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post #11 of 13 Old 04-18-2017, 06:40 PM
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Regular, cheap brushes are OK... but it's been on my 'horse tack bucket list' to get a nice set of natural fiber brushes for a while now. Like a super soft goat hair face brush... ahh! (My horse is treated better than I am. I never get luxuries for myself! Except for my horse... which is a luxury. lol)

Below is a good article on the different types of grooming tools. Good grooming tools are well worth the money! Take it from someone who has spent far too much time trying to get fine desert dust out of even a summer coat with the wrong tools, and is now wishing she bought brushes that are worth the space they take up.

The article:
A Guide to Buying Horse Grooming Brushes - Expert advice on horse care and horse riding
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post #12 of 13 Old 04-20-2017, 11:05 AM
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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!!!
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post #13 of 13 Old 04-20-2017, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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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!!!
Yes! You said exactly what I should have said initially LOL

She will be at a nice facility with 30-40 other horses kept in full care boarding. Stall with turnout similar to your situation sounds like.

Thanks for the short list, that sounds exactly like what I'll need! We are in Texas, so TRUST ME, I know what you mean about fly season and I already know she hates them! I don't think I will need any blankets just yet hehe!
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