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post #1 of 9 Old 09-29-2009, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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What do I need?

Hi everyone,

so I will be getting my first horse (yeay!) but still have some time until we pick him up. Now, I wonder what all I will need to get for him (not me, I got all my riding gear :) ).

Here is what I have so far:
  • saddle (adjustable gullet) black
  • 2 halters (one one-size-fits-all rope and one nylon that should fit him)
  • lead ropes
  • grooming kit (brushes, sweat-scraper, hoof pick, curry)
  • one set of polo wraps (but I might get a different one. It was a gift and is baby pink...)
  • hay net
I know I need a bridle, but I want to fit it to him precisely (any info on how to do that is appreciated too!). If it helps any, he is a 15.2 chestnut Arabian.
Anything else I should get (other than shampoo, he needs a bath ;) )?
Thank you everyone for input! I've been leasing horses forever, but never had to buy all the stuff myself, so this is exciting :)
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-29-2009, 08:43 PM
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I don't know if there is a way to do this besides just searching for it but I just posted a thread about almost the same exact thing and got tons of great info.
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post #3 of 9 Old 09-29-2009, 09:02 PM
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A first aid kit is a must. You never know if your horse is gonna get hurt. Its better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it! Some buckets are always handy. I have 2 tuff tubs (is that what they're called) in my float and they are a great help.
Sponges are a must too. Have a seperate one for the dock, and one for the face.
I'm assuming he's a gelding, so you'll be needed sheath cleaning supplies too. Many people neglect to do this, but it does actually need to be done. I'm not the best to explain it, but there are many other people on here who can.
Also make sure you've called your farrier of choice and informed them that you have a horse and arrange his next shoeing/trimming date. Also, call your horse vet and just tell them you have a horse and that they're your vet of choice if anything should happen. That way they won't be like "Who is this?" when you call in an emergency.
And some lunging equipment would be a good idea.
Thats all I can think of at the moment.
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post #4 of 9 Old 09-30-2009, 11:18 AM
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are you keeping your horse at a boarding facility or at home? and what kind of ammenities will he have because that will affect things that you will need
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post #5 of 9 Old 09-30-2009, 05:18 PM
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i agree with kmarie about whether or not the horse is living at your place or boarding. because it is an arabian the size of the bridle will probably be a "cob" size. they dont sell them by inches. you will need buckets for feed and water and also buckets to wash the horse with. buckets are very handy. you can never have too many. tack cleaning supplies like saddle soap and wipes and some old or cheap rags will be handy. you might want some rubber bands if you want to do anything with the horses hair. just think of what you will be doing with your horse and the materials you would use or are used to seeing people use when they do the same with their horse.

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post #6 of 9 Old 09-30-2009, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Gidji, thank you. The first aid kit will be done and yes, I've done sheath cleaning before (my husband offered to get me a Haflinger as "his" horse if I do it for him after he found out what it is ). Gotta remember the buckets!
Sponge also. I have some lungeing (ha, I always spell it the German way which is wrong in English :roll:) stuff, even though one of my lunge lines disappeared. I will let the vet and farrier know once we move down there.

Kmarie and trashcanchaser, we will be moving on 25 acres that we share with my SIL (she has 3 horses of her own, so if need be I can borrow from her until I get my own and believe me she has more than enough stuff, I've seen her garage!). Initially we will have a port-a-stall set-up, but we will be building a full barn, arena and round pen and of course pastures. Oh, there is some forest and a creek on the land that we will use for trails. How fast we get everything set up depends on the price and how much money we will have, but since we are all contributing and its a a couple months away, we should be getting a good setup started.
As for what I will be doing with him, initially getting him to lose some weight (he was pastured in luscious grass for a couple years and is an easy keeper...) and get him muscled up again. Then mainly trails and some arena work, though my SIL wants to take me to some shows, as I have little experience there. He is 17, so I will not do anything too excessive with him.That is reserved for my next horse

Thank you all for your input! Keep it coming! I sometimes tend to forget the little things when I have so much to think about
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post #7 of 9 Old 10-05-2009, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Bumping it up
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post #8 of 9 Old 10-06-2009, 01:50 PM
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OOh horsey shopping list! My new loan pony has just arrived and I am on a shopping spree too.

Today I did rugs - so here is my list for rugs (I am in Scotland - dont know your location so your needs may be different)

Light, Medium and Heavy Weight Turnout
Light Medium and Heavy Weight Stable
Travel Fleece
Thermatex (woolen wicking blanket)

Other things ..

Travel Boots
Tail Guard
Leather Head Collar for travelling
Leather Cleanser
Saddle Soap
Small sponges for eyes and nostrils
Fly Mask
Fly Spray
Show Sheen (I love it for making tails easy to comb out)
Those rubber bungee tie things so you dont need to tie up on bailing twine at a tie

the list could be endless lol

You say he is 17 - maybe look at feeding ranges designed for the older horse and make some calls to the nutritionists. After about 16 the needs change for working, and retired horses in terms of feeding.

Also, you might want to look at equine dental technicians in your area - I have my horse and pony done every 6 months.

Ok I will "shut up" now or I could type for eternity - I love shopping! lol
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post #9 of 9 Old 10-06-2009, 02:08 PM
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Some saddle pads. Those are a one size fits all thing, once you get him then you can get boots, bridle, and stuff that will have to fit him. Depending on where you live you will have to have a different set of blankets. I have one fleece, one rain sheet, and one stable blanket per horse. (Speaking of which, I need to measure and order Geof's...)

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