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post #1 of 23 Old 09-16-2014, 12:57 AM Thread Starter
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What do you buy before you buy the horse?

So I was wondering what you buy before you buy your horse as in tack, food etc..

I know you aren't supposed to buy the saddle before, as you need it fitted. And if there are any others that need fitting, someone told me don't buy a halter yet either?

And do I just buy a bale of hay to put in the paddock and to take some for the trip?

And do you recommend buying traveling boots.

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post #2 of 23 Old 09-16-2014, 02:02 AM
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I would think the "one-size fits all" sort of items would be fine to get in advance.
For example:
Grooming tools
Stall toys
Hay feeders
Long line and lead rope
Medical/First Aid supplies

I've always picked up a cheap halter pre-purchase.
It's easy enough to get close to the right size. When it doubt, do a size up because you can always punch an extra hole for the trip home.
If they end up being the wrong size, they're still useful to have around in a pinch, or if someone needs to borrow a spare.
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post #3 of 23 Old 09-16-2014, 02:28 AM
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is there a horse you plan on purchasing soon ? You need hay , water, salt, when the horse gets delivered. After you pay for the horse, go get a halter, Hopefully you have gone and seen and ridden the horse prior to purchase. Ask teh current owenr what size of tree is on the saddle that fits the horse . Then go get a saddle. I don's see the point in paying someone to come fit on off the rack saddle. .
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post #4 of 23 Old 09-16-2014, 08:08 AM
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Every horse I've ever purchased has come with a halter. If you want a new one you can buy it after you get the horse home. You will need a lead rope. You might want to find out what kind of feed the horse has been eating so you don't make a drastic change in his diet. Other than that you can buy hay, bedding, and grooming supplies.
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I'm in the same boat, but right now the two things I am currently looking/saving for:

- a good piece of land
- a trailer

I have picked up a few odd things here and there: grooming supplies, leather puncher lol, some outerwear for the winter. My ultimate goal is to keep the horse(s) at my place instead of boarding... so I am prepping for that.
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post #6 of 23 Old 09-16-2014, 08:31 AM
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Before bringing my first horse home, I bought him the feed he was currently getting and also a new feed that I was going to switch him over to.

I also bought:
Salt/mineral block
Stall cleaning fork
A halter (easy to do once you know the size of the horse's head, lol)
Hoof oil
Water and feed buckets
Lunge rope
Lunge whip
Headstall and reins (no bit because I didn't know the size of his mouth)

And the rest all came after
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post #7 of 23 Old 09-16-2014, 08:31 AM
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Not buy, but line up a vet and farrier. They are sometimes hard to find and/or not taking new customers, and you don't want to be searching for one after you have the horse.

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post #8 of 23 Old 09-16-2014, 04:11 PM
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A good list!

Possibly the most important is the first aid kit, and lining up a vet and farrier.
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post #9 of 23 Old 09-16-2014, 04:28 PM
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Unless travelling a long distance, I just use normal all-sport boots for trailering.

I agree so much about the vet and farrier. Farriers in particular can be hard to find if you only have one horse on the property.
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post #10 of 23 Old 09-16-2014, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by DanisMom View Post
Every horse I've ever purchased has come with a halter.
Just wanted to chime in that I've NEVER had a halter come with the horse.

So I would not bank on the seller giving you their halter. Make sure you have one, just in case.
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