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post #1 of 17 Old 11-29-2010, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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Is This Sufficient for Starting Out?

Wellll Ive got AMAZING news! Our house that we've been trying to sell has just gone under contract and closes in under 20 days, and my parents told me that once our house sells and we get settled, we will get serious about buying a horse due to having enough to be able to 'afford it' (who can really 'afford' a horse :P). So Ive started gathering a list together of what Im going to get to start out with. I most deffinately wont get it all at once, of course, but will add it up and start from here. By the time I actually have a horse and look at more products, then the list will most likely have things added and/or change. So here goes! Tell me if any of the specific products listed suck or if theres a better alternative. I went on statelinetack and dovers and went through each category, and then each sub-category and went the pricing from low to high and wrote down the things that appeal to me as the cheapest for the best value/quality and what I would need. Surprisingly didnt take too long!

1. Bit
2. Jewel Of The Bridle Charm
3. 1 In Engraved Brass Halter/Bridle Tag
4. Bridle
5. Kincade Leather Chafeless Girth
6. Kincade Raised Breastplate
7. Kincade Rainbow Reins
8. Saddle
9. Lami-Cell Truffle All Purpose Pad
10. Double Sided Waffle English Pad W/Fleece
11. Stainless Steel Peacock Irons Pair
12. EquiStar Elan II Dressage Whip
13. Tough-1 Nylon Lunge Whip
14. Saxon Standard Neck
15. Hay Bag with Dividers
16. Lexol Leather PH Cleaner
17. Pro-Craft Portable Tack Hanger
18. Fiebings Saddle Soap 12oz
19. Pro-Craft Folding Saddle Stand
20. Treats
21. Halter
22. Splint Boots for Jumping
23. Eqyss Micro-Tel Natural Medicated Shampoo & Conditioner
24. Detangler
25. Horse-Aid First Aid Kit
26. Fly Spray
27. Fly Mask
28. Tack Trunk (Huge trunk from home depot for cheap)
29. Hay Net
30. Grooming Supplies
31. Tail Wrap

Keep in mind that some things like the engraved tag or jewel thing are just for my own fun :] And when it says things like Grooming supplies or saddle, and doesnt have a specific product, I either already have some of it, or havnt decided which, but know I will need it!.

Im SO excited and can't wait to tell my trainer! Shes been praying and hoping our house gets sold as much as I have been so that we can FINALLY move forward with our lives (not just horse wise, but our house was financially hurting us in all aspects of our lives). WOO!!!!!
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post #2 of 17 Old 11-29-2010, 01:52 AM
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What about water buckets and rugs? Did you mention gloves, gloves are important. Look at getting both a normal length lead, and a 12ft lead, its amazing how much they come in handy, I don't know how people do everyday handling (gates and such) with a short lead.

I'd look at making a priority based list - so you know what you need first, and split it into a before horse/after horse thing. Like you can't buy a bridle, bit or saddle before your horse, and your horse might not need a breastplate, but he might need something else.
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post #3 of 17 Old 11-29-2010, 08:16 AM Thread Starter
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Yep, like I said, the list may change, this is just what I knew I may need. Like for the breastplate, I'm just assuming. If not, then oh well! Less money to have to spend! But good idea on the priority list!
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post #4 of 17 Old 11-29-2010, 08:42 AM
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I wouldnt worry about the lunge whip. Your trainer might have one that you can borrow if you put it back.

Horse shampoo is expensive so use human shampoo which is cheaper and is fine to use on horses.

Why do you need a haybag with dividers and a haynet?

Since it is coming up on winter and you dont have a horse yet, you probably arent going to be showing until late winter/early spring (if you show) so I doubt you would need tail wrap right away. Its fall, so pretty sure the fly spray and fly mask can wait till next spring.

Lots of bridles come with reins already if you pick carefully. Same with saddles...they can come with stirrups and leathers.

Why do you need a saddle stand and a tack hanger? Will the tack not be going into a tack room?

Also dont get ahead of yourself yet. Your parents will still have to find a house, get it under contract, pack and move. That isnt easy. It might still be a while before you can even think about going to look at horses. Buy things that you can use on lesson horses in the meantime. Get your own halter and lead rope. Buy your own saddle pad. Get a grooming/bathing kit. Get a rubbermaid tote to put it all in if you dont want to use it till later. Just as a suggestion....dont personalize stuff with a horses name, but put your last name on stuff instead. That way it can be used for several future animals.

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. --Epictetus

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post #5 of 17 Old 11-29-2010, 09:02 AM
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Just my opinion... a person can spend a lot on a horse or not so much. I live on the prairies..we get cold! We do not rug (or blanket) our horses. I have buckets but only use them when we are gone from home so I can water the horses, so they are always kept in my trailer.

Sounds like you are ready to go and will have a great time shopping for both your supplies, tack and your horse. Have fun!
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post #6 of 17 Old 11-29-2010, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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Velvet, I already have stuff for lesson horses. Saddle, halter, lead, crop, grooming, etc. and it won't take us long to move, because it can't. we have to be moved out of our house by the closing date, so we will be somewhere else.
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post #7 of 17 Old 11-29-2010, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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opps didn't finish. I need a saddle rack and tack hook so that I can put my saddle somewhere as well as bridle. we don't have room in the boarders tack room. its full. saddles are stacked on top of each other. I'm not saying I will be getting this all at one. I just wanted to know the neccesities.
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post #8 of 17 Old 11-29-2010, 09:27 AM
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Yea why do you need a haybag? If your boarding you won't need water buckets or a haybag and dividers. That'll all be taken care of in your board. If you plan to show then you'll need them...and much more
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post #9 of 17 Old 11-29-2010, 10:08 AM
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start going to tack sales and pick up a few things. I bought a lunge line for $1, a light blanket for $15, saddle pads go pretty cheap there and you can get good deals for saddles. Even grooming supplies are good buy at tack sales, so they may be used but after a few days of brushing a dirty, dusty horse they don't look new anyway. LOL.
You can find lots of stuff at tack sales and save a ton. Oh we even bought a riding helmet, new same one I paid $50 for, for $35.

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post #10 of 17 Old 11-29-2010, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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tack sales? where would there be some?
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