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post #11 of 22 Old 05-09-2013, 01:00 AM
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Books on horse care! I agree with all the posts above but I don't think this has been mentioned yet. Books can be your best friend when just starting out!
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post #12 of 22 Old 05-09-2013, 11:00 AM
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Yes, books! I would highly recommend a first aid book, a nutrition book written in your country, and any other books relevant to what you're doing with horses.

Also, magazines targeted to your goals. My mom likes Trail Rider. I like Equus and Horse and Rider. My son likes Young Rider. (This is where I confess that everyone in my family is a reading junkie! )

There are also many great websites out there that have some great information, and this is one of the best. If you need to figure something out, or need a resource but don't know where to look, the folks on this forum would be more than happy to help you out.

Some of my favorite books:
This one is great for the first aid kit. great basic book on nutrition for those in the US. is a good reference for the house. love this and volume 2. can be fun if you need something different in the arena.
I also have books on grooming, equine science, training, breeds, and disciplines. There is so much that CAN'T be learned from a book, but you can take the ideas you learn and apply them to real situations.
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post #13 of 22 Old 05-10-2013, 05:04 PM
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Originally Posted by existentialpony View Post
Always have a first aid kit for your horse (or one in the barn). I like to make sure that I always have a personal supply of cutheal gel and vetwrap on hand. You never know when you'll end up needing it!
This is what I keep in my First Aid Kit:

Hydrogen Peroxide (I use a 50:50 mix with water)
-First thing I do is flush the wound with this mixture to see what
you've gotten into
Bottle of Sterile water
Large syringe to use for flushing out the wound
Large Gauze or cotton roll
A pair of those sissors w/ the blunt ends
Alcohol pads (the little squares like at the Dr.'s office)
*or a bottle of it w/ the gauze/cotton roll
Triple antibiotic oitment
*What I really like is the melaleuca brand pure aloe oil-amazing stuff
Vet wrap (can never have enough of that stuff)
A couple extra needles and syringes
Medical gloves

I keep this all in a tool box (or tackle box) from Fleet Farm or where ever.

Plus, all this (except the needles) can be used on people as well!!

Would also be a good idea to keep a bottle of Penicilin in the fridge

***unless you do not know how to give a shot to the horse do not give any shots until you have been taught how***
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post #14 of 22 Old 05-10-2013, 05:06 PM
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Spend $20 at Walmart. They have a really nice, heavy PLASTIC locker to keep your supplies in. Unlike the old foot lockers, it doesn't rust OR rot out.
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post #15 of 22 Old 05-10-2013, 05:14 PM
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The tool boxes with wheels are amazing for grooming supplies....I still need to get one myself though :(
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post #16 of 22 Old 05-10-2013, 05:16 PM
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post #17 of 22 Old 05-10-2013, 09:13 PM
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Don't forget a sturdy pair of boots! I love my Mucks--they're waterproof, super comfortable, and protective.

ETA: hay nets!
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post #18 of 22 Old 05-11-2013, 02:40 PM
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i have a pair of ariat shoes for round the yard soooooo comfy!
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post #19 of 22 Old 05-11-2013, 02:49 PM
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The other important thing to do to prepare for having a new horse is to make a budget. Many people are surprised to find out how much it costs to keep a horse and in an emergency are not prepared. Find out how much it will cost to board (if that's what you're doing), what they will charge for hay or the cost of hay in your area, farrier costs, vet fees, etc. Also keep in mind that hay prices will vary from year to year based on if it was a good or bad growing year. If the growing season was not good (ie. drought), generally, hay will be in shorter supply and therefore more expensive.

Vet fees can be hard to anticipate sometimes, but I know how much my vet's dispatch, mileage and exam fee is if they have to come out and the baseline cost for an exam if I bring them in. It's good to know at least how much you will pay, before any of the potential treatment costs. Sometimes it's hard to predict those, but you'll at least know the minimum that you'll be spending. You should be able to call a vet in your area and find out what they charge for a basic exam. I keep a slush fund for vet costs to somewhat help mitigate going for broke in an unexpected situation, although, like I said, it's hard to predict what can happen and what it will cost. I'm lucky that so far, I haven't had to take much out of it.
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post #20 of 22 Old 05-11-2013, 02:50 PM
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An open mind and a sense of humor.

In addition to all the wonderful supplies and physical needs already listed above, you will find yourself hurt, dirty, frustrated and confounded on a regular basis. The only way to overcome that is with an open mind to seek answers and solutions from those wiser and more experienced, and a sense of humor to soothe your injured pride with.
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