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post #1 of 13 Old 07-27-2014, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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List of things I need for my first horse?

So I made a list of things to buy for my new horse. Is there anything I'm missing?

Health
Prestige V + WNV
EquiRab
Smartpaks/supplements
Zimecterin Gold
Ultrasheild
Fly Mask
First Aid Kit

Tack
Halter
Lead Rope
Saddle
Saddle Pad
Bridle
Bit
Leather Cleaner
Leather Conditioner
Splint Boots
Polo Wraps
Bell Boots/Over-reach boots

Grooming
Tote
Rubber Curry
Stiff-bristled body brush
Soft-bristled body brush
Soft-bristled face brush
Mane and tail comb
Hoofpick
Shampoo
Scrub mitt
Sweat scraper
Mane and tail conditioner
Mane pull
Bot fly knife

Training
Lunge Line
Lunge Whip
Treats
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-27-2014, 07:41 PM
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Some of these items are really not necessities, but more personal preference. I personally do not use bell boots, polos, or any form of boots on my horses. I do hunters though.

Not every horse NEEDS supplements. I would recommend getting your vets opinion on what supplements your horse should be on, if any. As for the wormer, again you need to ask your vet on this. Some vets will recommend a different wormer depending on your location/time of year/etc. The vaccinations are for your vet to give, they are not something you will have unless you do your vaccinations yourself (I do all my vaccinations myself, but I would not recommend this for a first time owner at all, you really need to know what you are doing - it's not something to play around with and/or just jump into).

I would recommend buying more than one saddle pad, and also not buying saddle/bridle/bit until after you've bought your horse and know what size bridle/bit, as well as what type of bit is needed. I would also highly recommend a saddle fitter to come out and try saddles on the horse to find out what fits and will work best for both you and your horse.

Unless this is something to do with your area, I don't see why you would need a bot fly knife? Can't say I've ever owned or needed one.

Another point would be does this horse need blankets? If so then you'll need those as well. Some horses won't require blanketing, some do. Both my mares have a full set for year round (Heavy weight, mid weight, light weight, stable rugs, no-fill rain sheets, fly sheets, coolers ..) I wouldn't buy any of these until you have the horse and know what size the horse takes/what brands fit and which don't/which blankets you may chose not to have, etc etc.

My first aid kit is a mile long (mostly things I have needed "one time" and keep on hand "just in case" like tweezers, syringes, polysporin, diapers, epsom salts ...the list goes on and on and on.) But, one thing I do want to recommend though would be keeping Vetericyn on hand. It works like magic and I will always, always have it on hand.
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post #3 of 13 Old 07-27-2014, 07:50 PM
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Agree with beverleyy and want to add, the items you will need will vary depending on how you keep your horse. Boarding or at home.

If you are keeping it at home the list gets exponentially longer as your looking at all the maintenance items, hay, tools, fencing, pitch forks, wheelbarrows, etc. etc.
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post #4 of 13 Old 07-27-2014, 09:00 PM
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Get horse, but you will need to halter and lead rope, no need to buy saddle/bridle until you have horse to gauge by, and even then might go through several attempts.

With Baby Huey, his head is so small, like old time QH's, the bridles I bought, which got good deal on but it was way to big, even taking it up all the way. And bought another one, that was smaller, but still too big. So measured from mouth over poll to mouth and was able to at least get in ball park then.

I've got quite a few saddles and pads, so that didn't bother me as much, but I am a bridle/bit addict...so have maybe 15 now, set up, and few that aren't. Why? I don't know. Topic for another thread I am sure.

And polos, bells, and quite a few others things you can find through a forum that has classifieds, I've found quite a few of each, and good prices. Some you may not need though.

Depends on what you are wanting to do with horse, big difference in western/english, trail/show, or what have you.
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post #5 of 13 Old 07-27-2014, 09:08 PM
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You need an equine first aid book. First aid kit is huge and I always like to keep bute and banamine on hand for emergencies. Blankets, cooler, fly mask, cinch/girth, breastcollar. I used to collect everthing cause you never know when you might need something...lately I've cleaned out and now only have my essential tack and supplies that I use regularly.
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post #6 of 13 Old 07-27-2014, 09:42 PM
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Under training cross out "treats" and replace it with "riding instructor/trainer."
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post #7 of 13 Old 07-27-2014, 11:10 PM
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An essential I always keep in my first aid kit (the one that claimed the top shelf of the refrigerator!) was epinepherin. You may never need it, but when you do, you need it NOW!
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post #8 of 13 Old 07-28-2014, 07:51 PM
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Have you got mucking out tools and a good barrow? Unless you're on full livery... which I was on for three months last year :O cost a bomb but so lovely to be able to spend winter evenings riding instead of mucking out :)
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post #9 of 13 Old 07-28-2014, 07:52 PM
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ooh and buckets. Lots and lots of buckets: feeding, washing, water, spares, they always get broken/go missing so you can never have enough buckets :)
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post #10 of 13 Old 07-29-2014, 11:45 AM
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Equine vet! Depending on your area, this might be difficult to find. We're blessed with an abundance and I take the horses to two different practices. That way, if someone's on vacation and I need a vet in the middle of the night, whoever comes will at least know my horse. DO NOT wait until you need one, to start looking for one!

An emergency fund for the above item! Horses only have 2 things on their minds: food and how to damage themselves. Build up an emergency reserve fund. PLAN for accidents!

A good farrier or barefoot trimmer. The horse will tell you what he needs. Treat them well, pay them promptly. You want to have a very good relationship with this person.

A plan to be able to transport your horse. Truck and trailer or access to a truck or trailer or a friend that will haul you.

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