Being a first-time horse owner for many horse enthusiasts is like being a first-time parent. The new “parent” wants to go out and buy everything they feel that the horse may need. Often this ends up with the purchase of a lot of horse products that really aren’t necessary.
There are a lot of expenses that come with owning a horse as well as responsibilities. Learning how to save time and money will help make being a horse owner all the more pleasurable.
Start with the basics
Think about what you are going to need for the immediate use for the horse. The horse feeding products are going to be a priority. What you are going to need for this are:
a feeding trough;
a bucket to carry the water perhaps to fill the water trough.
Items to keep the horse’s living quarters clean will also be part of the basics needed. These will include:
equipment for mucking out the stall, such as a pitchfork and a manure fork;
a wheelbarrow for removing the waste from the stall and transporting it to a disposal area;
a broom for sweeping out the stall and the stable area.
Even if you have no intention of grooming your horse, you will need at least the basic grooming equipment which should include:
a curry comb, especially important when the horse is shedding his winter coat;
a body brush comes in handy for removing surface debris;
a large cloth can be used to wet to remove the salt stains that may appear have a good ride;
a mane and tail comb goes a long way in helping to de-tangle these areas or remove debris like grass and burrs that can accumulate from a trail ride;
a hoof pick is a must as you will have to clean the horses hoofs regularly to keep their feet in good shape and to avoid problems.
These are just some of the important basics. Of course, you are going to need a good supply of feed such as hay and grain. Don’t forget you will also need at least a basic emergency kit geared for horse care.
Then there will be additional items you need for handling the horse, as well as horse products that are considered to be both horse and rider products.
You need to find a good equine supplier that is going to provide you with all the necessary horse products.