps, fly masks, etc can come later if at all. It's up to you and your set-up.
They should also have some sort of shelter and although man-made run-in sheds are wonderful, trees do just fine as well so long as they have somewhere to escape the elements.
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    04-16-2014, 09:41 AM
  #4
Yearling
Basic groundwork supplies:

Lunge-line
Lunge whip
I like to use a riding grop when working really close to the horse -- like backing up
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    04-16-2014, 10:18 AM
  #5
Foal
One of my best purchases I made for my horses was a big tent. Yes, I realize how crazy that sounds. It is a portable shelter. I am not talking Walmart style tents. I use the shelter logic ones. Both of my horses were iffy about it at first but now they love them. On that note I am in South Carolina so e do not have actual amounts of snow and I have no idea how that would affect the tents. So far the ones we have are very durable. In the summer months we remove both ends of the tent and they have a lovely, breezy , shady place to stand. During the winter motnhs it turns into a 3 sided shelter . Easily put together,easily moved, and when you think of price it is a fairly nice price. Our 15x20 was about 400 dollars and has been amazing!. I would not change it for the world. EVen when we get those hard core storms with the wind going crazy the horses are just like.. ok oh well. Kinda of a nice way to get them used to the flapping sound a tarp makes too.
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    04-17-2014, 02:06 AM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by livelyblueyes    
When you decide to take lessons my biggest suggestion is to find a place willing to teach you from the ground up. I mean a place that is will to teach you every inch of basic horse care prior to ever riding. Owning a horse is so much more involved than riding. Please do not take this as a rant I am speaking from personal experience. Riding will literally be a very minute part of horse ownership. That being said I think you are on the right track wanting to lease prior to purchasing. As far as a budget goes.. the cheapest part of owning a horse is when you buy it. All the million and one little things add up fast. There is truly no such thing as a free horse. As far as items you could prepurchase.. the obvious items would be your basic grooming tools,feed buckets,scoops, scales,feed bins,leads,lunge lines,crop,etc. Items that do not need to be fitted onto your horse. Are you planning to board when you purchase or have it on your own property? If planning to have it on your own property you have fencing to decide on.. which can be a very large and expensive decision,housing, screws,posts and I mean these as extras aside from what you install because inevitably something will break and I prefer to have replacement items on hand. DO not forget eye bolts,hose pipes, water troughs, bedding,manure rakes,wheel barrows or in my case the dumping poop wagon(so much easier for me to move and dump), regular leaf rakes and so much more. Also keep in mind that one is none and 2 is one. I have a double set of grooming supplies for my horses because I never know when one of the kids is going to misplace one. Making a basic list is really hard to do lol. The dollar signs will keep racking up. Not trying to scare you just wanting to give an honest view on it.
I'm not taking this as a rant at all! I love honest answers the most! I have ridden before like 7-10 times but nothing formal. My husband has never ridden and I would like us to take lessons from the ground up and learn everything that beginners should know. Before we lease a horse or own one we would like to have our own property and keep the horses there. We are currently talking with a realtor on the local animal rights and regulations for equines and building restrictions and the such.
     
    04-17-2014, 04:56 AM
  #7
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by mnevans    
Before we lease a horse or own one we would like to have our own property and keep the horses there. We are currently talking with a realtor on the local animal rights and regulations for equines and building restrictions and the such.
You can't beat having your horses at home. As you look at properties, besides regulations/zoning/etc. research local vets and farriers/trimmers. When we looked at properties years ago, we found a number of very nice places at very good prices, except that the nearest vets/farriers were 50+ miles away.
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    04-17-2014, 09:40 AM
  #8
Foal
I'd add to the list a first aid kit - human and equine.

Even if medical care is not your responsibility as part of the lease, it never hurts to be prepared for emergencies. :)
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    04-17-2014, 09:40 PM
  #9
Foal
One other thing I would get is a horse knowledge book like Equine Science. There is nothing more important then knowing how you horse works. It includes disease and a VERY long list of first aid kit items. I love my copies!
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    04-18-2014, 09:15 AM
  #10
Foal
It sounds like you have your head on your shoulders in this. I hate to say it but finding a place that will teach you all around horse care can be a huge challenge. I wish you the best of luck! In so far as keeping a horse at home. It is fantastic! WHat has been said so far in regards to vets and farriers is true as well. A fair few farriers will not even bother with what they consider to be "Backyard horses" by this I mean only one or two horses on a property. Farriers in my area are in such high demand that they literally can pick and choose what they do or do not want to do. A lot also will not touch a horse that gives so much as an ounce of attitude about their feet here. A good vet in my area is also hard to come by. Plenty of them are good at what they do,however, a fair number do not make house calls. I have been absolutely blessed with my Vet Harvey. The man is amazing and has a real feel for animals. He doesn't consider any horse beneath his time. Sadly we have a lot of the snobbier variety here. I know that sounds mean but it is what it is. Some are about the money and some are about the animal same as doctors. Do not get me wrong my vet is always paid at the time of service but he also believes that a horse's monetary value does not negate it from good vet care. I have had a few turn me down on my horses because they are not the high dollar horses that are prevalent here.


*A fair few racing and high end show stables here**
     

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