I get a lot of question in my Ask.fm from people wanting to know what they should get when they are leasing or buying their first horse. Thankfully, guest writer Katie Stone has put together a handy list of things she learned she needed when she bought her lease horse.
First, I want to congratulate you on your first horse! I recently bought my lease of 7 months and was left with only a light turnout sheet and a few of his favorite treats. I spent the first week of owning him rushing around to different tack stores and ordering a few things from SmartPak. With needing the products ASAP, and not having a huge budget for everything, I had to quickly decide what I needed and what could wait. Note: You might need to adjust the products you buy depending on the weather where you/your horse lives. Example: You might not need heavy turnout blankets if you live in Florida
Thankfully at the end of January it was not too cold yet, so I could make do with the turnout sheet that was left for him and the stable blanket that I had previously purchased. But knowing the temperature was going to drop, I needed to keep him warm and toasty. I ordered the Rockin’ SP turnout sheet in heavy weight and a matching neck rug. My reason for choosing this brand was the cut of the blanket. My horse Furivanti (aka ‘Furi’) has a Quarter Horse build; therefore, he needed the extra room that this brand/line of blankets offered for his broad shoulders and bigger rear. This was my first priority due to the weather in the Midwest.
Within days of the purchase, he broke the only halter I had bought him while in turnout. The previous day I had purchased a breakaway halter and a few cheaper halters for “just in case.” I was lucky that I had one with me that day, but it definitely showed me that I should always have an extra one on hand. I also thought it was necessary to purchase a lead line with a chain. Furi is not the best with taking medicine/wormers, and he can be difficult to handle with the weather changes. It is just a personal preference that I have found to be very helpful.
Also within the first week of the purchase, I found a nice size cut down his leg. Although it was superficial (thank goodness) I knew I needed to wash it out with saline and use a spray on bandaid, but I didn’t have any of that yet. Thankfully my barn manager allowed me to borrow some. Later that week, I picked up saline wash, Betadine, antibacterial ointment, gauze, vet wrap (I recommend PowerFlex, it is very stretchy and they tend to stick well with/without gauze! Plus, the camo looked so cute on Furi.), and Alu Shield Aerosol Bandage. Along with these products I purchased Dr. Kellon’s Guide to First Aid for Horsesfrom my local tack store to keep in my locker for quick reference. (Editor’s Note: I have this book, and it is amazing.)
Although you might already own grooming supplies, you will probably need to add a few things. You will need a grooming tote containing brushes, a few hoofpicks, curry combs (I personally like my curry mitt because it is flexible enough to use on legs, and you can use it come bath time in the spring!), a shedding blade, and a sweat scraper. A few other things you can keep in your tote may be those little, purple horse shavers for whiskers, a bottle of thrush buster for easy access, and a rag. I also keep some Absorbine natural hoof oil on hand. I have found that the Absorbine brand works best on Furi. I own the liquid with brush applicator and the spray on. Personally I like the brush applicator better. Furi is barefoot, therefore, keeping his hooves strong is very important, and I am a supporter of anything natural.
If you don’t already know your new horse, be sure to ask his or her previous owners about any supplements or special diets he or is on. You want to make sure to keep whatever you can consistent for your horse while he or she is adjusting to his or her new home and/or new routine.
You will will most likely need a saddle, girth, bridle, bit, saddle pad/half pad, and protective boots/wraps or polos to ride your horse. This can vary depending on your discipline. With a new/first horse you want to make sure that everything you may have previously purchased and the new things you purchase fit your new horse properly. Be sure to ask your trainer or another professional if you have any questions or concerns on the fit of your riding gear. Luckily since I was leasing before I purchased Furi, I had accumulated these things throughout that time so I was prepared when I did purchase him.
These are some of the places I found these products and their prices mentioned in this article. The products you need may vary depending on your horses needs and your budget. It is important to prioritize your horses needs when on a budget. The first few months of owning your first horse will be the most expensive because you are acquiring the necessities (which is a lot), but it is also so exciting because you finally get to purchase the leather horse bracelet with his or her name. You also can customize and add your last name to blankets, halters, bridles, etc. Enjoy every second of it and remember when you had just started in lessons and already had your dream horse picked out.
- Rockin’ SP Turnout – $169.96 (Smartpak)
- Rockin’ SP Neck Rug – $74.95 (Smartpak)
- Power Flex Vet Wrap – $1.79 (Big Dee’s Tack and Vet Supply)
- Hooflex Natural – $14.95 (SmartPak)
- Dr. Kellon’s Guide to First Aid for Horses – $29.58 (Amazon)