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post #1 of 31 Old 04-27-2015, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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More stupid questions... what do I need?

Ok, so I'm getting horses again for the first time in 20 years. I mean in my backyard, building a barn, the whole works. I probably won't actually have horses for another year, but I'm in my making lists phase :).

So, stupid question: what do I need? Rather than wait to get everything at once, I thought I would start accumulating things here and there. Obviously I am not going to get saddles, bridles, halters or blankets until I have the actual horses, but I have already bought two grooming kits and a few odds and ends to put in the barn (benches with storage and a mini-fridge for the tack room, etc). Also looking at a Gorilla cart (told dh it can be my birthday gift!) and I know we will need buckets, rakes, shovels and pitchfork... when I last had horses, I worked with a very limited set of tools - some kind of guk for the hooves, a set of clippers, some fly spray, that's about it. What am I missing? I am thinking I need a first aid kit - what would that include? I know they sell them but would I be better off just making one myself? What does a well-stocked barn look like? Not talking about show gear, just every day stuff I might need.
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post #2 of 31 Old 04-27-2015, 04:26 PM
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You want two first aid kits - for people AND equines. : )
Check out the local vets and farriers (and dentists and . . .) BEFORE you have the horse in front of you needing immediate attention.

Are there other barns you can visit to get ideas?

Honestly, one person's "must have" equipment is another's "would never need"!

Personally, a big pile of cash is best.
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As you mentioned, wait to buy anything that needs to be fitted to the horse you buy, but in the mean time you can purchase items that don't need special fitting.

Grooming kits: you can buy these piece by piece and have them ready to go, just hold off on things like shampoo, fly spray, anything that could go bad.

Lead ropes/ training equipment: Leads are something you can almost never have too many of, and you can get them in various lengths. Lunge lines, training cones, jumps, whatever you may need you can buy/ make them now.

Stable gear: Muck forks, muck carts, water buckets, hay nets, cross ties, cans to put grain/ hard feeds in.

First aid: All of the none-perishable first aid things like tweezers, cotton balls, gauze, a stethoscope...etc.

I know there's more but I'm having trouble thinking of them.

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Acadianartist -you could try a thought experiment.

Find a quiet spot. Close your eyes and visualize a perfect day at the barn, from morning chores to bedtime tuck-in. What do you see yourself doing?

Then (briefly!) contemplate a day with an emergengy - and plan for it.

By the way, I must say I'm rather jealous of you. (But I do sincerely wish the best for you and your future horses!)
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I think Piglets idea of a big pile of cash, sums things up nicely. After you've accumulated your needs and wants for the barn, you will still need a big pile of cash

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I second the big pile of cash. Until you get your horses, you will not have a good idea of what you want or need. And you just might end up getting a horse that comes with a lot of stuff, not what usually happens, but it could. I would start with planning your barn, actually marking off with chalk, stalls, tack room, etc. to get an idea of how you want to build.
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Many things will depend on your settup, but the following are all typically useful: muck fork, shovel, broom, wheelbarrow or cart, large tub, tough or 40+gal tub +/- drain and heater, (heated water bucket depending on climate), 2-4 5 gal buckets, a smaller rubber feed pan and/or a small bucket, 2+ Lead ropes, groom kit including curry, body brush, face brush, comb/hairbrush and hoof pick, grooming tote, a large rubber trashcan (some people use an old non-functional chest freezer) with solidly closing lid to keep rodents out and a feed scoop. I have and regularly use all of the above (and not always for their originally intended purpose), and if any of them break, I'm at the store to replace them pronto.
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You want two first aid kits - for people AND equines. : )
Check out the local vets and farriers (and dentists and . . .) BEFORE you have the horse in front of you needing immediate attention.

Are there other barns you can visit to get ideas?

Honestly, one person's "must have" equipment is another's "would never need"!

Personally, a big pile of cash is best.
Yes, good plan, human first aid kit! I always forget the humans :)

And yes, my neighbors have horses with a fairly elaborate setup including indoor arena, my daughter currently rides at a different stable where the owner is a friend of my husband's and is happy to advise us, but I don't want to keep bugging him with my million questions! The local vet is a friend and we'll be using the same farrier as our neighbors since he has to make a trip out here anyway.

Working on the big pile of cash
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Many things will depend on your settup, but the following are all typically useful: muck fork, shovel, broom, wheelbarrow or cart, large tub, tough or 40+gal tub +/- drain and heater, (heated water bucket depending on climate), 2-4 5 gal buckets, a smaller rubber feed pan and/or a small bucket, 2+ Lead ropes, groom kit including curry, body brush, face brush, comb/hairbrush and hoof pick, grooming tote, a large rubber trashcan (some people use an old non-functional chest freezer) with solidly closing lid to keep rodents out and a feed scoop. I have and regularly use all of the above (and not always for their originally intended purpose), and if any of them break, I'm at the store to replace them pronto.
Yup, already bought the grooming kits and working on stall mucking implements (lots of experience doing that!). I can start picking up lead ropes when I just NEED to be in the horse supplies store for no particular reason but don't want to look like the fool that's just there to smell the leather. A big rubber trashcan was something I was thinking of too and of course, buckets. Have not yet decided on a watering trough for the pasture. And yes, I will definitely need a heater since it gets VERY cold here. If I only have two horses, is it better to get a big one or a small one? Seems like a small one would be more efficient to heat and easier to dump out and clean periodically.
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