This article you will learn what equipment you will need when you own your own horse! There are so many items beyond the obvious saddle, bridle, Halter, and grooming brushes, etc, you need for a horse, that you may not have considered.
This Ultimate Checklist will include…
Bridle – A Horse bridle is a piece of equipment used to direct a horse. the “bridle” includes both the headstall that holds a bit that goes in the mouth of a horse, and the reins that are attached to the bit.
There are many different designs with many different name variations, but all use a noseband that is designed to exert pressure on sensitive areas of the animal’s face to provide direction and control.
Bit – The bit is an important item of a horse’s tack. It usually refers to the assembly of components that contacts and controls the horses mouth, and includes the shanks, rings, cheekpads and mullen, all described here below, but it also sometimes simply refers to the mullen, the piece that fits inside the horses mouth. The mullen extends across the horses mouth and rests on the bars, the region between the incisors and molars where there are no teeth. The bit is located on the horse’s head by the Bridle, and which has itself several components to allow the most comfortable adjustment of bit location and control.
The bit, bridle and reins function together to give control of the horse’s head to the rider. The bit applies pressure to the horse’s mouth, and reinforces the other control signals from the rider’s legs and weight distribution. A well schooled horse needs little pressure on the bit from a skilled rider. Studies have indicated that soft, consistent bit contact between the rider and horse causes the animal less stress than intermittent or unpredictable contact.
The two most common types of martingale, the standing and the running, are used to control the horse’s head height, and to prevent the horse from throwing its head so high that the rider gets hit in the face by the horse’s poll or upper neck. When a horse’s head gets above a desired height, the martingale places pressure on the head so that it becomes more difficult or impossible to raise it higher.
Saddle – is a piece of tack fastened to an Horse’s back by a girth it is a seat for the rider.
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Numnah/Saddle Pad – refers to pad inserted under a saddle. These are Designed to absorb sweat, cushion the saddle, and protect the horse‘s back. These are available in attractive colors.
Lunge Line- lunging will be a part of a lot of horse owners weekly routine, for this you’ll need the basics of a lunge Line Tape and Lunge whip
Halter – is used by a handler on the ground to lead or tie up an animal,
Fly Mask – It protect the horse’s head from flies.
Grooming Kit – in your grooming kit box, the basic items you’ll need are a hoof pick, mane and tail comb, body brush, curry comb, dandy brush, rubber curry, towel for polishing, sponge and a sweat scrapper
Haynets – Horses naturally feed with their head down, and it is best for their airways, so if you can feed on the floor that’s great. However, some horses will spread hay all over their bed, which can be a pain, especially on shavings, a good solution to this is a ‘Hay Bag’, which keeps hay contained but allows low level feeding.
Feeding Bowls – simple plastic or Aluminium bowls for feed are ideal. You can use standard wide buckets, or ones that hook over the door, but if you leave the feed in the stable, avoid anything with metal parts, or plastic than can shatter.
Water Buckets – nice sturdy water buckets, or rubber trugs (ideally without metal handles that the horse could get caught on) are ideal for water in the stable.
Wheelbarrow – pretty self explanatory… you’re going to need a wheelbarrow for mucking out and poo-picking.
Fork – For cleaning the poo you will need a fork with a long handle
Broom – anyone who’s spent time mucking out and sweeping a yard, will tell you, a good broom is essential!
Gloves – A pair of rubber gloves are a must they preserve your hands.
Rider Protective equipment
Okay, so we’ve covered what you need for a horse, but what about you? so you’ll need to add to your riding kit as you’ll be riding.
Helmet – Protect your head in an event of a fall.
Riding Boots – this is a personal choice as to whether you want long boots, or jodhpurs boots with chaps or gaiters.
Body Protector Vests – I recommend everyone owns one of these.
Fluorescents/Reflectives – absolutely essential if you intend to ride on the roads!
Gloves, Whip – gloves, and other items such as whips etc, if you use them.