Buying a horse for the first time is a big deal, and if you’re considering it, be aware that there are a few more items you will need than for your typical pet such as a dog or cat. Especially if you’re planning to ride the horse, you’ll need specific gear to accommodate riding. Here is a quick guide to get you started.
Tack & Saddle
This category is what most people think of when considering horse accessories. In order to ride a horse, you’ll need a saddle blanket to prevent saddle chafing (never put a saddle directly on a horse) the saddle itself, stirrups if they do not come with the saddle, and a bridle with a bit and reins. English- and Western-style saddles are the most popular.
Stall & Transportation
You’ll need a place to keep your horse, whether on your property or in a rented stall at a horse stable. You can easily build a stall if you have enough space, but you should consider the horse’s grazing and exercise needs before you make this decision. Horses require a lot of space! If you plan to transport the animal, you’ll need a horse trailer. Depending on your horse’s size (and whether you have more than one) you may need to look at larger goose-neck trailers or smaller bumper pull trailers Florida.
Health and Wellness
Horses take a lot of time and care. They are social animals that live in herds in the wild, so you will need to provide your horse with company, either your own or that of other horses. They are also prone to medical problems other animals don’t have, such as saddle sores and hoof problems. It’s best to have a great veterinarian handy who specializes in horses, in order to keep your horse healthy and well at all times.
This is not an exhaustive list. Do your research and make quality purchases, so that you can enjoy your new friend to the fullest!