Basic Equipment Every First-Time Horse Owner Needs


Getting a horse is a very exciting process, especially when it’s your first, and there are so many different things to consider throughout the initial stages. One of the most important things to consider is your equipment. Ranging from essential items for your horse to the paddock, you need to figure out exactly what you need to help you keep your horse happy and healthy. Whether you have a tiny Shetland or a grand Shire horse, there are a number of key items that you’ll need to help you with daily life in the stables!

Feeding Essentials

The essential items that you need to be able to feed your horse are all the same, no matter what breed of horse you have.

  • Feed Tubs (plenty of them)
  • Water Troughs and Buckets
  • Heated Buckets (for those colder weather conditions)

Grooming Must Haves

Keeping your horse’s mane, tail and hooves in good condition is very important. By ensuring you properly maintain their coats and tails, you will keep them looking and feeling fabulous. When it comes to the hooves, you need to take extra care. It’s really important to make sure your horse is comfortable and keeping their hooves clear and maintained will help with this. Here is a selection of the top products to give your horse the proper grooming it requires.

  • Body Brush
  • Mane Comb
  • Hoof Pick
  • Fly Repellent
  • Curry Comb

Stable and Yard Equipment

It’s important to make sure your horse is living in a clean, fresh environment to keep them happy and healthy. The stables are one of the main places you need to focus on, with your horse spending lots of time in there. Be sure to keep on top of mucking out, as you want your horse to have a fresh space to rest whenever they’re not in the fields. There are a range of products that you’ll require for stable maintenance, and they apply to cleaning the yard too!

  • Stable Brush
  • Manure Fork
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Buckets
  • Pitch-Fork
  • Hosepipe

Handling and Riding Gear

In order to build a strong, warm bond with your horse you’ll need to make sure you go out on lots of hacks and spend quality time handling them. This is the perfect way for you to grow your bond, whilst giving your horse the exercise it requires. There are essential items that you will require for handling and riding your horse, and these can also vary dependant on the size and breed.

  • Lead Ropes
  • Saddle Pad
  • Blankets
  • Bridle
  • Helmet
  • Safety Stirrups

With so many different things to consider with being a first-time horse owner, it can sometimes become a little overwhelming. Once you have all of the essentials you can focus on building a lovely bond with your horse, and getting out into the fresh air doing what you do best! Browse our wide range of horse care products for everything from feeding to riding to help you get started in the best way!