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        11-06-2013, 12:49 PM
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    Foal
    Buying a first horse after 20 years of riding..

    So, I may have 20 years of riding and volunteering/working at barns, but I am still lacking in a lot of "What do I get now?!" kind of thing. Coming here with my tail tucked between my legs... please be nice...

    I was looking at some used blankets on Craigslist, and my friend stepped in and told me to never buy used since they don't repel water. How did I not know that??

    So. I have new brushes. A bridle and saddle. Saddle pads.
    Getting first aid kit next.
    I am boarding at a great boarding facility with an indoor, heated tack room, and it's very well kept.

    Can some of you help with what else I should consider?
         
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        11-06-2013, 01:00 PM
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    Yearling
    I've never heard that used blankets don't repel water.
         
        11-06-2013, 01:11 PM
      #3
    Weanling
    Do you already have the horse or know which horse you are getting?

    I'm just confused because your title says you are buying your first horse, but by your post it sounds like you already have your horse.

    As for buying used blankets off Kijiji, you will obviously want to go and see them in person before you agree to purchase it. If you make sure its in good condition then you should be fine. You could always ask to test its water repelling qualities. Research blankets first and read reviews then look for those blankets on Kijiji.

    I am trying to find a link on here. I know I have ready many good lists on what first-time horse buyers should buy.

    The following link lists some things that people have purchased with/for their horse. As well as some things they had to do for their horse in the first year which might be interesting for you to read.
    QUESTION: How much does it cost to own?
         
        11-06-2013, 01:32 PM
      #4
    Yearling
    Used blankets themselves are not he reason they won't repel water..many people wash their blankets in regular washing machines with regular laundry detergent which removes the repellent material; a blanket can be re-waterproofed at just about any tack or other horse type repair place that also does blankets.

    The very first on the list: identify your vet and have their number on speed dial. An emergency is not the time to go scrambling for a number.

    It sounds like you have the basics. Just some ideas for either ow or "down the road":

    Fly mask (when the time comes)
    You mentioned brushes..making assumption that included a hoof pick?
    Horse type shampoo and mane/tail conditioner; alos consider a spray on "dry" bath type spray like Cowboy Magic) for the quick spot clean.
    Sweat scraper
    Clippers
    Helmet (for you :) )
    Lunge line
    Lunge whip
    A full leather halter and an "everyday" type halter that is a safety breakaway type
    Tack sponge
    Leather cleaner and/or conditioner
    Bit wipes (clean bits are always better than coated with "stuff").

    For the immediate "first aid" stuff, some sort of wound salve...corona, bag balm etc. and a few rolls of vetwrap.
         
        11-06-2013, 05:24 PM
      #5
    Foal
    Thanks!

    I have been working with the horse that I will be adopting at the rescue for the past few months. So I know his sizes and what to expect of him, etc. I already found the boarding situation because it is a barn I work at as a side job (I am an elementary school teacher as my "day job" - which leaves me summers off and lots of vacation time for barn chores!),

    My husband and I have been planning on adopting a horse for about a year and a half, and this horse and I just clicked the second I saw him at the rescue :)

    Thanks for the replies so far!
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        11-06-2013, 05:35 PM
      #6
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tlkng1    
    You mentioned brushes..making assumption that included a hoof pick?
    Horse type shampoo and mane/tail conditioner; alos consider a spray on "dry" bath type spray like Cowboy Magic) for the quick spot clean.
    Sweat scraper
    Clippers
    Helmet (for you :) )
    Lunge line
    Lunge whip
    A full leather halter and an "everyday" type halter that is a safety breakaway type
    Tack sponge
    Leather cleaner and/or conditioner
    Bit wipes (clean bits are always better than coated with "stuff").

    For the immediate "first aid" stuff, some sort of wound salve...corona, bag balm etc. and a few rolls of vetwrap.
    I do have a helmet and hoof pick, but everything else I might be picking up this weekend at Equine Affaire.. :) Thanks!

    I also do have a vet and farrier I will be using. I have already contacted them and have them all set to go :)
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        11-06-2013, 06:27 PM
      #7
    Green Broke
    Did you get the horse yet? If not how do you know the correct size saddle, bridle, blankets, etc?

    You have to be careful with buying old used blankets. One wet night with a non-waterprood blanket will kill your horse. Blankets aren't that bad price wise. I'd get used now and buy new in the spring when the blankets go on sale. One way to test the used blankets is to turn the hose on them for 10 minutes or so. If the bottom is wet obviously its a no go.
         
        11-06-2013, 06:30 PM
      #8
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SlideStop    
    Did you get the horse yet? If not how do you know the correct size saddle, bridle, blankets, etc?

    You have to be careful with buying old used blankets. One wet night with a non-waterprood blanket will kill your horse. Blankets aren't that bad price wise. I'd get used now and buy new in the spring when the blankets go on sale. One way to test the used blankets is to turn the hose on them for 10 minutes or so. If the bottom is wet obviously its a no go.

    I have been working with the horse at the rescue, so have been able to size him :)
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        11-06-2013, 07:09 PM
      #9
    Weanling
    And for one more VERY IMPORTANT THING...
    We need to see more pictures of your horse (assuming that's him in your avatar pic)
    I'm so excited for you, it sounds like you have everything either in hand now or on the way!!
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        11-06-2013, 07:10 PM
      #10
    Green Broke
    Old blankets are fine, you can re-waterproof them. In fact, I re-waterproof my blankets every year when I take them out of storage. I use this Atsko Suede Leather Cotton Canvas Silicone Water Guard Repellent 10 5 oz Spray | eBay and you can find it at Scheels or other sports supply stores where they sell tents as a lot of people use it to waterproof canvas/fabric tents. It actually made my weatherbeeta MORE waterproof than when I first bought it. And it still leaves fabrics breathable too. It takes me about 1 1/2 cans for a 72" turnout rug.
         

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