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post #1 of 9 Old 07-08-2014, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not new to horses by any means, but I am hoping to be new to horse OWNERSHIP within the next 2-3 years. What's the best advice you guys can give me as to things to buy/ have set up before purchasing, best way to purchase, things to ask barns, etc. thanks!
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-08-2014, 10:38 PM
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Educate yourself on training, hoofcare, best management practice, diet & nutrition, etc, before you get the horse. Look at the different option in your area, if you have to agist, to find the best, pref most natural management possible.
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post #3 of 9 Old 07-08-2014, 10:48 PM
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Regardless of how much planning you do, you will need more money.
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post #4 of 9 Old 07-08-2014, 11:07 PM
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You will want almost all the tack before the horse. Halter and lead rope are a must! Then what you want for riding (bridle, bit, saddle pad, saddle and everything). Grooming supplies and fly spray (you may be in for sticker shock when you see the price of fly spray!). Decide on a vaccination plan, best way is to talk to a local vet to see what recommended vaccines are in your area. Find a vet and farrier before you get your horse. Ask barns if they have a farrier come to do multiple horses there (it will save money). You'll want to ask the barn what feed they supply and what you need to supply. Ask about how turn-out works (if applicable). Also ask about what hours you can be at the barn and ride.
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post #5 of 9 Old 07-08-2014, 11:15 PM
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I would not buy any tack or a halter/lead before you buy the horse. Do not buy anything that needs to be fitted to the horse!

Big thing with board is exactly what they do do and what they don't do.
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post #6 of 9 Old 07-08-2014, 11:20 PM
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Yogiwick is right. You should probably wait for the saddle, so you can be sure that it fits. I guess I didn't do this right and owned two saddles before I got a horse and have bought 3 more after that (sold one too). It is a better idea to get the saddle after so you don't buy a lot.

Most horses will fit in an average halter, so I think you would be okay with getting that early unless you plan on getting an abnormally large or small headed horse.
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post #7 of 9 Old 07-08-2014, 11:36 PM
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Part of the reason I said the halter part is many horses come with a halter.

Or you may pick a color that ends up clashing with your horse (I color all my stuff to the horse too)

Also, know plenty of average horses that need a cob/small horse halter. Or several that need a more warmblood sized halter.
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Ditto Yogi. Definitely don't buy the saddle before the horse - it's like buying an expensive pair of shoes because you like them & want to see them on someone you haven't met yet! It may be worse than a waste of time & money, if it ends up hurting the horse. Saddles are never a 'one size fits' thing & many supposed 'training' & 'respect' problems are actually due to saddle pain.

Buying a halter & bridle is usually fine, if you know whether you're wanting a cob, arab or great lump of a headed horse and if you want black or brown, which will suit any coloured horse. I'd also wait to get a bit, as this can also be very particular for particular horses. Obviously rugs & such will also have to wait until you know what horse they're to fit.
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post #9 of 9 Old 07-09-2014, 05:19 AM
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I tell everyone that is ever thinking about buying a horse that when the time comes, seriously look at the horse's feet and its diet. Just those two things will make the biggest difference about whether all your $$s stay in your own pocket or wind up in the back account of your farrier, vet, and feed store.

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