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post #1 of 16 Old 03-02-2016, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thing you can buy before you get a horse?

Hi everyone, so I am currently saving up to get my first horse (no worries, I have my own business, my instructor is my mentor, I know how much boarding and vet care is in the area etc). Anyways, I was wondering, instead of having to scramble and buy everything when I get a horse, is there things I could buy before?
Of course I know things like a saddle you cant.

I do already have everything I need for grooming, a halter and a western saddle blanket.
What other things could I get before I even have a horse?

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I did the same thing :) I was so excited to get a horse that I went out and bought everything I could! Which, it turns out, was very useful!!! Anytime the farrier or the vet come and ask me if I have a specific product, I usually do, LOL. Although to be honest, I probably bought a lot more than I really needed. But because there is a lot to buy once you get the horse, it's nice to have a few things to start out.

I guess we need to know whether you will be boarding your horse and what is included in the board. But other than grooming basics, you should have some of the following:

- lead ropes (at least two, but I got two ropes and one with a chain which I have used once or twice - the two leads have served well as improvised cross-ties between two trees when I want to groom outdoors)
- lunge line and lunge whip (and maybe side-reins if you think you will want to use some for lunging)
- shampoo and stain remover (I like Cowboy Magic spray for quick touch-ups)
- powdered thrush medication (my trimmer says always to use powder and this one also works for rain rot, etc.)
- ointment for scrapes and minor cuts
- fly spray (but you may only need this certain times of the year depending on where you live)
- a first aid kit containing anything else you will need to treat an injury, although if you are boarding, chances are there is one in the barn
- a clipper set that includes scissors
- buckets (not just for food and water - you will want a bucket or two for washing, along with sponges)
- lots and lots of old towels have come in useful to me for all kinds of things from drying him off after a rain to spot-washing
- absorbine spray to apply on sore muscles after a good workout
- I like to keep a kettle at the barn for warming up water, but if your barn has hot water, this is probably not necessary

I'm sure I'm leaving stuff out... You will want a lot of extra barn clothes for yourself too. Even though you may be taking lessons now, when you have your own horse, you will want to be at the barn as much as possible and in all kinds of weather. I now have a whole side of my wardrobe dedicated to horse clothes ;) It's a grand adventure! Enjoy every minute!
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Adding to Tiny's (good) list...

-Brushes
-Grooming tote

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I did the same thing :) I was so excited to get a horse that I went out and bought everything I could! Which, it turns out, was very useful!!! Anytime the farrier or the vet come and ask me if I have a specific product, I usually do, LOL. Although to be honest, I probably bought a lot more than I really needed. But because there is a lot to buy once you get the horse, it's nice to have a few things to start out.

I guess we need to know whether you will be boarding your horse and what is included in the board. But other than grooming basics, you should have some of the following:

- lead ropes (at least two, but I got two ropes and one with a chain which I have used once or twice - the two leads have served well as improvised cross-ties between two trees when I want to groom outdoors)
- lunge line and lunge whip (and maybe side-reins if you think you will want to use some for lunging)
- shampoo and stain remover (I like Cowboy Magic spray for quick touch-ups)
- powdered thrush medication (my trimmer says always to use powder and this one also works for rain rot, etc.)
- ointment for scrapes and minor cuts
- fly spray (but you may only need this certain times of the year depending on where you live)
- a first aid kit containing anything else you will need to treat an injury, although if you are boarding, chances are there is one in the barn
- a clipper set that includes scissors
- buckets (not just for food and water - you will want a bucket or two for washing, along with sponges)
- lots and lots of old towels have come in useful to me for all kinds of things from drying him off after a rain to spot-washing
- absorbine spray to apply on sore muscles after a good workout
- I like to keep a kettle at the barn for warming up water, but if your barn has hot water, this is probably not necessary

I'm sure I'm leaving stuff out... You will want a lot of extra barn clothes for yourself too. Even though you may be taking lessons now, when you have your own horse, you will want to be at the barn as much as possible and in all kinds of weather. I now have a whole side of my wardrobe dedicated to horse clothes ;) It's a grand adventure! Enjoy every minute!
Thank you, this was a great list! I'm hoping to board where I ride if she has space when ever i end with getting my horse. So I will have access to first aid items and buckets. I think its good to get things before as well so it's less money spent at once. I will slowly buy things as I go. If anyone has more suggestions that would be very helpful!
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You'll want your own buckets. I don't like sharing buckets. When my gelding got gelded, I had to feed him antibiotics mixed into sweet feed. I went out and bought my own bucket, even though that's the only time in his life he's ever gotten grain. Call me overprotective, but I don't want him exposed to other horses' potential germies.

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HELMET.

If you are sure you're going to ride English, get a couple pair of riding tights or breeches, and jodphur boots. If Western, get some boots meant for riding.

Don't forget the helmet!
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HELMET.

If you are sure you're going to ride English, get a couple pair of riding tights or breeches, and jodphur boots. If Western, get some boots meant for riding.

Don't forget the helmet!
XD thanks, I have had a helmet for years now, just didnt mention it. I show so I have proper clothes/shoes etc as well. Just need more ideas about what the horse might need that I can get a head of time.
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To be honest I'm more of a buy things as I need them person. This is because when I need something I know exactly what I need it for, so a little feature or factor that would seem inconsequential before is really a deal breaker now.

You also start to have preferences about buckles, weight, material etc. I'm big on buying quality, so I try to buy what I need, when I need it and only buy it once.

I'd probably look at saving so you have option to spend the money when the time comes.
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For your first aid kit:a couple rolls of vet wrap, cotton gauze, iodine or betadine, rectal thermometer, wonder dust, furazone ointment, and your vet's phone number on file. A fly mask for the summer if flies are bad in your area.
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You'll want your own buckets. I don't like sharing buckets. When my gelding got gelded, I had to feed him antibiotics mixed into sweet feed. I went out and bought my own bucket, even though that's the only time in his life he's ever gotten grain. Call me overprotective, but I don't want him exposed to other horses' potential germies.
This ^^^

Anytime you are feeding something specific to your horse or even just washing him, you'll want your own buckets. It's not a good idea to use the same bucket to wash different horses. I'm dealing with a possible fungal infection in my horse and I'm glad he has all his own brushes, towels, buckets, etc!

Also, a measuring tape to measure weight! It's an easily overlooked, cheap, but absolutely essential item! I used to measure my horse's weight every two weeks and now measure at least once a month. When you get a new horse, you may not feed him and exercise exactly the same amount as the previous owner so it's important to keep an eye on his weight and be able to make adjustments to his feed before it becomes visible to the eye. I'm proud to say that my horse has kept almost exactly the same weight since we got him!
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