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post #1 of 16 Old 01-31-2015, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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What else do I need for my first horse?

Hi! so I am planning on buying my first horse with in the next few months and I need to know what else I need to buy for him/her! I have a lot of stuff already, and know some more things I will need, but I just want to make sure that I am not forgetting anything!

what I have:
- tack trunk
- 5 saddlepads
- 1 mane pulling comb
- 2 mane combs
- 1 tail comb
- 2 mane&tail brushes
- 1 hard brush
- 4 medium brushes
- 1 soft brush
- 4 face brushes
- 1 face curry
- 2 jelly currys
- 1 handmit curry
- 4 rubber currys
- 1 metal curry
- 2 sponges
- 1 hand scrubber
- 1 sweat scraper
- 1 bucket (bathing)
- 3 grooming totes (brushes, bathing, trailer)
- 1 set of polos (4 polo wraps)
- 3 bandages (just for cuts, tailwrapping, hoof damage, ect.)
- a few towels (bathing, ect.)
- 2 crops
- 3 leadropes
- 1 leadrope with chain
- loungeline
- saddle
- girth
- shampoo
- conditioner
- show sheen
- hoof oil

what I know I will need:
- halter (2)
- bridle
- blankets (heavyweight, medium, and sheet)
- first aid supplies
- 2 water buckets
- feed pan
- flyspray

what else do I need? I feel like I am forgetting a million things! also, what all should be in my first aid kit? I know I'll need guaze bandages, betadine solution, petrolium jelly, and maybe like a fungus lotion or something just incase? I'm not really sure what else should be in there though..

also, I do have a nice place to board my horse, a vet, farrier, and dentist.

I also understand that even though I do have a saddle and girth, it may not fit my horse. I am prepared to get a new one after I get my horse to make sure it fits him/her perfectly. I know too, I may need like boots or bell boots or suppliments or other extra stuff for my horse that may not be on my list.

sorry its so long! i just wanted to make sure Iwasnt forgetting anything. I'll answer any questions, just ask! Thanks(:
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post #2 of 16 Old 01-31-2015, 10:40 PM
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Sounds like you're off to a great start, you've got at least twice the stuff I have

I wouldn't buy anything else until you know how big the horse is. Unless you know you'll need to blanket you can save a ton of money skipping the blankets/sheets. It isn't a bad idea to have an emergency blanket on hand but I would get a used one somewhere. A fly mask is a must though, but wait until you know the size on that. Also you may want a lunging whip.

As for a vet kit, mine has betadine, corona ointment, veterycin spray, rags, and coban aka vet wrap. You can triage almost anything with that! I live in a big city near a ton of good feed stores though, so I can run out and buy anything I need. If you don't you may want to have more stuff on hand.

Good luck, I love shopping for horse stuff!
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post #3 of 16 Old 01-31-2015, 11:10 PM
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Hoof pick. ;)
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post #4 of 16 Old 02-01-2015, 08:56 AM Thread Starter
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Hoof pick. ;)
oppss! i forgot to put that on my list, i do have 2 hoof picks! haha
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post #5 of 16 Old 02-01-2015, 09:16 AM
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what I have:
- tack trunk
- 5 saddlepads
- 1 mane pulling comb
- 2 mane combs
- 1 tail comb
- 2 mane&tail brushes
- 1 hard brush
- 4 medium brushes
- 1 soft brush
- 4 face brushes
- 1 face curry
- 2 jelly currys
- 1 handmit curry
- 4 rubber currys
- 1 metal curry
- 2 sponges
- 1 hand scrubber
- 1 sweat scraper
- 1 bucket (bathing)
- 3 grooming totes (brushes, bathing, trailer)
- 1 set of polos (4 polo wraps)
- 3 bandages (just for cuts, tailwrapping, hoof damage, ect.)
- a few towels (bathing, ect.)
- 2 crops
- 3 leadropes
- 1 leadrope with chain
- loungeline
- saddle
- girth
- shampoo
- conditioner
- show sheen
- hoof oil

what I know I will need:
- halter (2)
- bridle
- blankets (heavyweight, medium, and sheet)
- first aid supplies
- 2 water buckets
- feed pan
- flyspray

what else do I need? I feel like I am forgetting a million things! also, what all should be in my first aid kit? I know I'll need guaze bandages, betadine solution, petrolium jelly, and maybe like a fungus lotion or something just incase? I'm not really sure what else should be in there though..
Wow that is a TON of stuff. May I ask how much riding/handling experience you have and what you plan to do with your horse? Trail riding? Showing? You have a huge list and I don't think you need ALL that stuff. I kind of narrowed it down a bit. So you won't have so much to keep after.

- Tack trunk
- Two or three saddlepads
- 1 mane pulling comb
- 1 mane combs
- 1 tail comb
- 2 mane&tail brushes
- 1 hard brush
- 2 medium brushes
- 1 soft brush
- 1 face brushes
- 1 face curry
- 2 jelly currys
- 1 handmit curry
- 1 rubber currys
- 1 metal curry
- 2 sponges
- 1 hand scrubber
- 1 sweat scraper
- 1 bucket (bathing)
- 3 grooming totes (brushes, bathing, trailer)
- 1 set of polos (4 polo wraps)
- 3 bandages (just for cuts, tailwrapping, hoof damage, ect.)
- a few towels (bathing, ect.)
- 2 crops
- 2 leadropes
- 1 leadrope with chain
- loungeline
- saddle
- girth
- shampoo
- conditioner
- show sheen
- hoof oil
- Hoof pick
- Fly mask
- Breastcollar
- Bit
- Bridle
- 2 pairs of reins
- Two halters
- Fly spray
- Blanket (optional. Most horses don't need them...unless you plan to show)

And I wouldn't go out and buy a saddle, girth, bridle, breastcollar, bit, etc. until AFTER you've boughten the horse. You may not know if the horse needs a "special" saddle or pad, or what type of bit he may need.

Don't forget to include a thermometer into your First Aid kit, and also some Wound Spray maybe.
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post #6 of 16 Old 02-01-2015, 09:36 AM
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Most of that stuff we've never had, but you do need a good pair of leather work gloves.
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post #7 of 16 Old 02-01-2015, 09:41 AM
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Depending on what your doing I agree you could take a lot off your list. I've had horses for a few years and I don't think I have half that stuff lol! I do just trail ride though. I always like to start off with the minimum and get stuff as I find I really need it too, then I'm not buying stuff I don't need and not having such a large upfront purchase.
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post #8 of 16 Old 02-01-2015, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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Wow that is a TON of stuff. May I ask how much riding/handling experience you have and what you plan to do with your horse? Trail riding? Showing? You have a huge list and I don't think you need ALL that stuff. I kind of narrowed it down a bit. So you won't have so much to keep after.

- Tack trunk
- Two or three saddlepads
- 1 mane pulling comb
- 1 mane combs
- 1 tail comb
- 2 mane&tail brushes
- 1 hard brush
- 2 medium brushes
- 1 soft brush
- 1 face brushes
- 1 face curry
- 2 jelly currys
- 1 handmit curry
- 1 rubber currys
- 1 metal curry
- 2 sponges
- 1 hand scrubber
- 1 sweat scraper
- 1 bucket (bathing)
- 3 grooming totes (brushes, bathing, trailer)
- 1 set of polos (4 polo wraps)
- 3 bandages (just for cuts, tailwrapping, hoof damage, ect.)
- a few towels (bathing, ect.)
- 2 crops
- 2 leadropes
- 1 leadrope with chain
- loungeline
- saddle
- girth
- shampoo
- conditioner
- show sheen
- hoof oil
- Hoof pick
- Fly mask
- Breastcollar
- Bit
- Bridle
- 2 pairs of reins
- Two halters
- Fly spray
- Blanket (optional. Most horses don't need them...unless you plan to show)

And I wouldn't go out and buy a saddle, girth, bridle, breastcollar, bit, etc. until AFTER you've boughten the horse. You may not know if the horse needs a "special" saddle or pad, or what type of bit he may need.

Don't forget to include a thermometer into your First Aid kit, and also some Wound Spray maybe.


I know I have a lot of stuff and really dont need all of it! haha. its kind of just everything I have aquired throughout the years. I have a few brushes I would use casually on the lesson horses when I would take lessons and another set for the horse I take care of. I also have a set that has never been used that I am saving for my horse - I can be a perfectionist at times so I just want everything brand new at first for the horse I can actually call mine lol! a lot of the extras I have in a seperate place so that I don't just have a ton of stuff piled up in my tack trunk (my tack trunk is very organized).
I know a few of the things I need yet, I have to wait to get the horse to make sure it fits him/her correctly.

I have been around horses and taking lessons for almost 5 years. I go to the barn at least four times a week to ride. I also work at the barn at least 3 times a week (stalls, bedding, turn in/out, water, feeding, and tack/untack. I also know how to recognize the signs of lameness and colic and how to treat it. I have also cleaned and took care of many bloody scratches horses recieved. I have also wormed a horses before and took there temperature. The horse I take care of is at a different barn and I see her at least 4-5 times a week. I am very experienced with naughty horses on the ground. I am working with a horse with the assistance of my trainer (hes a very good and lazy boy, just knows nothing about cantering, leads, bending, leg cues, ect.) I do hunters and plan on showing quite a bit. I will also be going on trail rides every once in awhile.
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post #9 of 16 Old 02-01-2015, 06:07 PM
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Ohhh I thought you were going out to buy ALL that stuff right now! I didn't know that was including things you already had. That makes a bit more sense lol!
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Hoof pick
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