Wow, I feel like it has been forever since I was last on here. I have exciting newsss.... We're getting our first horse this Sunday!! I volunteer with a rescue group and I got my mom into it. We pulled this one horse from the Camelot auctions in PA and my mom is in love with him. He is the sweetest thing ever... Perfect first horse. If anything, we need to work on his confidence because he constantly has to be right next to you and gets bullied a bit by other horses.
His name right now is Sundance, but we're possibly thinking Kennedy... Let me know if you have suggestions!! He is part draft horse, but is really not that big! He is 15.6 hands I think and 10 years old. He is a little bit stocky and that's where the "draft" part comes in I suppose.
So, we are boarding at a barn with four other horses. The rescue group has approved them already and we've been out there.
My questions are, what supplies would you recommend? Is there anything that you forgot when you first got a horse? We currently have:
-light blanket (he is SUPER furry)
I may be forgetting something but I think that's it for now. The barn has food buckets, hay, bedding, salt blocks, and water provided. We just wanted to install a water bucket in the stall.
Also -- I ride English (since last May... not too experienced yet!), but my mom (who has little experience) wants to do Western. From what we know, Sundance definitely can do Western and I will try out English.... I know he neck reins so I would like to try that (I've done it a few times before) with the rope halter. But then I have an English saddle -- assuming it fits, it is okay to use this, right? I'm thinking that as long as we are pretty consistent with what we ask of him, the tack shouldn't really matter. I am not a fan of hackamores and as I do NOT have soft hands (working on that!). Should I get an English bridle with a mild bit? Or is this really all just preference?
I'm also a little worried about introducing him with the other horses but from what I read it is best to keep them apart, but still able to see each other until they don't react. Is that correct?
Sorry for all the questions... It's just all happening SO fast all the sudden and I'm getting nervous! Oh, he is up to date on his Coggins and vaccines, and has been checked out by a vet. The farrier is scheduled to come 2/6.
Here are some pics :)
*Also -- I will wait a bit to ride him until he is settled, but how will I know how much work is enough in the beginning until he gets back up to riding regularly?