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post #1 of 6 Old 06-13-2014, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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Have I missed anything?

We are in the process of looking for a 12-13hh pony for our son. I was heavy into riding when I was younger, and will be giving him beginner lessons until he's ready to move up to a professional trainer. However, I've been out of the loop for a few years and I'm trying to remember my stuff So far, I have picked up the following items. Have I missed anything important (NON size specific ie...blanket) for starting out? The pony will be on our property.

14" english saddle & pony pad (girth TBD)
pony bridle with snaffle bit
20 qt buckets (2)
grooming - hoof pick, mud & finishing brushes, curry, face & mane combs
fly spray
lunge line
lunge whip
lead ropes
grazing muzzle (pony size)
halter (pony size)
riding helmet
salt block
muck bucket
pitchfork

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-13-2014, 09:22 PM
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Make sure you have the feed, and shavings/sawdust. Maybe some stuff for bathing? Also, I would make sure to have a wound cream or something on hand. Just because they always get hurt at a bad time. Maybe a riding crop. And maybe a mineral block. These are pretty much optional.

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post #3 of 6 Old 06-13-2014, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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I do have a crop and mineral block! I picked up so much today at my local tack shop's annual sale that I forgot those Also got my son some jods for $9.99!
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Go to the horse health section and check out the sticky thread on first aid kits for your horse. Also something to consider is waiting to buy the saddle because that is size specific to the horse and even though you are looking for a small horse/pony they come in a variety of widths. From extremely wide to extremely narrow. An ill fitting saddle will cause tons of issues.

Other items I can think of are:
Shampoos and conditioners
Water trough (so you're not constantly filling a bucket )
Fly mask
Multiple sets of reins (those suckers tend to break easily)
Minerals
First aid kit (like I mentioned earlier)
Human first aid kit
Multiple halters (never know when you need an extra)
Wheel barrow
Shovel
Fly control for the property
Manure disposal is something to consider since you could need tarps or other items
Extra fencing (just in case)
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-14-2014, 07:23 AM
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I'd wait on the saddle, bridle, halter as those are size specific and it could be you find a smaller horse that would work beautifully. Don't rule them out. Getting back into the horse network in your area can lead you to the perfect mount whatever the size. I've never had a set of reins break without being in an extreme situation and even then from age they were weaker than a new set. Well kept, hung properly they should last for years. Now stirrup leathers after a certain amt of time I just replace as I've had those snap at inappropriate times and that isn't a good feeling.
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I'd wait on the saddle, bridle, halter as those are size specific and it could be you find a smaller horse that would work beautifully. Don't rule them out. Getting back into the horse network in your area can lead you to the perfect mount whatever the size. I've never had a set of reins break without being in an extreme situation and even then from age they were weaker than a new set. Well kept, hung properly they should last for years. Now stirrup leathers after a certain amt of time I just replace as I've had those snap at inappropriate times and that isn't a good feeling.
I can luckily say I've never had them break but I see it constantly happen, stirrups too. I've learned if you buy quality you get a lot longer use out of it especially leather. Spend the extra to start with and you won't be spending constantly to replace. And of course 100% agree with taking care of it. You'd be surprised how many people I know that don't take care of their leather stuff or tack in general.
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