Congrats on your new horse! It's an amazing experience and I wish you luck with him.
When it comes to saddle fitting, never buy one beforehand as it most likely will not fit. I would advise asking a saddle fitter to come out (once you have the horse!) and give you the exact measurements for your horse. Make sure you have a girth, stirrups and stirrup leathers, a saddle pad/numnah and it's worth buying a half pad
or borrowing someone else's, as many saddles fit better and are more comfortable for the horse with a half pad between the saddle and numnah. The saddle fitter will assume that you will have all of that on hand. (this is assuming you're looking for an English saddle; I don't know much about Western saddle or if they use half pads at all haha)
I would definitely get a second halter and lead rope!
Even if you buy a really cheap set, those things go missing all the time and it's good to have a spare. Mane and tail conditioner
is a must-have for me! They usually come in a spray bottle, and are a life saver for knotted tails. Just spray the knots and work 'em out one by one. Fly spray
works wonders when you have to take off the fly rug and tack them up. I find the citronella ones are most effective, if you don't mind a lingering citrus scent everywhere you go, haha! The brand we get has a gel form as well, which we apply around the eyes and nostrils. Anti-bacterial spray
, because horses are always
hurting themselves. You'll have to get used to checking him for heat, swelling or scratches on his legs every day, and if you find an open wound, provided it's small, you can spray this stuff on and prevent it from worsening. You can pick up a bottle in any pet shop or veterinary clinic.
And definitely a first-aid kit
. Absolute necessity. Even if the place you're boarding at has one to share, it's a good idea to have your own.
It's best to assume that you'll need to buy your own wash equipment. And while there's a lot of horse shampoos on the market, it's cheaper and works just as well to pick up any old shampoo
that you would use yourself. Keep it out of his eyes, ears and nostrils! We get conditioner
for a silky tail, too. Having at least one bucket
of your own is a good idea. When we used to board our horses, we could never find one when we needed it. Separate sponges
for the face, bum and body! Use that spare halter when washing so the nice leather one isn't ruined.
Grooming in cross ties is fine. Never
leave a horse unsupervised in cross ties. If the cross ties double as the only wash stall at your barn, it's probably best to groom and tack up somewhere else. We used to just do it in the stable.
Going to ditto scissors
and a torch
as Kalraii mentioned!
Best of luck with your new horse!