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post #1 of 58 Old 06-16-2015, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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HELP! 3 horses coming. What do I need?

I have always dreamed of owning horses. Finally after getting my barn ready and horses selected, they are coming this weekend. What will I need to get started? Thank you
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post #2 of 58 Old 06-16-2015, 09:09 PM
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You'll have to be more specific...do you mean what kind of training do they need to get started? What kind of equipment you need?

And I'm going to say this in the least rude way possible, please don't take it the wrong way, it sounds weird, but do know how to care for a horse? It just raises a little red flag in my brain when someone says they've "always dreamed" of owning horse's and have bought one, or three, because often times people buy horse's without really knowing how to care for them.

Sorry, I sound rude, but need a bit more information about what you mean ;)
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post #3 of 58 Old 06-16-2015, 09:09 PM
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Am I seriously misunderstanding this? You have bought three horses and have no idea what you need? =/
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post #4 of 58 Old 06-16-2015, 09:11 PM
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Am I seriously misunderstanding this? You have bought three horses and have no idea what you need? =/
I agree...sounds to me as if you're not really prepared to own three horses in my humble opinion.
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post #5 of 58 Old 06-16-2015, 09:23 PM
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I'm sorry, I keep coming back to this post, because you simply cannot own a horse without knowing what it needs.

Many people buy horses on an impulse, dreaming of long majestic trail rides, without knowing much about them, and then quickly become disenchanted with the hard work and and expenses involved. Or they buy horses because they assume that horses are just big dogs.

They're not big dogs.
Not even close.
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post #6 of 58 Old 06-16-2015, 09:24 PM
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Do you have any supplies? Well if you don't have pasture, you need hay and grain. Talk to your vet about what you should be feeding them. If you don't have a vet, talk to local horse people to find one for you! After you get the food all situated, make sure you have a water tub, preferably 100 gallon one. After that, focus on tack. Its always better to buy the nice, more expensive tack because it lasts YEARS! Oh and make sure you have halters. You will need fly spray and fly masks. You probably know this, but just thought I would say the basics!
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post #7 of 58 Old 06-16-2015, 09:31 PM
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How much do you know about caring for horses? Three horses is a LOT of work and responsibility. Sometimes it gets stressful for me to take care of my two horses! So you need to make sure you are prepared with the right supplies and come in with the right mindset! :) I can't tell by your post if you are completely new to horses or have been riding for a while? Anyways, Tractor Supply is a great place to buy the basics. I basically live in Tractor Supply LOL and I know a lot of yall probably do too! So how familiar are you with horses?
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post #8 of 58 Old 06-17-2015, 12:12 AM
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hope you have a big stack of hay, manure forks, rakes etc. water troughs, shade/rain /snow covers, halters , brushes, hoof picks, someone knowledgeable to help you ..
A Vet, A farrier.
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OP have we misunderstood due to lack of information, or...?

I am going to assume you have done your research & preparation & know how to feed them, have hay if not enough pasture, a paddock that is well fenced(you only mentioned a barn), have whatever other feeds may be necessary, have grooming & care & first aid equipment(and knowledge), know how to pick/check feet, etc. I assume if you're such a novice you also have someone experienced there to help/advise you? A good farrier & vet on call would also be good to arrange before the horses come - Dog forbid, but one could have an emergency the day they arrive.

If the above is not the case, then I respectfully suggest it may be an idea to put delivery of the horses on hold, until you at least have those factors in order. Then you should at least be able to ensure the wellbeing of the horses, while you learn.
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post #10 of 58 Old 06-17-2015, 07:17 AM
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The number one thing you need if you are getting horses is knowledge. Do you know anything about horses? If not, see if you can put off the delivery until you can at least learn how to care for them. Number two thing is at least three acres of pasture/paddock, since you said you are getting three horses. Some disagree and say that's too much, but IMO if a horse can't break out into a full gallop and fly like it was born to in its pen, the pen is too small. I have three horses myself who live on about, oh, 6-10 acres of land, perhaps? Number three thing: something to put water in. If you don't have a pond or lake on the property you are keeping them on, you'll need a pretty big one. Our horses simply have some buckets spread around but they also have a lake. If they get thirsty they'll go. Pistol will show them the way. :P So, number four thing: grass in the pasture. If they don't have grass in the pasture, that really stinks. If you don't , I suggest planting some- though your horses may trod on the seeds and mess it up anyway. If you don't have grass, you'll have to spend most of your money on hay. You would need a huge round bale likely. And you would have to muck it out if it's only just min size (one acre IMO) and certainly if it is less. Number five: TIME. Enough said. Number six: Grooming supplies. This includes a currycomb, stiff/dandy/hard brush, soft/body brush (optional but suggested- however, don't use a soft brush all the time if your horses will have the option or simply will be out in the weather), face brush (optional but suggested), mane and tail comb(s) (optional, suggested if going to show or if you are OCD about that kind of thing like me), leg brush (optional), and most importantly, a hoof pick. You will probably want something to hold all this stuff in too. Oh, and you'll need one of each of those for each horse (I.e. 3 currycombs, 3 dandy brushes, 3 hoof picks...etc) Number seven- IF you are ADVISED by a vet/horse person who seems like they know what they are doing, you may want to get grain for your horses.
Number eight- You need to know what your horses are at their previous home. If you wish to continue them on the same food you will need THAT kind of food. If you want to change their food in any way, either ask the old owner for some of their food they had been eating- enough to get them worked off it for seven to ten days- or do the slightly less awkward thing and buy some of the old food and the new food. You will have to introduce it slowly over seven to ten days- more or less. I suppose for small changes, five or six days would be okay, and I don't see any reason that making the change 10+ days would hurt.
Number nine- this may be the last one but it is still important though I have these listed (or attempted to) by order of importance. You will need three halters and three lead ropes.
As an afterthought, if you are going to ride them, you'll want tack but that can wait. This is a big undertaking.
Best of luck,
Lily.
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