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I'm compiling a list of things I need to get for my horse for tack and grooming.
Would anyone like to help me out?

I'm going to be starting right from nothing, and I don't want to buy a bunch of stuff I won't use, so I'm hoping you can help me list what items are necessary to get me started.

I've got a list of grooming tools made up , but what about saddle pads/blankets etc?

Can you recommend types or brands that are reasonably priced and for every day riding, just trail and normal farm stuff. I'm not showing or anything at this time, its just for pleasure, so they don't have to be show quality.
I just need stuff! LOL
 

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dont know much about western tack but for grooming
you defo. need these things:

body brush
hoof pick(s)
rubber, plastic and metal curry combs
dandy/ flick brush
^they are needed
others-
sweat scraper
stable rubber
hoof oil

if you dont know what any of these things are just say!
 

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Desitin is the one thing I always keep on hand.

I would get a few diff types of pads. I prefer matching tack.

I get buy on purchasing very little extra stuff. I forget what I have and I am a horder, so if I dont let myself buy im fine. My biggest purchases were my horses and my trailer.
 

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I don't know much about western tack either, but my best suggestion is to WAIT until you have your horse for new tack! I ended up reselling most of what I had after I got my new guy because of fit/need issues specific to him. Don't forget to budget for things like blankets, coolers, halters, polos/boots, etc...
 

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First aid kit. And fly spray. Sometimes horses will get really mad when flies bother them. So spray them with fly spray whenever you wanna work them and the flies are bad. Concentrate is cheaper. Repel-X works well for me. Read the directions and it will say how much concentrate to add to water. Any old (properly sized) spray bottle works.
 

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As far as tack goes, definitely wait until you have good measurements to buy, as luvmyperch said. Also, buy the best quality tack that your budget will allow. It's cheaper in the long run to pay a little more now and have good quality tack that can last decades with proper care than to replace cheap junk tack every couple of years.

That being said, a synthetic saddle may be a good option for you, especially if you don't plan on showing much. My sister has a Wintec western saddle, and I have and Abetta cordura saddle. Both have served us well for years now, and are about the best bang for buck out there for a recreational western saddle, IMHO. The cordura is cake to maintain, too. Hose, scrub (I scrub mine with horse shampoo and a dandy brush), and dry in the sun for an afternoon and you're good to go! :wink:

If you're set on leather tack, the only leather western saddle I've ever owned is a Circle Y brand Eq saddle. It's a really nice saddle, and fairly comfy for an older show saddle (given to me as a gift when I did more western shows, bought used). I don't know what the prices run on that brand now.

I personally like these kind of pads: Western Wool Felt Saddle Pad w/Wear Leathers Kind of plain, I know (I think they look like pressed dryer lint, lol), but can be easily dressed up with a navajo blanket, etc., without adding too much bulk and overpadding. They mold nicely to the contours of the horse's back, with none of the stiffness I see in a lot of the (affordable) blanket-top "fleece" lined pads. My horse seems to sweat more under a synthetic fiber pad than with the wool.

Bridles are pretty much whatever you like as far as style goes. I personally like barrel or roper reins, though. Less to deal with than split reins, and less risk of dropping one, in my experience. Then, that might be the English rider in me wanting reins that connect :lol:.

I keep 2 blankets handy, one quilted mid-weight stable blanket for winter emergencies, and one light canvas sheet for overnight before shows. If you know how to wrap, polos may be a good idea. If you're uncomfortable wrapping, splint boots or bootleg (pun semi-intended) SMBs may be a good investment.

Have fun tack shopping! :D
 

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Great suggestions Scoutrider, that's what I'm looking for, as my head is spinning with all the different brands of things. I was thinking of a synthetic saddle, so I'm happy you think it's a good idea, too.

I want to start picking up the things I can, that don't need sizings, then once I get my baby, do the fittings and get the rest.

I haven't bought anything yet, so I can start by getting my grooming tools etc.
So, if anyone has any tools they are especially fond of, don't hesitate to mention them.
 

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Thanks! Yea, the painting is HUGE! It's my favorite :)
I thought it was a statue when I saw it from the other end of the museum. I love it because it's got the exact same markings as my first horse.
 

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I have lots of spray bottles around here, so that will help.
I have to assemble the first aid kit too. So much to do! LOL

First aid kit. And fly spray. Sometimes horses will get really mad when flies bother them. So spray them with fly spray whenever you wanna work them and the flies are bad. Concentrate is cheaper. Repel-X works well for me. Read the directions and it will say how much concentrate to add to water. Any old (properly sized) spray bottle works.
 

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I personally like these kind of pads: Western Wool Felt Saddle Pad w/Wear Leathers Kind of plain, I know (I think they look like pressed dryer lint, lol), but can be easily dressed up with a navajo blanket, etc., without adding too much bulk and overpadding. They mold nicely to the contours of the horse's back, with none of the stiffness I see in a lot of the (affordable) blanket-top "fleece" lined pads.
I agree with Scoutrider. I like the thinner wool felt pads and you can change colors or dress it up by adding solid or pattern blanket. the thinner pads make it easier to feel your horse's movements and aren't so bulky. If the pad gets dirty, just throw it over a fence and hose it off.
Other items you may need:
*Wash bucket with mild shampoo (you can use Johnson's baby shampoo), leave in conditioner (I use "Love that Tail" or Garnier Fructise), wash mitt and/or large sponge, and a sweat scraper.
*First aid supplies: Antibiotic cream, iodine, vet wrap, scissors, gauze, etc.
*Fly spray
*Repair kit for your tack: If you trail ride, put together a little trail kit with extra Chicago screws / small screwdriver and a leather string in case any of your equipment breaks on the trail.
* Extra halter and lead rope
***Horse treats - gotta have em !!!
 

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I like the idea of not having a bunch of bulk too. I'd like to weave my own saddle blanket. I'm supposed to be getting a loom one of these days.

And horse treats, yeah! LOL
 

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Off topic, but I have the poaster framed in my room. I think hes a russian arabian?
Hehe I have a poster of it in my room too, from when ihis work was shown at a museum in Baltimore :)
I don't know what kind of horse he is... so I googled it. Wikipedia says Arabian Thoroughbred? His grandsire is the Godolphin Arabian, his dam was a Byerly Turk descendent. Pretty interesting.. he was born in 1749!

Sorry for taking this thread off-topic. Again :wink:
 

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Got most of that on my list except the stable rubber. What is that?
can be an old dish cloth or towl, use it to polish after grooming for a show or wiping away dirt from eyes etc, a few cloths in your grooming kit come in handy! at the moment i have mine under water buckets to stop them from freezing to the floor!
you can but sheepskin gloves that have the same pupose.


Off topic, but I have the poaster framed in my room. I think hes a russian arabian?
yeah i think he is :)
 
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