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Basic Supplies Every First-Time Horse Owner Needs

Updated on June 14, 2015

Owning a horse is just like having any other pets. You will still need some basic equine supplies or equipment to take really good care of it. And generally, it is more expensive to take care of a horse (understandably) and it will need more specialized items that you just can’t buy from any usual pet store.

There are three main categories of supplies that you need to stock up on: basics, grooming, and first aid. To give a quick idea, here is a nice infographic to guide you. But if you want some more details, read further down below.

Let us begin with the basics. Here are some of the things you need to buy for your horse to help with training it and also to make your ride more comfortable.


Of course you can ride your horse even without a saddle, but it can be very uncomfortable for you and your horse. It will also help you stay safely and securely as you go out for a ride. There are many types of saddles but the most popular ones are the English, stock, and military saddles. Consult with a professional horse trainer to find out which kind of saddle is best for your riding needs.


A bit is a type of horse tack that you will need to control your horse. It is basically connected to a bridle and reins so that when you pull on it, the horse will know which direction you would want to go. The most popular types of bits are the snaffle and curb.

Lead rope

As the name suggests, it is used to lead a horse and is usually attached to a halter. It is also used to hold or tie the horse. Lead ropes are often made of leather, nylon, cotton, or even horsehair.

A clean and fresh looking horse is always a pretty sight. To help you achieve it, here are some of the items you will need for grooming your horse.


Keep in mind that a horse’s skin can be allergic to certain shampoos so it is wise to first try it on just one part of the animal before using it completely. A tell-tale sign is if it makes the horse itchy. And just like with us humans, you should also use a conditioner to maintain a soft and tangle-free mane.

Hoof pick

If you ride your horse frequently, then its hooves will surely pick up a lot of debris like soil, sand, grass, and small stones. A hoof pick is necessary to get rid of these unwanted things between the hooves.

When riding outdoor you can expect for some accidents to happen, so it helps if you are prepared for it. Here are a couple of first aid items you will need.


A horse can occasionally get some cuts and bruises. After treating these cuts, it is advisable to wrap that portion of the skin with bandages to prevent any infection. Just be sure to remove any dirt or debris before wrapping.

Epsom salts

When given as a supplement, Epsom salts can help lessen a horse’s nervousness, wariness, and muscle tremors. It has a relaxing effect on these gentle giants. However, keep in mind that too much of it might cause diarrhoea.

It’s always good to start with the basics.

Throughout your years owning a horse, more supplies and equipment will be needed not only for you to become a better horse owner, but also to provide your equine pal with the best care possible. Get the basics right and you'll be well on your way! For more ideas, however, talk to an experienced equestrian enthusiast today.


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      Marlitt Arnouville 

      11 months ago

      Getting ready to be a first time horse owner! I appreciated​ the wisdom of the folks who posted wise advice!! thanks

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      2 years ago

      There are MANY issues with this article! Epsom salts should not be given orally to a horse unless directed by a veterinarian. Very few horses would benefit from this. More commonly the Epsom dots would be used to soak a foot and to draw out an abscess.

      Secondly a horses hooves should be picked out regularly regardless of the amount or type of riding you do.

      Third - bandages should not be used until a person has lots of practice putting them on (under the direction of a professional!) Additionally very few wounds & cuts truly need bandaging and in many cases bandaging will make it worse.

      Fourth - bathing a horse is unnecessary unless you are showing. Their skin & coat are healthier if you leave the natural oil & dirt on them!

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      2 years ago

      Yikes on the wraps! No first time owner should be let near wraps unless under direct supervision of a capable and knowledgeable individual to show how to put them on. You can cripple a horse in no time flat with bad wrapping. It's better to just not wrap than to do it wrong!

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      Stephen J Parkin 

      3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Interesting Hub idea, but I think you could expand on this quite a bit especially if you are a regular rider. The best length for a Hub is over 1250 words. I think you can find enough information to make this one really shine.


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