8 Priority Purchases For Every Equestrian - Considerations Before Buying Your First Horse

Most little children dream of having a horse, it’s a great way to get out and enjoy the outdoors and makes for a very different hobby. If your love of horses has followed you into adulthood, and you have the financial means to buy and care for a horse, there are several things that you are going to need. These things are not only necessary for your horse's health and comfort, but yours too.

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Internal Stables

When you are not riding your horse, you need to have a safe, secure and comfortable place for it to stay. If you are wanting to convert an unused barn on your land, or if you simply want to build a new space for your horses to stay, internal stables are an ideal choice.

Fencing for a Ring
Your horse is going to need exercise, even if you don't have the time to go for a ride. To be sure that your horse is getting exercise, you should build a ring for it. Most rings are made out of wood fencing that is tall enough so that your horse cannot jump over. If you horse feels the need to explore, you want to make sure that the ring will keep it confined. When you have a ring, your horse can get the exercise that it needs every day.

Padding and Blankets


In order for your horse to be comfortable, you should purchase padding and blankets. You wouldn't want to sleep on a hard floor at night, and your horse won't want to either. If you want your horse to be happy, you want it to be comfortable.

The blankets and padding can also help keep your horse warm if you live in a cold climate. When purchasing blankets, you want something that will go under the saddle when you ride. It will make your horse more comfortable and it will keep it warm when you are riding in cold weather.

Saddle and Bridle


If you are planning to ride your horse, you are going to need a saddle and a bridle. Riding bareback is very dangerous, and it should only be done by very experienced riders. The saddle gives you an actual seat to sit in when you are riding your horse. It will also give you a place to keep your feet secure so that your legs are not flying around as your horse runs.

You will also need a bridle for your horse. This is what you hook up the reins on to so that you can make your horse stop, go, and turn. Without reins, it is impossible to control your horse.

Food

One of the most important things that you need to have for your horse is food. To ensure that your horse is getting the vitamins and nutrients that it needs, you will need to purchase horse feed. Like you, your horse will want a snack once in a while. Horses love carrots, apples, and sugar cubes. It is important to never replace a regular meal with snacks. You should only use the snacks to bond with your horse or to reward them when they have been well behaved.

Grooming

To keep your horse looking and feeling good, purchase grooming products. A horse brush is very important for brushing the horse's mane and tail. These tend to get tangled, and should be brushed daily to keep their hair from becoming matted. Your horse should also be washed regularly. You should never use human shampoo on a horse. Their hair, mane, and tail require a shampoo with certain vitamins and nutrients that are not in most human shampoos.

Your Clothing

There are certain things that you should wear when riding a horse. First, you want to wear boots with a small heel, that will hold your foot in the stirrup at all times. You should wear trousers that give you room to move, and that are comfortable. It’s important to protect your head when you are riding a horse too, therefore, you’re going to need a helmet. If you fall off the horse or are thrown, your head needs to be protected.

Vet Checkup

Before you buy a horse, you want to have it checked by a veterinarian. This will ensure that you are buying a healthy horse. Also, you will need to have the vet check your horse once a year. Just like humans, horses need regular checkups to maintain their health.

There is much more to buying a horse than just simply buying the horse itself. Before you bring your horse home, you need to purchase a variety of items to keep you and your horse safe and comfortable.
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