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What Do I Need to Own a Horse? | A Beginner’s Guide

Buying a horse is a massive commitment and the decision to own any horse or pony should be taken with care. If you are thinking about making this commitment, please refer to our previous posts Choosing a Horse or Pony and Loaning or Sharing a Horse or Pony for some detailed advice.

If you have done your research, and you have made the decision to own a horse or pony for the first time, then you are going to need to stock up some horse riding essentials! From horse trailers to riding boots, you can start your equestrian experience with Preloved for the fraction of the cost – we have thousands of adverts in our Horse Tack and Clothing categorywhere you will find great secondhand equestrian equipment and horse riding clothing, for even greater prices.

What Outside Space Will My Horse Need?

First things first, you will need an appropriate outside area for your horse to graze and relax. Most horses and ponies enjoy being outdoors in grassed fields for most of the day. However, leaving your horse out in the field for too long can can also put your horse at risk, includingbecoming overweight or suffering from laminitis. For more information on how to care for horses whilst out they are out in the field, the Blue Cross has a detailed guide to looking after a field kept horse.

Find an outside space for your horse isn’t as big a task you might first think. First of all, you need to decide what you can afford, this will help you decide what type of livery you would like. Check out this post over at YourHorse.co.uk for a detailed guide to the different type of liveries. Horses are herd animals so enjoy the company of other horses so the opportunity to get your horse into a field with another horse is always a good idea. Here on Preloved you will find hundreds of adverts for horse livery yards, fields to rent and suitable land for sale like this DIY part of full livery available in Cheshire (left image), or this 5* livery in Halifax (right image).

What Shelter Will My Horse Need?

Finding the right shelter for your horse or pony is very important. Most liveries will come with appropriate shelter for your horse or pony but if you are simply after a stable to add to your land for your horse, we can even help you there! Here at Preloved you can find adverts for made to order stables (left image) as well as stables available secondhand (right image).

What Stable Equipment Will I Need?

Now you have shelter and outside space to turn out your horse or pony, you now need to get yourself the tools to keep up the maintenance of your horse or pony’s living areas. From pitch forks, to buckets for water and food, you can get everything you need secondhand here at Preloved in our horse tack and clothing category (click on the images to go to the adverts).

Feed buckets and hay nets – You don’t need to spend much to get good quality buckets and hay nets for your horse and there are plenty of adverts for secondhand equipment of this nature like this advert in Doncaster. If you find buckets that were not originally used for horses, just be sure to pick buckets that have not been used to store chemicals.

Pitch fork – a must have tool help you shift around clean and dirty bedding for the stable, like this secondhand pitch fork for a fiver!

Broom – to clear out all those small bits of bedding you are going to need a stable broom.

 

 

Wheelbarrow – You can pick up a secondhand garden wheelbarrow from anything from a fiver on Preloved. However if you have more then one horse, you might want to consider getting a stable wheelbarrow like this to help reduce manure trips to and from the stable and around the field.

Manure fork – manure can be picked up with a pitck fork, but you can make life a bit easier with a manure fork – the prongs are closer together and the fork in general is a bit wider.

What horse transportation do I need?

With a brand new horse trailer costing you anything between £3000-£5000, getting asecondhand horse trailer can be a great way of saving some money. When viewing a secondhand trailer, make sure you are making a good investment by checking everything is in working order, there is no rotting or rust, there is no chance of leaking on the roof and that the tyres are in good condition.

Here are a few examples of what you can find on Preloved at the moment, ranging from do up jobs at £250 (left) to nearly new, hardly used trailers for £3000 (right).

 

What Grooming Equipment Will I Need?

So, you have got everything you need to house and transport your horse or pony, now you need to start collecting items you will need to care for your horse.

Halter and lead rope – First things first, you will need a head halter and lead rope to lead your horse to where it needs to be. You can keep it simple with an adjustable rope head halter and rope, like this one for just £11.99!

 

 

Grooming Gear – To keep your horse or pony’s coat in good condition you will need to get a hoof pick, curry comb, body brush and mane comb. You can pick up a secondhand set for anything from £8 on Preloved, like this advert in Dewsbury.

 

Stable Rug – During the winter months, your horse or pony will need some extra protection from the colder elements. There are hundreds of adverts for secondhand stable rugs on Preloved, averaging at about £30 like this middleweight stable rug.

 

What is Horse Tack?

Horse tack is a collective term for everything you use to ride a horse or pony. This includes the following:

  • Saddle blanket/pad
  • Saddle
  • Girth and cinch (strap on the saddle)
  • Martingale (strap from girth to head piece)
  • Stirrups
  • Horse boots
  • Bridle (riding head collar made up of single parts and usually made of leather, including a metal bit that goes in the mouth)
  • Reins

With over 20,000 adverts in our horse tack and clothing category, your are bound to find what you are looking for at a great price secondhand, like this John Whitaker leather bridle for £55.

What Horse Riding Clothing Will I Need?

You can go all out and by every piece of riding clothing you’ll ever need, but the core essentials you will need to ride safely and comfortably are as follows.

Suitable riding boots – your boots must be heeled to give you grip in the stirrups. You don’t have to spend alot, and you can find some great deals on Preloved like these ladies riding boots for £30! Don’t wear wellies or trainers as these won’t give you enough grip.

Breeches – Jeans are not suitable for riding as they may be uncomfortable for you and your horse so wear leggings, or get yourself some breeches for anything from a fiver on Preloved.

Riding hat or helmet – This is your ultimate safety measure when riding and is a must. Pick up a good riding hat on Preloved for around £20 like this pink riding hat!

Body Protector – If you or your child is new to riding, you should also consider getting a body protector. In the event of you falling off your horse, the body proctector will be added proctection.

We hope you have found our beginner’s guide to equestrian gear helpful. If you have not yet chosen the horse or pony you would like to give a home, we have thousands of horses and ponies for sale here on Preloved waiting for a new home. If you feel you couldn’t give a horse or pony the full time attention they deserve, then why not considersharing a horse or pony through a a part loan? Whatever you decide, we hope you enjoy your new equestrian adventure!



Amy Lockley

Amy Lockley

Writer and expert

Amy is the Head of Community at Preloved. In her spare time, she loves volunteering for a rabbit charity, having crafting weekends and kite boarding in Morecombe which is always combined with a camping adventure! She is always on the hunt for a bargain whether that be at car boots, house clearances or charity shops.