For your horse

Basic equipment for horses

Did you buy a horse? First of all, congratulations! Buying your own horse is a big step and there are many details involved in purchasing it. If your horse does not yet have basic equipment from the possible previous owner, then you have to purchase a few things.

Protection for horse & saddle

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The original reason for the saddle pad was to protect the saddle from dirt and sweat. A good saddle pad catches sweat and transports it away. Today, however, the saddle pad is also a fashion statement, which is combined with color-coordinated bandages or gaiters and fly ears.

To all saddle pads

Of course, it can also be a saddle pad. But actually, almost exclusively saddle pads are bought. The difference is in the shape. While the saddle pad follows the shape of the saddle and is hardly visible under the saddle, the saddle pad looks a little more impressive. In addition, saddle pads are available in all possible colors and designs.

  • Saddle pads are available in sizes dressage, VS, Cob and bangs
  • VS belongs to the jumping saddle or the all-purpose saddle
  • COB or VB is intended for thoroughbreds or more delicate horses
  • White saddle pads are used in dressage competitions

With bit or bitless

Bridles

Regardless of whether you want to ride with a bit or bitless, the bridle is part of the basic equipment. The previous owner can either tell you which bridle is suitable for your horse, or you can observe your horse's reactions. As a rule, most horses run well with an English or Swedish combined bridle.

To all snaffles

Appropriate size is particularly important

bits

Basically, you can ride the "ordinary riding horse" with a single or double broken snaffle. It can of course happen that you have chosen a specialist who does not like this bit at all. Ask the previous owner or your riding instructor which bit he recommends. The vet can also take a trained look into the horse's mouth and help you make your choice.

More info: Basics on the subject of bits and how to do that Measure the right size.

To all teeth

Safely guided

Halters & Lead Ropes

At least one halter with a rope is necessary to lead your horse. It is better if you have a spare one in case your horse loses the halter in the pasture.

All halters

Halters are available in leather, nylon and faux fur. There are also halters for different uses, although you can actually use any halter for anything. But the individual types offer some advantages:

Willow halter: mostly made of tear-resistant nylon and rather simple, inexpensive, sometimes with predetermined breaking point or Velcro, which prevents hanging

Foal halter: in very small sizes with many adjustment options

Stable halter / transport halter: often with lambskin, faux fur, with glitter or made of leather, the halter "for good" or for transport

Knot halter: for ground work, enables fine communication with the horse, NOT SUITABLE FOR TIE-DOWN!

Are blankets really needed?

Horse blankets

Sweat rugs, rain and winter rugs, as well as fly rugs are a much discussed topic in the equestrian world. Do you really need them? That depends on the condition and sensitivity of your horse.

A sweat blanket and a rain cover are definitely recommended.

All horse blankets

The Sweat blanket is always part of the basic equipment for horses.

  • helps your horse to sweat and dry faster
  • useful also on rainy days and when towing a trailer

Willow and rain blankets

  • for horses that do not cope well with cold or wet days or are clipped
  • for older horses that quickly catch cold on their backs
  • The general comfort temperature of healthy, unshorn horses is between 5 and 15 °C
  • If the horse cannot move much (e.g. in the box), it is advisable to cover

Fly blankets

  • in summer to early autumn
  • Protection against annoying flies, horseflies, biting insects and mosquitoes
  • for horses that react to insect bites or are eczema sufferers

Indispensable for small quirks

Stall pharmacy

Wherever great forces are at work, scrapes and scratches sometimes occur. Horses are not that squeamish about the ranking. As a result, you may need to treat small wounds.

You should always have the following with you: wound ointment, disinfectant spray, silver spray, bandages and cooling gel, as well as a thermometer.

By the way: if you want to learn more about the stable pharmacy and PAT values, have a look at our article Stable pharmacy - first aid for horses .

To the stable pharmacy

Everything in the box

cleaning equipment

Of course, you can't ride your horse if it's dirty. Grooming is also a way of strengthening the bond with your horse. In addition, you also have the opportunity to do so while cleaning eventual scratches or other injuries.

To cleaning supplies

What equipment is included?

  • Grooming box or grooming bag to store the brushes
  • Plastic or rubber curls
  • Brush to smooth the coat and remove dirt
  • Root brush for removing coarse dirt from legs or hooves

  • Tail and mane brush for detangling
  • Hoof pick for removing dirt and stones
  • Hoof brush for care products such as hoof oil or balm

Of course, these are only the absolutely necessary cleaning items. Sponges, wash mitts, sweat scrapers and wet baby wipes, as well as a small pair of scissors can also be found in most cleaning boxes.

For horse and equipment

Care products

The necessary care products include hoof oil or balm, insect repellent spray and detergent for the tail and coat.

You should also always have leather cleaner and leather care products on hand to ensure that your equipment lasts a long time.

All toiletries

Other helpful products

leg protection

  • You should put boots and fetlock boots on showjumping horses so that the horse's legs are protected from hitting, grazing and stepping on them
  • Bandages for dressage horses that overstep very far or rub during lateral movements
  • Bell boots protect the coronary band and prevent iron from slipping off

For leg protection

Equipment for lunging

  • Lunge, lunge girth and auxiliary reins
  • for controlled movement of the horse from the ground
  • Lunge whip if necessary

To the lunging accessories

girths

  • Choose shape and length to suit the horse
  • should be a hand's breadth behind the front leg

All girths