Owning a horse is one of life’s greatest pleasures. There’s nothing like mounting one of these majestic creatures on a nice sunny day and hitting the wide open plains at full gallop. It’s definitely something that everyone should try at least once in their lives.
The thing is that horses are a huge responsibility. They require a lot of attention if they’re to remain happy and healthy. Hence, before you purchase your first horse, you have to think carefully about whether you can invest a lot of time, energy and money into their upkeep.
All horse owners need to have some basic essential equipment in order to give their horses the very best care. We think it’s best to get these before you bring your first horse home.
Horses need a large amount of food on a daily basis, especially the younger ones. Generally speaking, they consume around 1-2 kg of roughage such as pasture and hay per every 100kg of body weight. So if you’ve got a really heavy horse that weighs around 650kg, you should be prepared to feed it about 13 kilograms or more a day!
Because of this, we highly recommend that you get a food tub or at the very least, a couple of large buckets. Horses also drink 25 to 45 litres of water a day, so you’d need to get a water trough as well.
If you plan on riding your horse often, then you have to be prepared to groom it regularly. This this primarily because things like dirt, dust and debris can get stuck in their thick fur and the grooves of their hooves as well. In addition, grooming sessions are very relaxing to horses and it’ll help you make a stronger bond with them.
We recommend having at least the following basic grooming equipment with you beforehand:
- Mane Comb
- Hoof Pick
- Body Brush
- Fly repellent
- Curry Comb
- Mane Comb
- A Washcloth
A lot of riders prefer to wait until the horse arrives to get the riding gear. This is because they can take measurements and get the bits, bridles, and saddles and custom-fitted. However, you can always get these measurements taken beforehand, when you first meet up with the seller for a visual inspection.
The following riding gear is essential for beginners:
- Safety Stirrups
- A saddle blanket
- Saddle that contains either a girth or cinch
If you want your horse to always be healthy and happy, you’ll need to be strict about barn/stable upkeep. This will reduce the risk of horses.
The following basic equipment are recommended for this purpose:
- Stable broom
- Manure Fork
In addition you may want to keep premise spray if there are a lot of insects where you live.
The bottom line is that taking care of a horse is a huge job that requires a lot of time and energy. You’ll need to arrange lots of food and grooming sessions and give it plenty of exercise as well. However, having the right equipment will help you get these things done much easier.