Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Southeastern Pennsylvania
• Horses: 0
I think I understand where you are coming from! I just bought my first horse a few weeks ago. I've worked with horses for 28 years, but everything was always provided for me since it was always someone else's horse. I knew I would need brushes, halters, lead lines, tack, etc, it was the items I WASN'T sure about that I needed guidance on. I went out and got a nearly fully stocked med kit per a friend's suggestion, not realizing the full care facility where I am boarding keeps most of those supplies well-stocked as well. Not that it's ever bad to have a set of no-bow wraps in my own personal tack trunk, but I probably didn't need them day one. So, my question is, are you keeping your horses at home or at a boarding facility? Does the facility keep any supplies on hand that you will have access to? Will your horse be kept in a stall? Partial turnout? Fully field kept?
My horse is on full care board (stalled at night with 8 hours of turnout during the day, will switch when the weather gets warmer). In the first 3 weeks, the items that I have found absolutely essential are my rubber grooming mitt (my gelding has super sensitive skin and prefers this for his initial rub down to loosen dirt and loose hair over a curry comb - I still use the curry comb, but he prefers the mitt), a hard brush, soft brush and face brush, hoof pick with brush, a tube of Corona ointment, his 1200 D waterproof turnout sheet, 2 halters and 2 leadlines (in case one breaks, I have an extra on hand), his fly mask and fly spray (fly season has already started here due to a mild winter and he is super sensitive!), a big bathing sponge to rub out sweat marks when it's too cold to hose him down, 2 over-sized beach towels for when he comes in from the field wet just before a ride, his "farrier barrier" paint-on hoof treatment (recommended by his farrier - my gelding is 15 and has never needed shoes and I hope to keep it that way). Obviously my saddle, saddle pads, girth, and bridle (which I bought from my instructor for a great price) and saddle soap/conditioner and tack sponges.
Those are just the items that I have used at least weekly, if not every day so far. I was fortunate that his previous owner included his medium and heavy weight blankets when I bought him - and both are in great shape. He was in a heavy blanket the first couple days, medium weight for about a week, light weight for about a week, and has been naked the last week or so. I would have hated to have had to spend money all at once on 3 weights of blankets to use for less than a month! He doesn't really grow much of a winter coat (not clipped), so I just want to keep his care as close to what he is used to.
As for the med kit, I do feel "safer" knowing I have a stethoscope, thermometer, gauze, vet wrap, standing wraps, no-bow wraps, etc. all on hand, but knowing that the stable also keeps a fully-stocked supply of these gives me added security as well. I probably didn't need corona, furazone, and wound-kote on hand all before the deal was finalized, but since they were all recommended, I bought all 3. I can almost guarantee I overbought for his med kit! I did purchase a tube of banamine paste and a tub of bute from the vet to have on hand. I just hope I never need to use them!
Best of luck!!!