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post #1 of 3 Old 12-19-2015, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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My first horse

I've been able to work with a handful of other peoples horses, and can finally almost afford my own (by this spring I'll have enough saved up!). I'm trying to put together a list of everything I'll need (to buy, so aside from a place to board it, also I already have a truck and a trailer I can use).
This is the list I have so far:
1)6+ Peice Grooming Kit
2)Halter and Lead Rope
3)Fly Mask
4)Nippers, Rasp, and Hoofstand (I'm shadowing a ferrier, trimmed a few hooves, plan on doing my own)
5)Cooler Sheet (Live in the northern united states and ride in the winter, so a nessesity)
6)Saddle/Bridle/Bit/Reins/Girth/Stirrup Irons/Stirrup Leathers/Saddle Pad
7)Budget for feed/board/vaccines + dewormer/salt/emergency vet visits/lessons

Am I forgetting anything essential? Anything else you would suggest getting? The place I'm boarding has a horse first aid kit, so aside from that! Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 3 Old 12-19-2015, 08:25 PM
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you have a pretty good list there! just a few tips:

some things that should be in the grooming kit: rubber curry, metal curry, hard brush, soft brush, medium brush, face brush, face curry, mane and tail brush, mane and tail comb, and a hoof pick!

i would have some winter blankets too, not just a cooler. at least a sheet, medium, and heavy.

dont forget your bathing products - shampoo, conditioner, sponge, maybe another curry, towels, ect.

also, even though your barn supplies first aid supplies, its always nice to have some of your own. even just a bucket, some betadine/iodine/other ointment for small cuts, some towels, vet wrap, ect.

make sure you dont get any tack related items before you get the horse! you have to make sure everything fits the horse perfectly! this includes saddle, bridle, bit, girth, blankets, and stuff like that. you can buy brushes, bathing supplies, leadropes, saddle pads, and stuff like that before though. if your boarding barn doesnt supply water and feed buckets, you can buy them too.
also, dont forget that you may need some other "small" things for your horse because every horse is different..maybe polos, suppliments, boots, bell boots, special saddle pad (risers, half pads, ect.), and just and just anything else like that!

good luck with your first horse(:
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post #3 of 3 Old 12-19-2015, 11:06 PM
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I agree with not getting tack before the horse. Even the halter may not fit right, so it's best to wait. You can always have a style you like picked out. Horses that are sold will come with at least a cheap, old halter to get you by for the first little while. My first horse came with the oldest, gnarliest halter you've ever seen. I almost wondered if it was older than my horse.
But especially don't buy a saddle yet because it is almost guaranteed that it won't fit.

If you're going to be trimming your own hooves, I'd also get a hoof knife to trim frogs and bars with. Personally I love the loop knife at the bottom of this page:
Friedr. Dick Hoof Knives
I also recommend getting at least mid-range nippers and rasp. The cheap ones are extremely frustrating to use. The nippers I have right now cost $180 (Lopez brand), but I've had them 5 years and trimmed dozens and dozens of horses with them and have never sharpened them. I can balance them with one hand and cut through thick Mustang walls.
If you're only going to be trimming your own horse, maybe you know someone who would go in on the cost of nippers with you? You could easily share a good set between a few people if you're going to be at a boarding barn. Around here, lots of people trim their own horses.
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