Horses are complex animals to keep as pets. They require a lot of care in ways that may not always be apparent. After many years of accumulating knowledge from research and experience, it would have been handy to have a list of what to keep in your kit when owning a horse.

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    Plan to write an answer to this.
    – user6796
    Commented Mar 8, 2019 at 13:11

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A horse owner should have some different kits that cover up. I will mention not only those things which a horse owner renting at a barn with many other people will own, but also those, which the stable owner will find useful. During my work at stables we needed most of them and I wouldn't want to miss any of it somewhere in the stable. The list might be incomplete.

  • horse pass
  • Knife
  • Scissor
  • Halters
  • Ropes
  • Hoofpick
  • Brushes, soft, hard, ...
  • scrunchies
  • some stuff of whatever kind to protect against flies and other insects
  • buckets (at least two or three, one for water, one for medical stuff, one for cleaning, ..)
  • sponges. i'd recomment at least 2 for the horse (genitals <> head), 1 for medical stuff (replace after use), 1 for cleaning
  • hay net
  • nippers (in the case of horse shoes), all kinds of tools in general that might be needed to free a horse from whatever your stable is built of
  • Diapers (they make excellent hoof-bandages)
  • First-Aid-stuff for both human and horse
  • zinc ointment (at least i'd recommend some)
  • milking grease
  • Emergency phone numbers and addresses (!)
  • Disinfectant stuff like Iod, but also other variations that allow sewing lateron (medicine-lexicon at hand is always a nice thing)
  • Rugs. At least one, better two so you can change them
  • Towels (the normal cloth ones, but also steril ones)
  • thermometer with rope (!)
  • gloves. all sorts of. warm ones, handy ones for work, medical ones, shoulderlong ones for breeders, ...
  • maybe drugs like Vetranquil (if you are experienced enough to know how to deal with that and cannot rely on having a vet there fast enough on emergencies)
  • transport-related stuff in case of emergency
  • material and tools needed for repairing stuff, especially for fences.
  • spare colostrum and foal milk in case you are breeding. mare could die or not able to give milk for another reason. in this case, a lot of towels, and iod.
  • sad to mention, but in case you live far away from medical treatment, some gun might come in useful sometimes, you do not want to wait for a horse to bleed out when it tore off a hoof and vet cannot come in time for whatever reason :-/


Depending on the stable many things can be shared, but it is important to have access to all this in case of emergency.

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    I would add an old bra, it could make a good bandage in case of eye injury... Commented May 24, 2019 at 6:57

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