Congratulations! You’ve decided to buy your first horse. While owning a horse can be an enjoyable pastime and a good source of exercise, especially if you ride regularly, these animals can require a lot of extra stuff. Necessary horse supplies range from riding equipment and grooming products to adequate shelter and grazing room. While they are expensive, horses are loving companions and enjoyable pets.
Even before bringing a horse home, you should make sure you have a place to house the animal. Accommodations don’t have to be fancy, but your horse does need some place to have shelter from the wind, rain and cold weather. You also need adequate grazing space for you horse. An average is 2-4 acres of grazing space per horse. If you don’t have room on your property for a horse, don’t panic. You can often find places that board horses. These places will generally rent you a stall and use of pasture area as well as a place to store supplies. Sometimes more common horse supplies and services such as food and cleaning of stalls are provided in your boarding cost.
Now that you have a place for your horse to stay, you need some things to help take care of it properly. These needed horse supplies include grooming tools. At the minimum you will need a hard bristle brush to break up any dirt or sweat in your horse’s coat. You will also need a soft bristle brush to brush your horse’s legs where the bones lie close to the surface of the skin. You’ll also need a comb for the mane and tail, and a hoof pick to clean your horse’s feet. You may also want to purchase a plastic pail or tote to keep all your grooming supplies in.
If you plan to ride your horse, this adds to your list of needed horse supplies. For starters, you’ll need a saddle and bridle. You’ll also need a saddle pad or blanket to protect your horse’s back from being irritated by the saddle. Now that you have proper riding equipment for your horse, you need riding equipment for yourself. When riding, always wear long pants and boots to protect your feet and legs from injury. A riding helmet is also a must for safe riders. You may want to consider a set of elbow and knee guards as well.
Finally, your list of horse supplies should include food and health items. While your horse may get most of its food through a pasture, it will still need a supplemental food source in the winter. These may include hay, bagged grains or a combination of both. Your horse will also need to have regular checkups from a veterinarian to make sure it is in good health.
As you can see, there are many things your new horse will need in the way of horse supplies. While these supplies may seem costly, you will soon find your new friend is well worth the expense.