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Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a First Horse

Contributed by Equuvation Inc.


Buying a first horse can be a very exciting time! But, it can also be a lifelong commitment. Avoid these mistakes!

Buying a first horse can be a very exciting time! But, it can also be a lifelong commitment. Avoid these mistakes!

Buying a horse or pony for the first time is an exciting experience. It’s easy to get carried away by a big set of brown eyes, even though the horse batting them may not be the best beginner horse. However, the wrong horse can ruin the fun of having one and may be unsafe. Learn to avoid the top mistakes that new horse buyers make.

With white/grey horse ownership comes lots of time in the wash bay, so much that our farm could be sponsored by Quick Silver. After trying various washing options, the one we’ve come to rely on is a rotation of Dawn Dish Soap (generic brands work great too), Quick Silver Shampoo and a LOT of elbow grease.

The Trifecta of our cleaning program!

The Trifecta of our cleaning program!

‘Aleta’ events throughout the year so keeping her clean is a top priority. We don’t have hot water at our barn either so it’s always a bit of ‘taking your life into your own hands’ situation during the winter bathing season! Luckily now it’s summer and she tends to enjoy bath time a tad more.

A must have in any home with a white/grey horse.

A must have in any home with a white/grey horse.

During nice, warm weather, we try to bathe ‘Aleta’ at least 1 time a week to keep red clay and grass staining to a minimum. She’s a wizard at giving herself a green forelock.

We start to focus on problem areas about a week out from an event with Dawn baths to start getting rid of the stains that seem to always cover a grey horse. Her tail gets done about 1-2 times a week regardless of show season.

The week of an event she will get 2 baths with Dawn and we add Quick Silver to the routine for her mane, tail and legs. Finally, if we have time before the first class, we will bathe her the morning of the event. If not, we bathe her the night before.

For the last bath before showtime, we use Dawn and Quick Silver together, diluting the Dawn in a bucket of water. We squirt the Quick Silver directly into our hands for her mane, tail and legs as well as any problem areas.

We usually end up with a sparkling clean, though highly annoyed, girl!

If it’s blanket season, she’s wrapped up for the night with a neck attachment and blanket. But during summer, we opt for a light fly sheet or something that will cover the bulk of her body to avoid manure stains overnight.

We often feel like crazy people always cleaning her stall at events, but anything to avoid another bath, right?

Contributed by Around the Water Trough