Advice for a first-time owner of a pasture-board horse
Exciting news! After 9 years of riding, I am finally going to own my first horse as of January 1, 2015! I am super excited and I want to be totally prepared. I have posted about this horse before when I was trying to solve his bucking problem which has thankfully been resolved. He is a 10 year old Lusitano/Mustang and is very green and often nervous/worried. Please nobody post that a greenie is not a good first horse. I have been riding for nine years and leasing full/half/day for 6 years and I have 3 trainers that will be helping me if I have any issues. I have also already been riding this horse for 2 months before the owner offered him to me so I know what I'm getting into.
Still though, I am new to actually owning and being completely responsible for a horse, and I want to be as ready as I can be. He will be in pasture board which will also be new to me. He will be out with 10 other horses and getting hay during the winter to supplement the pasture. We've decided not to feed him grain because we know he will be good without it (he was in pasture board at this place a couple months before I started riding him) and I live 30 min away and the roads sometimes get icy during the winter so I'd rather not worry about it if I can't get out to the barn. The barn manager suggested maybe giving him a handful of Balancer every week. I haven't looked into it yet but I was leasing a horse who was on Balancer and he did well with it. Any thoughts?
I am taking a suggestion from one of my trainers and not getting him too fit before he trusts me. So, I'm going to do three days of groundwork, three days of riding, and one day off.
He's up to date on shots and coggins and we have a good vet for when he's due or in an emergency. (fingers crossed it won't happen). I do need to look into when he was last trimmed (he doesn't have shoes yay!), and my mom is looking into getting insurance.
The place has a really nice tack room where I'll store all my stuff. I'm trying a saddle tomorrow. I already have a bridle, halter, grooming box, etc. I'm also putting together a first-aid kit to keep in my trunk.
I am going to take TPR everyday for the first week or so to establish a baseline.
Am I forgetting anything? Haha I really am trying to be as prepared as possible.