Im getting a horse and need to know what to get!

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  • lindner_avery Original Poster
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    Lead Rope:
    Splint boots:
    Hind Boots:
    Hoof Polish:
    Hard Body:
    Soft Face:
    Medium Legs:
    Hoof Pick:
    Cleaning Oil:
    Curry Hard:
    Curry Soft:
    Braiding Bands:
    Show Sheen:
    Fly Spray:
    Turnout Sheet:
    Grooming Stone:
    Sweat Scraper:
    Absorbent Towel:
    Saddle Pad

    These are the things i have so far… anything I’m missing? just want to make sure I’m not leaving anything out!

    Mapale Mapale
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    You’ll need rudimentary medications for emergencies and minor injuries. Thrush buster (or something similar)
    Vetericyn (or some other topical antiseptic)
    Topical wound protectant (I use an aloe product)

    And for more serious emergencies, ask your vet for “bute” paste, and banamine. Banamine is administered immediately if your vet suspects colic and bute is used for injuries. Both are pain relievers. Don’t administer them unless and until instructed by your vet, but by having them on hand, you’ll get relief to your horse quickly if it takes time to get the vet out.

    I also keep on hand imeprazole (Ulcerguard) for when administering bute as it protects the stomach.

    Ask your vet to help design a deworming program and be religious about it, but don’t buy the dewormer too far in advance as they lose strength over time. He/she should also help you put together a first aid kit with bandages including some topical meds such as butadiene.

    Although you don’t like to think your horse can get injuries, the fact is you’ll probably battle thrush sometime, a knick here and there or a bug bite. You may sometime have a hot-nail in a shoe, or have a reaction to a flu shot. It’s merciful to your horse to be prepared!

    You’ll need a detangler and a wide toothed comb. (I use Cowboy Magic)

    For your tack you’ll need a good leather cleaner. I use Black Rock Leather ‘N Rich. This restores and protects the leather.

    Congratulations on your new horse. I’m delighted for you!

    Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...

    lindner_avery Original Poster
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    Sorry I also forgot to mention… the barn where i will be boarding at will take care of any deworming, cuts, illness, ect.

    TBeventer TBeventer
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    Mapale did bring up some great points.

    I’m not sure you need a lot of the grooming stuff you are talking about. I recommend getting a basic grooming kit like Oster’s kits. If you find later down the road you need other things than you can add to your groom kit.

    TBeventer TBeventer
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    Also, what are you putting all your stuff in? Do you have a tack locker or will you need a tack box? If you are at a competitive hunter/jumper barn be wise about buying one of their tack trunks with the barn name and colors on it. I think the safest thing to do is buy a nice wooden trunk that is plain.

    rlueders rlueders
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    I know you said your barn will be taking care of cuts/scrapes/etc., but it is still a good idea to have your own first aid kit! My barn takes care of most things as well; however, I have gone out to the barn a few times and found my horse has a cut and the owner of the barn isn’t able to get out to help right away. My first aid kit has saved my butt quite a few times! Even if it’s just SWAT or something antibiotic to put on a minor cut, it’s definitely something I always have on hand. First aid kits are also super handy at horse shows, or where ever, if you plan to ever leave your barn. My horse has gotten banged up at a horseshow before, and your barn will likely not be able to help you if you’re off the premise.

    Don’t ever rely on your barn/barn owner to help your injured horse. In the end, it’s your responsibility. There are plenty of cheap first aid kits for horses you can keep with you.

    Here are a few things I also keep with me at all times on the barn that people don’t always think of:
    -Baby wipes (great for cleaning a foamy, dirty bit)
    -Polos (I know you have splint boots, but polos are invaluable!)
    -Shipping boots (if you plan on showing/shipping often)
    -Small water bucket (when I have my horse out for riding on hot summer days, I always like to give her a chance to drink during breaks and usually keep it near the cross-ties. It doubles nicely as a soap bucket when I’m giving her a bath)
    -Banixx or something similar (great for rainrot, scratches, or the ever elusive “mystery bumps”)
    -Bell boots (especially if your horse will be a shoe wearer)
    -Lunge line
    -Vaseline (for softening and removing chestnuts)
    -Girth extender (my horse gets fatter, ahem, more muscular, in summer, so, I always have one incase she puts on too much muscle/fluff)
    -Wither relief pad (as needed)
    -Back-up saddle pads (they get manky fast)
    -Flashlight (I’ve had power outages at my barn before!)
    -Sunscreen (For myself and my poor mare’s pink nose, which burns in summer)
    -Aspirin (for you, if needed)
    -Quarter sheet (great if you live in a place with long, brutal winters like me)

    Anyways, most of the stuff I suggested isn’t a necessity, but I’ve found it to make my life easier and more enjoyable when out at the barn. Your first few weeks, I’d keep a notepad and some pens with you so you can make notes of things you want to get. When I’m at the barn, I seem to always be saying “Gosh, if only I had ___!” Then, I totally forget to buy it until next time at the barn and have the same problem!

    Be wary, it’s super easy to get carried away when horse shopping. Be careful, or you’ll end up like me– with more tack/supplies than you know what to do with, and no money. (:

    Good luck with your first horse! How fun!!

    TBeventer TBeventer
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    I love the idea of a custom first aid kit! Thanks for the post above!

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    Two things that I cannot live without: a jelly scrubber and a grooming stone.

    The jelly scrubber works better than a curry comb for most everyday messes (and it’s softer, so most horses prefer it).

    The grooming stone works better than a shedding blade, period. (I used to be the only person at the barn with one … Then people saw me using it. Now pretty much everyone has one!)

    Have extra fly spray on hand. You will go through it quickly during the summer! I also like to have an extra halter and lead rope on hand, just in case.

    Also, keep liniment on hand. A good rubdown with liniment after a ride is great for horse AND rider.

    Save your money and never buy horse shampoo/conditioner. Use the cheapest human shampoo you’ll find. Besides, spray your horse down frequently (after a ride in the heat) and you shouldn’t have to bathe very often anyway.

    Most of all: enjoy your new horse!!!

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    a fly mask would be a good idea i still need one for my horse

    Life is not about waiting for the clouds to pass, its about learning to ride in the rain

    Nebula Equine
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    Do you ride english or western?
    A couple things to think about is what the horse you are getting is use to. Something as simple as switching cinch materials could cause issue weather bucking or skin infections in some horses.
    If its a snaffle bit horse with a dog bone or something similar there may be a reason, if a horse a flatter roof of the mouth a regular snaffle or a high port on a sank bit can cause pain, and create behavior issues.
    I would not buy anything for your horse with out trying it on him/her first.
    But I’d say the things you can buy and can customize to you are lunge line
    Spurs (if needed)
    crop (if needed)
    saddle pad (if horse doesn’t need anything special for its comfort)
    Grooming supplies like
    curry comb (I love grooma groom)
    sweat scrapper
    hair brush
    soft brissle brush
    stiff brissle brush
    hoof pick
    Fly spray
    Groom tote or box

    Talk to the horses pervious owner about what he/she uses and get help fitting a saddle that leaved an even sweat pattern.

    Good luck and have fun

    NinaJD NinaJD
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    First aide kit is a must.
    diapers, baby wipes, duct tape, epsom salts, betadine, vetericyn, swat, a thermometer, hoof picks, measuring tape(weight/height), neosporin, bandaids, bute…litements.

    other things we have, extra halters and leads, plenty of fly spray. Detangler(I use cowboy magic), fly masks…brushes.(I just bought a kit and added what I wanted).

    then all your tack. I got a bridle bag(all that dust) and a saddle pad bag, along with a saddle cover. Make sure you get a good quality leather cleaner. I use meguiars and lexol(you can find both cheaper at an automotive store and it’s the same thing as in tack stores).

    Most stuff you get as you learn and/or need. It’s amazing how much stuff you collect even with just 1 horse haha.
    good luck and congrats.

    "Take the time it takes, so that it takes less time."
    "Expect a lot, accept a little, reward often."
    Pat Parelli

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Sometimes it is better to wait on some things until you are sure you really need them. I did not see a mane comb on your list, so would suggest that.

    It is never the horse's fault

    Nyrider31 Nyrider31
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    where are you from? if your in a state that has cold/harsh winters…I would get a winter blanket for your horse. for the summer a fly sheet. for the fall/spring weather…maybe a light weight rain sheet.

    don’t forget horse treats!!!

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    You seem right on with your list! But remember depending on the horse you buy and his/her needs now and in the future alot more can add up on that list! Anything from a supplement to a thick sheepskin pad for extra back support while riding.

    Remember, once you buy your horse to make sure the saddle and bridle fit him/her (you can find articles and videos online about this topic)

    And one last tip, remember to be gentle with your new horse if he seems to be naughty or starts acting up don’t scold or use a whip. Try to find the reason for this behavior and if it’s caused by pain from tack that doesn’t fit or a tummy ache.

    Joan Fry
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    Technically bute is an anti-inflammatory, but it’s commonly used as a pain killer. I even knew a groom who used to take some in place of aspirin. Not smart! Instead of a mane comb I’d buy an old-fashioned hairbrush for humans that has nylon bristles. (Walmart carries them.) I’d also buy some Show Sheen. Makes de-tangling your horse’s mane and tail a breeze. Yes to Alicjal’s “last tip”–always give your horse the benefit of the doubt. If he misbehaves, it’s usually because he doesn’t understand what you want, or because he thinks it will hurt if he does what you want.

    Oops, you already have Show Sheen on your list. You will definitely need more than one towel–old washcloths and face towels are good–and I’d suggest waiting until you actually get a horse before you buy spurs or a crop. If you find afterwards that you need them, you can buy the specific kind you need. Good luck!

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