Basic needs to have for a new horse.
Okay so i want everyone to leave tips and items that people should have when they get a horse either for the first time or just a new horse in general. anything that you think a new horse owner should know comment .
BO can tell you if you need to supply bedding
supplements (if necessary)
mane and tail combs
halter and lead--your choice, I prefer Hamilton Halters, but you must measure those to fit
A VET!!!! Very important. Find out who to call in an emergency. MY Vet (I've owned horses since 1985) cannot do surgery, so I would have to drive to the University of Illinois Veteranary for anything serious, but she can stabilize and tt the Vets there for me.)
tack--your choice, make sure it fits your horse, and make sure it fits YOU. Don't be cheap, you don't know how yet.
Depending on what part of the country you live in, you may need a single blanket. Mine gather dust but I own 5 blankets and 3 horses.
You should buy from a local tack shop. After you've bought these things and measured your horse, you can buy from online sources like State Line Tack or Horseloverz. Right now, you'll be shipping things back bc they probably won't fit. Btw, my 16'3hh horse, (left) has a 7 ft. girth. Correct fit is important.
Be prepared to be horse poor...like the rest of us.
No less important than a good vet is a good, reliable trimmer to care for your horses' hooves on a regular basis - I prefer a trim once every 4 weeks. And, to be confident about the health of your horses' hooves, every new horse owner should learn the basics of hoof anatomy, mechanics and care, to know what is desired and see whenever there's something wrong. Also, get to know local equine dentists and chiropractics.
A good idea is to store contact information of several local vets, trimmers, dentists and chiropractics, and also make friends with experienced local horse people, so that you have more options of help in case of an emergency or just a bigger question.
Forgot about a farrier. **duh** Not to diminish the last post, but having to hire an equine chiropractor would be on the advice of your Vet. Not everyone has to do this, and often your Vet will float teeth and handle your horse's dental needs for you. Agreed about learning about the hoof.
Newbies buy from the head down.
Experienced horseman buy from the hoof up.
To follow up Saranda with the farrier, and the vet make sure you have their teeth checked a few times a year! Every horse is different in terms of when they may or may not need teeth done but it's always good to check.
I always find some who didn't even know their teeth could get sharp points, and harm the inside of the mouth. When I was younger I was the same way, and wish I would have known sooner! Just didn't occur to me when I was a kid, or maybe even adults getting into horses. Everyone should learn about their horses teeth no matter what! TEETH are very important and need to be taken into account as well when contacting a vet, if they don't do dentistry you will need to find one as well and have an emergency contact for them.
I agree completely! Also, it is very important not just to feed your horse what others suggest feeding or according to what's written on feed bags, but to really learn about horse nutrition. It is very complex and horse digestive systems are incredibly fragile, so it is of an utmost importance to know in the smallest details what goes into your horses' meals.
You are getting really good advice, FREE, btw!
A horse's teeth grow until/if he reaches 30yo, then not afterwards. Grass is very hard on teeth. The molars grind unevenly and you can feel the sharp points. Feeding pelleted feet won't prevent this. Learning to read the front 12 incisors can help you to know what age your horse is. Many people have been sold and older horse and told he was years younger bc they didn't know.
Also, if you're a beginner rider, and want to learn how to ride with your new horse, it's always good to buy an older, more experienced horse who can teach you everything. My first horse was 28 years old and taught me everything. She was in very good shape. I showed her until she was 33 and we even qualified for state competition in saddle seat. Horses, when taken well care of can last a long time. I'd say with the right supplements and exercise, they can live longer healthy lives. The horses my family bought for ourselves after her went from ages 22, to 10, and to 6. But as you grow more in knowledge, you can begin to have younger ages to start teaching your horse instead. This is simply a safety precaution. If you honestly do want to start with a baby and grow with it, just remember, green on green makes black and blue, (occasionally even red). Don't attempt to train such a large animal on your own without consulting a professional. You are a tenth of they're body weight. So be careful.
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!
Always remember the quote from our wise old vet...
A horse wakes up every morning with two things on its mind.
What am I going to eat,
And how am I going to kill myself?
That is not being negative. It is the truth. It is why we have an entire section on the forum about horse health.
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