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post #11 of 23 Old 09-16-2014, 05:36 PM
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I've never sold a horse with a halter either. I'm kind of a rope halter snob and it's pretty much all I own. I am picky on the thickness of the nope, the knots, the oveall shape etc. My rope halters aren't the cheapies you find at tractor supply and i'm not giving them away. Those ******s go on all of the horses I train and I don't want to constantly be ordering new ones.

OP, even if you don't use rope halters, get a cheap on to use when you first purchase your horse. Then while you're shopping for a nylon or leather one that fits, you DO have something that will work in the mean time.
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post #12 of 23 Old 09-16-2014, 05:45 PM
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I'm going to second what Rebelwithacause said - Get a trailer!
It doesn't have to be fancy, as long as it's safe.
Stock trailer, horse trailer, even a utility trailer with stock racks will get a horse to the vet in a pinch.
I wouldn't rely on being able to borrow one in an emergency.
(That's a bit of a "pet peeve" of mine - people with lots of horses and no trailer and no desire to get one. That just doesn't make sense to me. It stresses me out too much when our trailer is just down for maintenance.)


My experience has been about 50/50 on horses coming with their halter.
One came with halter and lead rope - that was nice :)

Getting connected with a good hay supplier is something you can do in advance, that way you know where your future hay will be coming from.

Finding the best feed store would be good too. We have at least 5 within reasonable driving distance.
Check prices, product availability, see if the staff is friendly and knowledgeable, see if they can special order if they don't carry the brand you want, etc.
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post #13 of 23 Old 09-19-2014, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies everyone,

On the day we are hiring a trailer and later on we can get our own. My horse doesn't need to travel much as I don't do comps, I would only need it for emergencies, beach trips and other trips.
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post #14 of 23 Old 09-21-2014, 01:53 PM
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I don't think that anything is really necessary if you haven't even chosen the horse.

If you don't board, then you'll need hay/straw/a horse-safe fence.

You can buy a grooming set if that makes you happy.

I highly doubt that when you'll choose a horse, you'll be already there with the trailer, ready to bring him home. There will be some time from the moment you say "I want this one" to when you'll have him home. In this time you can buy the necessary stuff; you'll know the horse's size, his color (maybe you would want green tack on a bay, but you prefer blue on a grey), and if he needs something in particular.
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post #15 of 23 Old 09-21-2014, 03:31 PM
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I agree with Cielo: buy stuff after you get the horse. What you get with the horse obviously depends on the seller, the lady who sold me Cim actually surprised me with a new halter and lead rope (I ended up changing the halter anyways but it was fine for trailering and I keep it a back up). If you don't have a grooming kit right away and the horse goes a few days without grooming its not the end of the world.

Actually Cim was with the seller for a couple weeks before we brought her home, it was a long story but the seller only had one other horse and needed to bring down her friends gelding as a companion. Also, she hauled her to my barn for me (win, win b/c she wanted to see where I'd be keeping her) -- it was less than an hour away. (While she was at the seller's I borrowed all her tack)

Saddle obviously depends on the horse. I had to borrow a saddle for like a month after I bought Cim but my BO was happy to lend me one of her lesson saddles.

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post #16 of 23 Old 09-23-2014, 04:45 PM
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If it's cold and the horse need a blanket, buy one when you have decided on the horse and the deal is fixed. I would pick up the horse on a day when the stores are open(I live in a country where the stores are cloed on sundays, and other holidays), and stop and get what ever I tought I needed.
I would have:
- emergency kit
- hay
- halter - lead - don't excepct anything to come with the horse.
- bucket
- grooming kit
- salt
- feed
- other things you have collected through out youre life with horses. We all have some bagage right? ;)
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post #17 of 23 Old 09-26-2014, 03:10 AM
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you can pick up a fairly cheap rope halter, they pretty much fit all horses, unless pony size, make sure you know how to tie the halter on, around the eye , not on top of the eye of the halter, if they pull back, it is so hard to get off if tied wrong. i see nothing wrong with buying some brushes, hoof pick is important. And of course have hay, the same kind as the horse has been eating, and also what you want to feed on hand and make feed changes slowly. Agree with have a farrier in mind as well as equine vet, in case of emergency , you are not hunting one down, Mostly have fun with your new baby, do you have one picked out already?
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post #18 of 23 Old 10-01-2014, 07:54 PM
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You'll have a lot more to buy and prepare if you're bringing the horse home than if you're boarding him somewhere.

If you're boarding with full care then there's not a whole lot you need to buy ahead of time. Halter and lead (my horse came with one, but it was clearly the seller's oldest, rattiest halter and barely fit) and grooming kit are the minimum. If the barn you're boarding at doesn't feed the same thing as the horse is already eating (and it's likely that they won't!) you can buy a bag of the old feed so they can transition him on to whatever feed the barn feeds. Most everything else I would wait to buy until you have the horse.

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post #19 of 23 Old 10-02-2014, 09:49 AM
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I did things backwards. I had been looking for the right horse for 3 yrs, finally found one. Bought her, then thought to myself, I don't have anything for her. lol


I already had a place lined up for those of looking to keep a horse, feed was already there. No worries on that. Bought a halter, and lead rope the week before getting her, which was a good thing because her previous owner wouldn't have had one to give me. Bought a brand new trailer on the way up to get her. After getting her home I bought medical supplies. Tack, brushes, hoof picks, other odds and ends in the following weeks. I bought 2-3 of each things to have on hand in the trailer, and at the barn.

You have a lot of good advice from others here, wish I would have thought of all the things I needed to get beforehand. It all worked out and it will for you too if you don't have all of what you need.
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post #20 of 23 Old 10-02-2014, 01:55 PM
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I did things backwards. I had been looking for the right horse for 3 yrs, finally found one. Bought her, then thought to myself, I don't have anything for her. lol


I already had a place lined up for those of looking to keep a horse, feed was already there. No worries on that. Bought a halter, and lead rope the week before getting her, which was a good thing because her previous owner wouldn't have had one to give me. Bought a brand new trailer on the way up to get her. After getting her home I bought medical supplies. Tack, brushes, hoof picks, other odds and ends in the following weeks. I bought 2-3 of each things to have on hand in the trailer, and at the barn.

You have a lot of good advice from others here, wish I would have thought of all the things I needed to get beforehand. It all worked out and it will for you too if you don't have all of what you need.
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