Ask the previous owner of the horse for advice on the most suitable bit as a radical change can cause problems.
Make sure the bit is in the right size for the horse’s mouth and is not too low.
Ideally, the corners of the horse’s mouth should be gently creased by the bit. www.yourstables.co.uk Registered office address: 57 Ladymead, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1DB, United Kingdom.
Registered in England No. 84638. Call to get a quote – 0800 980 3905 or visit www.petplanequine.co.uk Terms, conditions and excesses apply. Stirrups These should be the right size for your feet – too small and your feet could become stuck; too large and your feet will slip around in them.
Stirrup leathers should be suitable for your length of leg to allow for them to be shortened or lengthened as required. Girth Choose from leather, synthetic or elastic and buy two so you always have a spare.
Make sure it fits your horse by placing the saddle on his back and then measuring from half way up the girth straps, under the horse’s belly to halfway up the straps the other side. Saddle cloth/numnah Protects your horse’s back and the bottom of the saddle.
Choose good quality cotton and buy at least two to allow for regular washing. Rugs If your horse is to be turned out he will need two good quality turnout rugs – one heavyweight and another lighter one.
There is a wide range available and a good fit is very important.
Most now cover the neck as well as the body and some come with hoods which can help to keep horses clean in a muddy field.
If your horse is stabled then he will also need a stable rug and a cooler, which is made from breathable material and is useful for travelling if your horse tends to sweat up and to help him dry after washing down. Protective Boots There is a wide range of boots for various purposes on the market.
Boots on front and hind legs may help to protect.
Lucinda Green says: “There is a growing school of thought that boots can do more harm than good due to overheating of the tendon fibres and restriction of blood flow to the legs – extremities which are already ill supplied.” Stable Equipment This includes wheelbarrow, mucking out tools, grooming kit, feed and water buckets, hay net etc.
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