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post #1 of 13 Old 04-13-2017, 02:45 AM Thread Starter
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New Horse...what do I need?!

I've owned horses before, but have been out of the game for over 6 years. I literally have zero...what do I actually need?

She comes home tomorrow evening and will be boarded at a nice facility, so it's not an emergency as I have support, I just would like to not use other's items (read wear out my welcome) more than necessary!
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post #2 of 13 Old 04-13-2017, 05:40 AM
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Grooming supplies and tools, a towel, halter, lead line, lunge line, lunging whip. Obviously, if you want to ride, saddle with stirrups and stirrup leathers, 2xsaddle cloth (so that you can wash one), bridle and bit. Everything else you can buy as you go, if you need it (I'm assuming full livery, DIY is different). I bought a crop before my horse arrived, it turned out I didn't need it.

I have to admit I only have a rug and some basic first aid in addition to the list. I'm not one of those that enjoy buying things, not that there is anything wrong with that :)
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post #3 of 13 Old 04-13-2017, 06:05 AM
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Basic essentials would be 1 course and 1 soft brush, a hoofpick, a curry comb, a comb or mane brush if you want to brush the mane and tail. a couple of buckets, halter, lead rope, some kind of antiseptic ointment or spray for minor cuts and scrapes, leg wraps (I hardly use those but needed sometimes), a saddle, a bridle, a saddle pad or blanket and maybe some hoof dressing depending on your climate and weather. You also might want blankets or sheets for the winter if you will be blanketing. Some people like to have fly sheets in the summer. And of course, a camera so you can show us lots of pictures.
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post #4 of 13 Old 04-13-2017, 07:25 AM
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Welcome back to the world of horses and watch out, you will probably end up with one room of your house designated as a "tack room"!

Get the basics down and then you will start acquiring stuff as you go along. For boarding, if you have a storage cabinet I like to keep one tote for grooming and stuff you would use every time and other tote just for medical supplies. That way you can pull out the tote and have everything you need right by the horse. And the a bucket to keep all of your bathing stuff in-sponge, shampoo, scraper. By the way, when you are boarding make sure everything is marked with your name or initials. These things like to grow feet and walk away! I would strongly suggest that anything you own that is super nice or expensive gets kept in the car and not in the stable.

Once you buy a couple of items online, all of a sudden you will start getting tons of horse catalogs. Those will give you a great idea of your wants and needs!
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post #5 of 13 Old 04-13-2017, 09:51 PM
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I can't help wonder... if you've owned horses before & don't know this, I am guessing you must have been a child then? And if you're getting the horse tomorrow, I guess it was a sudden rescue or such, that you haven't found out before now. I think the biggest, most important thing you need, to be a good, responsible horse owner is knowledge. About many different aspects. So start studying! On the subject of hoof health & care(& many other aspects which relate...), the thread link in my signature is somewhere to get started.

If possible, find a good teacher - a trainer/instructor, who can guide you on management & feeding too. Because while I gather you're keeping your horse somewhere with full care, it's not a great move to just trust blindly. Even 'experienced' horse people have many different attitudes, different levels of knowledge, outdated ideas on feeding & nutrition for eg.
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My horse came with a halter... I bought a .50 cent lead rope... Used that for a while until I could get a bridle... Then I got saddle at some point... someone gave me a blanket... I think I had the brushes first...
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post #7 of 13 Old 04-13-2017, 10:19 PM
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How exciting!

I also just came back into the horse world after 6 years off. It's such a great feeling!
I'm leasing now, so was in a similar situation where I could also borrow/use a lot of the owners things but I always wanted my own as well.

I started with myself and got the obvious boots/helmet.

Then I got saddle/stirrup leathers/stirrup irons/girth/saddle pad/bridle/bit/reins for riding
Dandy brush/body brush/curry comb/hoof pick/fly spray/bucket for grooming. (old hair brush for mane/tail)
For some reason the cheapest easiest thing I don't have.. (halter/lead) but this horse has his own plus many spares so I haven't gotten around to it yet.
I'm in a hot climate, so rugs aren't an issue here. I did start using tendon boots, but got very lucky that the owner has a great pair for this horse so have been using those.
I think once the biggest things (saddle) are out of the way, its easier to attain and collect the rest!

Good luck!!
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post #8 of 13 Old 04-18-2017, 06:57 PM
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I can't help wonder... if you've owned horses before & don't know this, I am guessing you must have been a child then? And if you're getting the horse tomorrow, I guess it was a sudden rescue or such, that you haven't found out before now. I think the biggest, most important thing you need, to be a good, responsible horse owner is knowledge. About many different aspects. So start studying! On the subject of hoof health & care(& many other aspects which relate...), the thread link in my signature is somewhere to get started.

If possible, find a good teacher - a trainer/instructor, who can guide you on management & feeding too. Because while I gather you're keeping your horse somewhere with full care, it's not a great move to just trust blindly. Even 'experienced' horse people have many different attitudes, different levels of knowledge, outdated ideas on feeding & nutrition for eg.
That's what I was wondering too? But OP also says he/she has only been out of the game for 6 years. I feel like even if it's been 6 years, you'd still have a general idea of what's needed for a horse (like, basic items). I'm also guessing this was a fairly rushed thing if the horse comes home tomorrow.

But, either way, OP ...you'll need general grooming supplies to start. Blankets if you are choosing to blanket (rain sheet if it's rainy/cool currently). Halter & lead. I always keep a back up as well. Hay net if your horse will use one, but that's up to you. I'm guessing you're doing full care board, so won't need any bedding or hay. Not sure if your horse is currently on grain, or if your barn will supply that if you chose. There's really nothing else that I'd personally get first day, especially if this is a "rushed" thing and you haven't already anticipated horse coming home (from the sounds of it).
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post #9 of 13 Old 04-18-2017, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone...

I am not new to horses as I have owned several, but have been out of this for a while now. I should have clarified a little in my OP I suppose.

I can think of a bunch of things I am going to need, probably too much LOL. I just also know that I am probably going to space and forget something rather important as well.

I am a coordinator by nature, so I like to get a head start and have some items handy when she gets here (won't be here until Thursday now). I was looking for horses, but you know how it goes. Sometimes it takes months and sometimes you look at one and that is just the one and you have to jump on the opportunity. That's what happened here.

I think I was looking for specific items rather than it being so general. Yes, I realize I need a curry, brushes, etc., but which ones do you all like? I don't want to waste money on things that aren't super important, but also don't want to waste money on cheap things that I am going to hate.

Does this make more sense?
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post #10 of 13 Old 04-18-2017, 07:31 PM
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I was out for over 20 years! I bought the first saddle with the horse - trashed the bridle because I didn't like the way she rode in it. Bought grooming supplies while I was horse shopping, and also started filling out my med kit (I never consider a med kit complete as there's always something that I need/don't have). Bought the halter and lead the day after I bought the horse so I could get the right size and immediately ordered the bridle I wanted from Amazon.

Also while shopping, since I knew she was coming home to my house, I was buying/installing fencing materials and putting up the shelter. Thankfully, when I found ~the~ horse, and things weren't quite ready at home, the people boarding her at the time agreed to let me leave her there for two months! It was a one hour drive each way to visit her every weekend, but the extra time was well worth it when I finally brought her home.

2 years later, I have acquired an extra acre of land, 3 more saddles, 4 more pads, an additional headstall and 4 different bits, a bosal, boots, leg wraps, feed bins, buckets (10 and counting), another horse, a barn.... need I go on? LOL!


Oh - forgot to add the round pen's worth of pipe fencing, all the t-posts and electric wire (and charger) to fence the new acre, the loss of half of my 2 car garage to feed / tack storage, fly masks, fly spray, fly wipe because the 2nd horse is still terrified of spray bottles, clippers....

When you have horses, you never have enough 'stuff!'
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