Buying Tack/Accessories Before Horse? Also: Saddle Fit Question.
Is there any tack that I can stock up on before I buy my horse? I know the breed (arab) and I would love to stock up on some things before I get her/him so that I can afford really pretty things. I plan to get the horse in about a years time and I will not be changing my mind. (Following childhood dreams, haha.)
Also: I have an English saddle (Stubben Siegfried) that I used on my Quarab yeeears ago. She was more qh built so I am thinking the saddle would be a funny fit on an arab. Is there any way I can change the size of the saddle in the future? Saddles are so expensive and I would love to just use this saddle and invest the rest of my cash in a really nice bosal haha. EDIT: I also don't know how to tell what size the saddle is...
If you ride with a bosal, wont' you be riding Western? I might think you could sneak out and buy a bridle? A saddle, it is SO risky to buy without a horse to match to. (been there, done that). Get a saddle pad and a bridle and some polo wraps for color or boots or something.
I got my halter before I got a horse. I got her pretty quickly after the halter, but if I hadn't, I probably would have gotten my own saddle pad and/or blanket, headstall and reins, grooming supplies, etc. Things that can be used on many different horses.
I'd say only basic pad, leathers, stirrups and reins would be safe to get (and even though you may end up needing a special pad with inserts etc.). May be bridle (if you are sure about breed/size). However saddle, bit, girth, boots will all depend on horse.
Unless you are very familiar with using a bosal, it's not a good idea. A good bosal with a rawhide core will run you $250 and up. It's not fair to the horse to use a cheap one as they skin the horse up and are lopsided due to a wire core.
Tinyliny: The reason I spoke about the English saddle is because I already own it, so I will probably be riding English until I can afford a Western saddle. I just was hoping I could collect some Western stuff because I enjoy Western more. I probably shouldn't have mentioned the bosal.
Poseidon/Kitten_Val: Saddle pad, leathers, stirrups, reins, headstall, that's a pretty good shopping list! Thanks guys!
Saddlebag: I'm not planning to buy a cheap bosal at all... but I don't have experience with one. Could you suggest any good brands? Why is it a bad idea to buy one if I have no experience with them? I don't really know how else I could learn to use one.
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