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post #1 of 14 Old 06-07-2013, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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What do I need??

So I will be keeping my horse at a neighbor's barn down the road from me. They don't live there, and my horse will be by herself albiet for some companion animals in an adjacent pasture. I'm basically starting from square one and wondering what I need to get going. I don't get her until August, so I have some time. Right now I have a saddle, halter, reins, saddle pad, lead rope, and a couple brushes. I know some of the basics I still need to get but am wondering about the weird things that maybe you overlook starting out - or that you don't realize you need until you need it.

A friend of mine told me to get some Hoof Flex for her, but I think I'm going to wait until the farrier sees her and see what she says.

I'm also confused as to what to get for feed? She is 19 and I'm not sure what supplements or grain to get and where to get it!

Anything helps! TYIA!
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post #2 of 14 Old 06-07-2013, 08:02 PM
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Do you have stable supplies? Buckets, wheelbarrows, pitch forks, brooms, etc...?

You'll need a tool box with wire cutters, screw drivers, hammers, etc...

Go fix the property up. Nails are a pain as they tend to stick out after a while. Hammer them back in. Do a fence check and a pasture check. Get a fire extinguisher.

Get a trash can for feed and trash. If she doesn't hold weight in the winter, you'll need a blanket. There are a ton of things you'll need to do to get the barn up and running again. The horse is the very last thing you do.
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post #3 of 14 Old 06-07-2013, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Ahhh I guess I wasn't clear in my OP.

The barn I'm using, the people just moved out 6 months ago when their horse died. They were I guess really upset and possibly that was the only thing tying them to the property still? Not sure on the whole story. I figured it was probably still painful for them to explain to me why they just left. They're renting the house part out to non-horse-people now.

It's in good shape and has most of the amenities I would need to operate the barn portion of it. And just an FYI the horse was very old and not ridden anymore...it didn't die because of conditions or environmental things. I wouldn't put my new horse in a run down barn...it's in really good shape.
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post #4 of 14 Old 06-07-2013, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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I hope that response didn't seem curt - I really, REALLY appreciate all your tips! I just wanted to make sure they you guys knew that it wasn't some old barn that hadn't been touched in 10 years!! lol
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post #5 of 14 Old 06-07-2013, 08:20 PM
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is she on a pasture or dry pen ? or box stall ? She will need an iodized mineral salt lick. She will need a large barrel for free choice water. What hay is available in your area ? look at hay, grass hay can be high in sugars , there is oat hay, barley hay, wheat hay. or combination of the 3 grains , and there is alfalfa hay which is lower in sugar. Is the horse fat or skinny ? bony ? does she have issues with her hooves ? or Tying up diseases ? You could get sr feed if the horse is underweight and any of the hays listed above. You can get hay cubes, hay pellets, chopped hay . Are you buying by the bale or the ton ? or the squeeze load ? I dont know your area at all. Maybe you can make a new post for people in your area.. example Type of feed for North Virginia ( or south or east or west) wherever you are located.. lol.
Also has she had her teeth floated lately? given wormer ? given yearly vaccines ? OH yeah and Biotin for the hooves, the other stuff is just surface and it does not really help. Its internal that matters. THe biotin should have 2 other minerals with it as they help with the absorption. Just look at the ingredients on the labels. I forget the other minerals names.
And if the house renters are not horse people, I would make sure they did not have access to the barn !!
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post #6 of 14 Old 06-07-2013, 08:25 PM
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You need a cinch/girth if you don't have one,the Smart Cinch by Weaver Leather is pretty good. Get LOTS of halters,spare hoof picks,and brushes. If you ride western,it's a good idea to get a breast collar.
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post #7 of 14 Old 06-07-2013, 09:23 PM
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first aid supplies (vet wrap, wound ointments etc)
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post #8 of 14 Old 06-07-2013, 09:31 PM
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Welcome to the forum! I would begin with, "If I were a horse, what would my immediate needs be?" Then take it from there - Hay/Grass, Water, Shelter, Salt for starters... Farrier trims, Vet checks.... Horses can be as simple or complicated as we make them, but generally, I've found that they prefer we keep it simple :)
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post #9 of 14 Old 06-07-2013, 10:17 PM
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Is there water there?

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post #10 of 14 Old 06-08-2013, 01:33 PM
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Hmmm, you might want to get extra leads and an extra halter, just in case you lose yours! I would get wonder dust (helps heal minor cuts) and other first aid supplies. Fly spray, and tick repellent would be ideal. You'll think of more once you get the mare, but get the necessities. A salt/mineral block, a blanket for winter if she can't keep herself warm, fly mask (not a total necessity but your horse will love you), I forgot the name of it but this pink ointment that you put on and it repels flies/gnats-works GREAT! Good luck! I can't really think of anything else but I'm sure other people will fill you in :)
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