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post #1 of 8 Old 08-07-2014, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Equipment needed for new horse but veteran rider

Well first post here so a little about myself my name is Shawn Im 14 and just recently moved to Germantown TN My riding experience I have been riding for 6 years 3 of which were spent eventing and I still am eventing. I have done some leases but most often just hop on whats available 3-4 times a week Recentlyy did my first beginer noivce but have schooled novice. So my situation is im looking at getting a horse and in my situation being 14 that means I need financial help from my parents so they want to know what the cost would be monthly and up front etc of course there the horse and I have two that I am going to look at both OTTB. being that I have been riding for six years I have bought lots of tack at different times when I was mainly riding one horse but when I bought them bough the most useful size knowing I could use it later on. I will list my tack and equipment and then I am looking for input on what else i may need a couple of things to note I plan to feed my horse hydroponic fodder as a subsitue for hay being that hay here and everywhere the prices are rising in my area 5-7 dollars a bale there are also some other benefits but thats another video. along with gear I am looking for advice on what may be a good all around supplement but of course your vet is the best person to ask that also if you dont mind im looking for some numbers on what you spend on supplements a month any one use smart packs and can recommend them?
for my tack
5 point breast plate
Bridle w/ figure and standerd noseband
HDR all purpose but more of a jump saddle great condition fits almost all the TB I try it on lucky me
Whole host of grooming supplies
large medical kit for horses
misc tack girths martingales etc
wraps pollos
saddle pads
I basically have all the tack for riding its more of the horse management stuff im lacking also on more important thing I do plan to board not sure if full or DIY yet but still figuring it out thanks in advance
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-07-2014, 05:24 PM
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hi, welcome to the forum!

for boarding costs i would call your local barns and ask them questions. Also when boarding some places provide the feed, some will feed what you provide so you need to ask that too.

I can't give advice on supplements as all I give my old guy is Accel

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post #3 of 8 Old 08-08-2014, 01:27 AM
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Hi Shawn, welcome to the forum.

I agree with 4hoof, just call some of the stables and ask about their pricing. I'm in MS, about 35 minutes away from Germantown. Around here prices varies with different stables. I'm providing a link which will be a good place to start just go call them and get information.

Horses for sale at Spring Mill Farm in Eads, Tennessee

Aintree is the boarding facility. There's also windsor stables on Shelby drive, but it will be a little farther for you/parents to drive. I have been to windsor and love the look of their stables. I haven't been to Aintree yet. I'll let you know what my views is on it when I go there to pick up the registration papers for 1 of my horses.
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-08-2014, 04:25 AM
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I am not familiar with "hydroponic fodder", and whether that can be a substitute for hay, and if it's cheaper.

whatever you do, consider that like a car, you must PLAN for breakdowns. plan for vet calls, becuase they WILL happen.

find out the cost of farrier, becuase so many OTTBs require shoes. that's every 7 weeks or so.

the shots, worming, and floating the teeth, cleaning sheaths.

Can you ask folks at your barn about these costs? you'd then have to amortize them over the 12 months of the year, add in the monthly board and feed.

then, now you can go price the tack.
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post #5 of 8 Old 08-09-2014, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Any one any good recomenddations for Farriers/vets near germantown been asking around also.
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post #6 of 8 Old 08-09-2014, 06:32 PM
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901-596-3049 Brian Mosbey. He's an equine dentist and is really good. He can give you recomendations for a farrier and vet in your area.
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post #7 of 8 Old 08-09-2014, 06:38 PM
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Hydroponic means grown in water. Never knew there was crops of hay grown hydroponically?
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-09-2014, 11:23 PM
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A lot is going to depend upon your horse. The tack you have may or may not fit him. He may or may not need supplements. If you're buying an OTTB, it's a pretty good bet that you'll need a farrier. They are notorious for poor hooves.

Our OTTB is aged and requires quite a few supplements. We use Smartpak and I HIGHLY recommend them. We board about 3 miles from our house and they feed our horses twice a day. The Smartpaks make it much easier for them and we know they are getting their supplements. They come every month like clockwork so it's one less thing for us to think about. The added cost is pennies a day and if you need anything else from them, it's included in the shipment at no shipping cost.
Just remember that your parents are being very practical. The cost of the horse is nothing compared to its upkeep. Plan for an emergency fund. Horses have a unique ability to hurt themselves and some of them excel at it!

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