Horse owner checklist

Before you bring your equine home, there are a few essentials you need to consider when it comes to caring for your horse. 

Thinking of buying a horse or pony? Congratulations!

Here are some things you’ll want to consider before you head straight to the tack shop to stock up on equipment in your excitement.

What to do before collecting your horse

Find appropriate space for your horse

Before getting a horse, you will need to find an appropriate outside area for your equine to be able to graze and relax. They also need constant access to a dry, safe, comfortable shelter that will help protect them from rain, wind and snow while providing much-needed shade from the sun.

Register with a vet

Just like you’re registered with your GP, you’ll need to find a veterinary practice for your horse to provide them with their regular vaccinations, routine dental work and worming treatment.

Doing this before you bring your horse home will help give you peace of mind if they were to get hurt or become ill soon after you get them.

Find a farrier

Your horse will require regular farrier care every six to eight weeks for routine hoof trimming or shoeing. The cost will depend upon what type of trimming and shoes the horse requires while older horses may require special or corrective shoeing.

Think about horse insurance

Here at Animal Friends, protecting animals is in our DNA, and we know how expensive vet fees can be, especially without insurance in place. Owning a horse is a large financial commitment, especially if they fall ill or get injured.

With an Animal Friends policy, you can select from a variety of cover levels with optional bolt-on policy benefits so you can build the perfect plan for your horse.

Buy what you need

Once you’ve decided on buying a horse, you’ll need to prepare for their arrival and buy the necessary essentials so you can properly care for your horse.

Here are some things that your list could include:

  • Halter (headcollar) and lead-rope
  • Equine first aid kit
  • Tack
    • Saddle
    • Saddle-pad
    • Bridle and reins
  • Riding helmet
  • Feed
  • Rugs (depending on the time of year)
  • Feed bucket
  • Feed storage
  • Water bucket
  • Grooming equipment
  • Feed and hay

Buying your first horse? We’ve got you covered.

Get a quote with us today to see what policies you might find to suit your horse’s needs and your budget.