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  • What are your must haves?

    I'm probably getting way ahead of myself but I digress....in looking for a half lease I've also started browsing SmartPak again(I used to stop myself because it was torture). There seems to be a lot more "stuff" out there in general. So tell me, what do you consider the things you couldn't do without, for you or your horse? I know, I know, half leasing is far from owning my own.....but it's a step in the right direction. I have the basics for me, paddock boots, saddle, helmet, chaps(full and half), Mattes pad....what am I missing? Other then that I have no horsey stuff for the horse of my own at this point so I'm open to suggestions! Thanks everyone.
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    Baby Pads
    Girth (the cheap fuzzy ones are my favorite)
    Polos
    Jumping Boots.

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    • #3
      It's really hard to say since leasing can vary.

      The horse might come with his tack or some of it (bridle, bit, girth). And since he's owned by the barn (I recall from your earlier thread), they might provide his supplies (brushes, fly spray, boots/wraps, blanket/sheet, etc...). Or use of those items could be included in your lease fee.

      That would be something to ask when you visit as well. What does the horse come with & what are you expected to provide?
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      • #4
        Giddy-Up is right. Find out what the horse comes with.

        It would suck to buy tons of stuff (fly spray, brushes, polos, ointments, baby pads, halters, the list goes on) only to find out that he has all of that stuff.

        If you want to start shopping, maybe pick some colors you like and get him polos and a matching halter or something. I know how exciting it is--I would be shopping if I were you too!
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          #5
          Thanks ladies, those are vaild points. I'll certainly ask what he comes with/what I'd be expected to bring with me/have for him. It is veryyyy exciting just to think about getting to shop again.
          "And my good dreams? They all come with a velvet muzzle and four legs. All my good dreams are about horses."--In Colt Blood

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          • #6
            hmmm...well as far as tack goes, pretty obvious. But, like others have said, if he comes with all that stuff you don't need to buy it!

            Other stuff...I love Healthy Hair Care, great to have around for grooming. I also bought some good tack cleaning stuff when I was half leasing (ledersbalsam, castille soap, Leather New, etc).

            And lastly...lots and lots of treats! My horse would shot death rays through her eyes at me if I didn't always keep her tub of black licorice well stocked

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            • #7
              This is a long list!

              My must haves:
              Leather Halter & thick cotton lead
              Two bridles
              Standing martingale
              Feiblings leather cleaner
              Lots of sponges
              ear plugs
              half chaps
              Paddock boots
              Boot socks - LOTS!!!
              schooling breeches
              spurs
              (2) girths and pads
              Helmet & Hair net (everytime I ride)
              Gloves
              Eskadron boots
              Coolers
              Fly Spray
              Cowboy Magic
              Ulcer Gard
              Bute
              Banamine, Dex & Syringes
              Hair Brush
              Pulling Comb
              Clippers
              Fly mask
              2 Winter blankets per horse
              Stud chain
              Longe Line
              Standing Wraps & Bandages
              Polos
              Ointment
              Sweatscraper
              Horse Treats

              Now for the list of things I live without due to purchase of the above:
              Social life, lattes, manicures & new shoes...

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              • #8
                Totally depends on what equipment the lease horse comes with. I wouldn't go around buying tack until you know what/if you need to provide anything (maybe a saddle pad or two, possibly open front boots). I think putting together your own grooming kit is a pretty good idea. A good curry mitt (or regular curry if your horse actually likes currying, unlike mine), good brushes, a hoofpick, hoof dressing, fly spray, mane/tail comb and detangler, horse treats, etc. I'm a little picky about the grooming tools I like, so prefer having my own.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by busylady View Post
                  My must haves:
                  Leather Halter & thick cotton lead
                  Two bridles
                  Standing martingale
                  Feiblings leather cleaner
                  Lots of sponges
                  ear plugs
                  half chaps
                  Paddock boots
                  Boot socks - LOTS!!!
                  schooling breeches
                  spurs
                  (2) girths and pads
                  Helmet & Hair net (everytime I ride)
                  Gloves
                  Eskadron boots
                  Coolers
                  Fly Spray
                  Cowboy Magic
                  Ulcer Gard
                  Bute
                  Banamine, Dex & Syringes
                  Hair Brush
                  Pulling Comb
                  Clippers
                  Fly mask
                  2 Winter blankets per horse
                  Stud chain
                  Longe Line
                  Standing Wraps & Bandages
                  Polos
                  Ointment
                  Sweatscraper
                  Horse Treats

                  Now for the list of things I live without due to purchase of the above:
                  Social life, lattes, manicures & new shoes...
                  ^ This

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                  • #10
                    GLOVES! I never used to ride in them and almost never had a problem... but when I took some time off and came back to riding, my hands got destroyed. Instead of sticking it out and dealing with the blisters, I decided to just suck it up and get some schooling gloves. So, now I always ride in a pair of crochet gloves. And I must say, it's really nice not having blisters or fingers wrapped in band-aids!
                    If the pony spits venom in your face or produces a loud roar, it is probably not a pony. Find another. -The Oatmeal

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                    • #11
                      Since it was a buy, not a lease, I did have to go get stuff.

                      Must-haves:

                      Rubber curry
                      Metal shedding curry (I don't clip his winter coat off)
                      Stiff brush
                      Soft brush
                      Hoof pick with brush
                      Fly spray
                      Roll-on fly spray for face
                      Leather halter
                      Lead with chain shank
                      Lead without shank
                      Lunge line (finally had to buy one of these)
                      Shampoo of some appropriate type
                      Betadine
                      Scraper
                      Towels

                      Saddle
                      Pads
                      Girth
                      Bridle
                      Bit

                      Helmet
                      Boots of some sort
                      At least two pairs of breeches or jeans
                      Sunscreen

                      (I have also acquired/already owned side reins, several spare/wrong bits, a surcingle for lunging with side reins, and I currently have a whole box of Finish Line products I got in a silent auction like joint fluid and digestive aids. Also electrolites, wound ointment, breathing aids (which I may use as he's been known to cough) and calming paste, which I may not, as usually if he gets any calmer he'd be asleep.)
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                      • #12
                        boots/polos. saddle pad(s). girth. saddle. bridle. brushes.

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                        • #13
                          Well I will vent just a tad and say my "must have" is a SOUND HORSE! Okay thanks... now on to the fun stuff...

                          hair nets (so you look neat with your helmet on)

                          Helmet like a GPA or CO (so you look serious. I have a thing for helmets; not only an apperance thing, but a safety thing) This is where you need to splurge!

                          Black gloves (a good pair that work well)

                          Polo shirts (you can go to Target or a discount store and get soft colors with a taylored fit to make you look sharp)

                          If you cannot afford decent tall boots, a nice paddock boot with fitted half chaps.

                          Breeches (tan) there are some nice fitting ones depending on your build for under $70.00 that look nice with a polo tucked in. I like the lower rise with the big belt loops... (Grand Prix, Tuff riders, and Equine Couture are reasonable and fashionable)

                          A few nice belts. You can go to a discount store and find some nice ones. I think if you are at decent sized barn this is one item you can get "a little" fancy with... some sparkle.

                          I see you have a few of these things already

                          Now the horse;

                          White square pads

                          Black, navy, or green polo wraps

                          (yeah kind of dull but the beauty of the horse is the most important part so use a soft brush and make him shine)!!!

                          Oh and I love Vetrolin shine for the tails....

                          And if you are just having an issue of money burining a hole in your pocket - I am also a diva when it comes to bridles and REINS.... a really nice bridle of soft buttery leather is a MUST. And a matching standing martingale

                          Congrats and HAVE FUN!
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                          Swim in the sea.
                          Drink the wild air.

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                            #14
                            Thanks ladies, keep the suggestions coming! I'm going to assume he comes with his own tack (bridle/bit/etc) but will absolutely consider buying my own girth, polos and grooming kit as I too like to have my own brushes. All things I'll find out on Friday when I get to go visit!!
                            "And my good dreams? They all come with a velvet muzzle and four legs. All my good dreams are about horses."--In Colt Blood

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                            • #15
                              Congrats! I remember having to get some new stuff for my lease horse last year!

                              Here's my list of everyday necessities, (not show stuff)...
                              For Me:
                              -gloves, spurs, crop
                              -boots, breeches, polo shirt, helmet

                              For Horsey:
                              -grooming kit, (scissors, hard/soft brushes, metal mane pulling comb, gel curry comb, mane/tail brush, hoof pick with brush)
                              -bathing stuff, (sweat scraper, sponges, shampoo, conditioner, show sheen)
                              -square and baby pads
                              -half pad
                              -open fronts and polo wraps
                              -bridle, saddle, leather girth
                              -tack cleaner and sponges
                              -ear net

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                              • #16
                                A must for me is several pairs of great coolmax tall socks. SmartPak has them, but so do a lot of other online vendors. I keep a few thicker pairs around for winter when I ride early and it is cold (as cold as it gets in So-Cal!).

                                Same with gloves - 1 regular leather pair (I like the treadsteps because the cuffs are flat and fit under my shirt cuffs better) and 1 summer/cool pair.

                                I think everything else has been covered!
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                                • #17
                                  Grooming supplies! Even if the barn supplies them, it's always nice to have your own brushes, scissors, Show Sheen, fly spray, etc. Barn supplied brushes are never the same Also, it's always nice to have your own little first aid kit. I keep triple antibiotic, wonder dust, sunscreen, bandaids, and advil in mine. Among the other stuff I've accumulated (gauze, vetwrap, duct tape, epsom salts, etc).

                                  For myself, it's been so hot that I went to Marshall's and stocked up on hot weather riding gear: wicking t-shirts and comfy sports bras for summer. The sports bras are amazing, they feel like I'm wearing nothing they are so cool. Definitely a must.

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                                  • #18
                                    Oh! I almost forgot- tastefully monogrammed baby pads. I get mine from SmartPak and get the white with either a gray or tan monogram, so it doesn't stand out too much, but looks very nice. This helps especially in a boarding barn where sometimes things get misplaced. I monogram everything...polos, pads, etc. It really helps avoid that awkward conversation when one of the barn kids picks a pad to use and you have to be like "um, I think you are using my pad". If it's got your initials on it, it's way easier to bring it up.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by NeedsAdvil View Post
                                      Oh! I almost forgot- tastefully monogrammed baby pads. I get mine from SmartPak and get the white with either a gray or tan monogram, so it doesn't stand out too much, but looks very nice. This helps especially in a boarding barn where sometimes things get misplaced. I monogram everything...polos, pads, etc. It really helps avoid that awkward conversation when one of the barn kids picks a pad to use and you have to be like "um, I think you are using my pad". If it's got your initials on it, it's way easier to bring it up.
                                      Good idea! AND a good reminder when at a public type situation - sharpie to put your name on your grooming stuff and underside of pads and maybe order some bridle tags with your last name or halter tags etc so your things don't grow legs!
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                                      Swim in the sea.
                                      Drink the wild air.

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                                      • #20
                                        Tack cleaning supplies. If you're using your own tack, you'll want to keep it nice, and if you're using someone else's, you should be keeping it in top shape. I like to keep a cleaning spray like Belvoir or Leather New to wipe down the bridle, girth, and breastplate daily, then regular glycerine saddle soap for weekly saddle cleanings and a high-quality leather conditioner.

                                        I didn't catch if the horse belongs to the barn or to a client, but bringing your own saddle pads and boots/wraps is always appreciated so the owner isn't stuck doing extra laundry or cleaning. If he doesn't have his own brushes, those are a good thing to get (spend the extra couple bucks and get natural bristle instead of synthetic, it really does make a difference!) with a good rubber curry and solid hoofpick. Fly spray, shampoo and detangler are good as well.

                                        For you: clean well-fitting breeches, tidy boots, and a well-fitting helmet. You really can't go wrong with a polo and belt, but once you're there you'll be able to assess what the atmosphere is and inquire about the dress code. If it is your preference, some schooling gloves (I like crochet gloves for summer) and a crop.

                                        ETA: It's always good to check in with the owner before you buy things for your lease horse in case they have preferences. I leased a horse once that was allergic to neoprene (what a pain to find affordable schooling boots) and another that reacted to most shampoos, conditioners and detanglers. In the same vein, check in before using the owner's gear- some people don't care, and others prefer that you use your own.

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