First horse information (my property)
I'm a pretty well experienced rider who is finally in a situation where I should be able to get a horse in the next few months. I've been riding for about 10 years- jumpers, ropers, trail horses, cutting horses, dressage, green; you name it, I've probably ridden it. Variety is the spice of life they say! I'm pretty confident that I know how to ride alright and how to find a horse that would suit me (I have help), so I have a different set of questions! I've never actually owned a horse before. I work with them constantly on a volunteer and hired basis, and I've leased before. My family is getting property with room for them, so I figured now's the time to ask opinions on things. You can never have too much reviews!
24/7 turnout. This property is great, with plenty of room for livestock but no barn! We'd be throwing a shelter up for them, but what do you do to introduce a horse that's used to living in a barn to 24/7 turnout? Grazing muzzle? I'd rather not colic or founder my horse in the first week!
Companions. There are goats on the property, and horses on the properties surrounding. Can horses do alright with just people and goats? I've heard different opinions on this, and wouldn't mind hearing more. I could get a companion horse if need be, but it would be easier not to. I would still be riding with other horses occasionally, so it wouldn't be a complete isolation. Is this something that depends on the animal?
Sheets. For a horse on 24/7 turnout, I'm unsure on the use of sheets. Since I would be living in the desert, would I need a winter blanket for the snow/nighttime? It gets pretty cold, and I've never been around an animal that lives outside all the time, do they acclimatize and do fine in their winter woolies? Are fly sheets a better investment than fly sprays for the horse that's constantly outside?
List of items. Hopefully everyone that's buying a horse knows the list of basics that they need. What are somethings that you find new owners tend to forget or overlook? Also, favorite brands? Some people prefer cowboy magic over show sheen. I like to use vetericyn for scrapes, but some people like aerosol bandages. I LOVE reviews on things, if there's something you swear by, or something you hate, I'd love to hear it. It's just like packing, you think you have everything....
Anything else. Everybody forgets somethings. If you have suggestions or questions, feel free to post. If your reviews/comments depend on riding style, I prefer English (h/j/e) and will probably get a horse that comes from an English based barn.