Basic equipment for horses


To ride a horse for the first time, you will need some essential elements to be able to do it properly and, of course, enjoy the activity together with your equine friend, either riding it or just driving it. There are elements that you may already have, such as forks, wheelbarrows, and shovels used to clean up afterwards, these are the same elements that you would buy at any gardening hardware store or other cleaning job in the field, but instead there will be others more specific than You will need to buy, such as reins, horse halters, saddles and special brushes for cleaning. Remember that these elements are gradually incorporated into practice, that way, you can adapt your pony keeping it comfortable and happy. You should also have a supply of hay for several weeks and any supplement or grain with which you decide to feed your small horse. You must have fences and stables ready and the place where your equine friend will sleep. And obviously a good supply of fresh water, so that your pony is healthy.

The list that I present below is the basic equipment that you must have to be able to feed it, be able to drive it, assemble it, resolve emergencies, medical equipment and others. Stay here and take a pencil and paper.


You’ll probably decide to ride either English or western, and this will help you decide what type of tack to buy. To help with saddle fit, you should probably buy a saddle after you’ve brought your horse home, or had a chance to try any saddle you’re thinking of buying on the horse.

  • Stirrups and stirrup leathers
  • Saddle with girth or cinch
  • A saddle pad or blanket
  • Bridle and bit
  • Helmet
  • Optional: lunge line
  • Optional: tendon boots, bell boots, any other leg support or protection the horse may need

Barn and Pasture Maintenance

  • Pitchfork
  • Stable broom
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Extension cord
  • Secure, dry place to store hay/feed/tack/supplies
  • Manure Fork
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Spare lightbulbs

Handling and Grooming

  • Mane Comb
  • Cloth (an old washcloth will do)
  • Halter
  • Lead Ropes
  • Hoof Pick
  • Curry Comb
  • Body Brush
  • Fly repellent
  • Blankets for cold weather if needed
  • Sweat sheet if needed

Emergency Care

Emergency information and gear should be posted or stored in a place that is easy to find if there is an emergency.

  • List of Emergency Numbers, including veterinarian, farrier, local animal control
  • First-Aid Kit

Feeding Equipment

  • Feed pan for individual feeding
  • Feed container (preferably metal or plastic with secure lid to prevent rodents) to hold feed
  • Water trough or large buckets
  • Water heater or heated buckets if you live in an area that experiences freezing temperatures.


There are several types of harnesses, both light and heavy horse. You’ll need to learn which is the right type for the driving you wish to do.

  • Harness with bridle
  • Safe, sturdy vehicle
  • Driving Whip
  • Helmet

I recommend you make a checklist, so you can verify what items you have, and which ones you should buy immediately. Once you have verified everything, you are ready to receive and begin the training of dear pony.