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post #31 of 36 Old 07-02-2015, 07:43 PM
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Even some of the "parced down" lists here look pretty extensive to me.

I have:
for grooming:
1 curry brush
1 hard/dandy brush
1 mane/tail brush (just an old hairbrush)
1 hoof pick
... all stored in an old feed bucket

otherwise:
1 rope halter
1 lead rope
1 fly mask
1 fly spray
1 western saddle
1 western saddle pad (although I did for awhile borrow one from my coach -- it was built up and I needed it while my horse was still building muscle)
1 crop
1 bridle/bit/reins

My mare thrives on plain old alfalfa and bermuda hay.

As for emergency funds, everyone does it differently and there are so many things that can come up.

My horse cut her leg open and all that had to be done was clean it out stitch it up with localized sedation but it was over $1,000. We chose to insure my horse for medical costs (up to $6,000 I think) and you might want to look into it but there are many reasons a horse can't be insured.

A horse at my barn had cancer in his eye and it had to be removed, now he has a partially paralyzed face and they don't even know why (could be that the cancer spread, could be that the surgery to remove his eye they nicked a nerve, anything)... I can't even imagine the vet bills

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post #32 of 36 Old 07-02-2015, 07:49 PM
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post #33 of 36 Old 07-02-2015, 11:32 PM
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You should be doing this research yourself. Go to tack websites and compare prices. Add stuff to your cart and use the shopping cart to keep a running total.

The stuff is the cheap part to owning a horse.

Board is monthly. It doesn't matter if you can ride the horse or not, the board is still due. Same for the vet, farrier, and feed bill.

Start with figuring out where you are going to keep this horse. Check out boarding facilities near you and see what they charge. Around me, board is anywhere from $200-$1000 a month, and it will be different where you're at.

You will likely need to consider lessons as well if you're young. Things can go south really quickly and you need someone there to help you.

You have to look at costs near you - not what a bunch of strangers on the internet can do around them.

* I'm often reading and posting from mobile and Siri loves to make a mockery of the English language.
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post #34 of 36 Old 07-02-2015, 11:53 PM
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Ok so real fast:
PLEASE don't buy a regular mane-pulling comb for your horse!
There are ones you can get for $15 that cut the hair instead of pulling it from the roots.
I work at a rescue, and there's this one OTTB that will not let anyone touch her mane because of the pain of pulling. Believe me, your horse will thank you.

just putting it out there that if done properly mane pulling should never cause pain. pressure? yes, but pain ..no, not if you're doing it correctly. I have pulled countless horse's mane's and not once had a "pain reaction". =/
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post #35 of 36 Old 07-03-2015, 02:04 AM
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just putting it out there that if done properly mane pulling should never cause pain. pressure? yes, but pain ..no, not if you're doing it correctly. I have pulled countless horse's mane's and not once had a "pain reaction". =/
Agree. If you're causing pain then you're not doing it right. My horse loved the attention he got from mane pulling, but every horse is different. He never once showed any signs of objection.
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post #36 of 36 Old 07-03-2015, 03:35 AM
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Hahaha! How much discretionary money do you have? That's how much you will spend.
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