Hi guys, today I’m going to talk a bit about the basic horse equipment and supplies needed for caring and using your horse. It’s all good having a horse or a few horses, but there are pieces of equipment that, in my opinion, you absolutely need, and some that can be acquired by choice.
In this post, I will go through and explain the items on my checklist of must haves when owning a horse.
Feeding bucket – I use these when I bring my horse in his stall mostly. They are easily hung up andare perfect for feeding grain and water in the stalls. They are not limited to the stall, you can take them with you in your arena, your paddock, in your round pen, I always have a few on hand when traveling with my horse as well.
Water trough or large water bucket – I opted for an automatic water trough because at one point in my life I was caring for 11 horses, which made things way easier for me. I only had to clean the 1 trough every day and it filled itself. But it isn’t necessary to go that route, a regular water trough does just fine, just make sure to check it twice a day to make sure that the horse’s have sufficient water.
Water heater or heated bucket – my automatic water trough was a heated one so I didn’t worry too much about the water freezing in below freezing temperature, but having a water heater in your trough and heated buckets for the winter is a must.
Feed scoops – I have one for each type of feed (that is a preference) I suggest having a couple in case they break. I’ve seen people use ice cream containers, and that’s totally fine too, considering they are properly cleaned.
haynet – horse’s naturally graze with their head down so feeding hay on the floor makes sense, except some horses make a mess of their hay, spread it throughout their stalls and it can lead to a lot of wasted hay.
Barn and Pasture
Pitch Fork – Common people a barn isn’t a barn without a pitch fork. Even if the proper use for it is to “pitch” hay or straw.
Manure Fork – The name says it all. And you will most definitely be friends with this tool.
Wheel barrow – I have multiple wheel barrows at my barn, with each of them having specific uses. One for manure, one for carrying a bunch of equipment, one for carrying a hay or stray. You never want to use your manure wheel barrow for anything but manure.
Stable broom – The key to having a clean barn
Premises spray – If insects are a problem, just make sure when choosing a spray that it is not toxic for your horses
Step stool – I have multiple of these in my barn, specially because I am not very tall and when it comes to grooming my horse, I barely reach their backs.
Handling and Grooming
Halter – chances are when you purchased your horse, he came with a halter but in my multiple years as a horse owner, I have learned that have multiple halters is the way to go. They break them, they lose them, they go missing from the tack room all of a sudden.
Lead Ropes – They are the same as halters, you can never have too many and they also come in different lengths depending on what you prefer. I’ve always used a 8ft lead but that is a personal preference.
Grooming kit – This should include but is not limited to a hoof pick, a curry comb, a hard brush, a soft brush, a mane and tail comb.
Wash kit – Metal sweat scraper/ curry comb, Micro fiber wash mit, Magnetic massager/ curry comb, Thick super sponge, horse shampoo, mane and tail shampoo
Fly Repellent – A good fly repellent is all horse owners best friend.
Saddle with girth or cinch – Of course this depends on which style of riding you will do. Some have both western and english.
Saddle pad or blanket – I suggest having at least two of these. If you ride frequently, you will always want one as a spare for when the other one is getting clean.
Bridle and bit – If you are unsure of what bridle and bit to get for your horse, you should seek advice from your local horse trainer or even your local equine vet. There are multiple types of both bridle and bit and you want to have a bit that is comfortable for your horse or it can cause major issues
Helmet – It is never recommended riding without a helmet, even if you have 40 years experience under your belt.
Boots with 1 inch heals – You never want your foot to slide out of your stirrups. It can be very dangerous. And 1 inch is just enough to stop your foot from sliding out but not enough for your foot to get stuck in the stirrup.
A list of emergency numbers – This should include personal contact information, emergency 911
number, vet and farrier phone numbers and the number of someone to
contact if you are unavailable
Two First Aid kit – One for yourself and one for your horse.
It is only the beginning
Horse equipment and supplies is a list that is never ending. You can buy one item a day and will never run out of things to purchase. I hope this list has make things a little easier for you to figure out what is necessary, and of course there is always something to add. If you have items you would like to add to my list, please feel free to let us know which ones and how you use them in the comments below.
Happy Horse Care