Horse Supplies Essentials

Horse supplies are essential to keeping your horse healthy and happy

Horses need certain things to be healthy and happy. Here’s a list of essential horse supplies you’ll need for your first horse. From the tack that keeps them secure and comfortable to grooming.


One of the essential horse supplies is a saddle. It should fit your horse and be comfortable for both the horse and rider. The seat portion of the saddle should be wide enough to distribute pressure evenly across its surface. But not so vast that it rubs or chafes against your horse’s back.

The tree of a saddle is what holds all these lovely bits together. It’s shaped like an upside-down “T” with two branches—one for each stirrup—that extend down from where they connect on top to form part of the seat part of the saddle. 

Many saddles have trees made of wood; others have plastic ones molded into shape by heat or pressure. Both types can be solid and durable structures that hold up under regular use over time (with essential maintenance). 

The type you choose depends on what feels best to you while riding and how much money you have in your wallet at any given time!


The horse harness, commonly referred to as the headgear, is the equipment riders use to control their horses. The word “bride” comes from the Old English word “bryd,” which means “bridle.” Essentially, it keeps your horse from running wild and free.

The bridle consists of several parts:

  • The headstall is a strap at the top of the bridle that goes around the horse’s head, usually made from leather or synthetic materials. This strap connects to reigns with buckles on each side where you can adjust their length for comfort and convenience depending on how far away you want your hands from your body when riding (you will need this adjustment often).
  • A bit is positioned between a horse’s teeth so it can use them while being ridden by its owner(s). This part helps guide directionality while encouraging good behavior, such as staying still when told not to move too much (e.g., while grazing). Bits come in different sizes but most commonly come in two styles: 

Curb bits help strengthen the musculature around jaw muscles while also providing more leverage over directionality and snaffle bits.

Both kinds are used today, but snaffle bits were first introduced because they’re easier for riders unfamiliar with controlling horses during travel through unknown territory without having any experience beforehand!


Tack is a term that refers to horseback riding equipment. It includes the following:

  • Saddle. The saddle is a padded seat you sit on while riding your horse. It’s also referred to as a “girth” – a strap that holds it in place over your horse’s back.
  • Bridle and bit. These are two distinct parts of tack used for control during training or competition (such as racing). A harness is made up of pieces, including straps called browbands, headstall, reins, and noseband, whereas bits contain one piece called a shank which fits into your horse’s mouth by way of its upper jaw teeth (incisors).

Halter and lead rope

Halters and lead ropes are used to lead horses and tie them up. They are different. Lead ropes can be made of leather, nylon, or cotton. Halters can also be made of these materials but have a strap that goes over a horse’s nose. 

These accessories prevent it from getting tangled or hurting its nose if it bumps into stuff while being led around by someone on foot!

Grooming supplies

There are so many different horse supplies, so it could be hard to know what you need and don’t. The most important thing to remember is that the horse should be your guide. If something doesn’t seem right or feel right when you’re working with it, stop using it immediately. If a brush leaves your horse’s coat feeling rough or tangled after brushing, then put down the brush and try something else! Here are some essentials:

  • Brushes: You’ll want several types of brushes on hand—a body brush (for general use), mane and tail brushes (for cleaning up their appearance), and a hoof pick for getting into those tight spaces where dirt tends to hide.
  • Combs/Brushes: Whether in a wire-bristled comb or rubber-cased brush form, these are useful for detangling manes and tails and removing tangles from other areas like fetlocks (lower legs). A shed blade can also come in handy during shedding season if you’re dealing with thick hair mats.* Conditioner: Use conditioner on dry coats to keep them soft but don’t add anything wetter than water unless specifically instructed by your vet/trainer/farrier who knows his stuff inside out!

Hoof care tools

Everyone knows they need a hoof pick, but not everyone realizes the other tools of the trade. For example, a hoof rasp is essential for smoothing out rough spots on your horse’s hooves.

A hoof knife is another essential tool that you should have in your tack room. It is used to trim and shape your horse’s nails and can be used as an alternative to clippers if you don’t have any handy. 

You may also want to consider purchasing an all-in-one kit that includes both the pick and rasp and a knife. That way you don’t have to worry about being short of any tool when caring for your steed’s feet!

Horse supplements and feed

As you know, the horse’s diet is essential to keep them healthy and strong. A balanced diet contains various types of feed, including hay, a grass-like food that horses eat regularly, and grain, which is often used for exercise and as an occasional treat.

Hay racks are large containers that store hay bales outdoors to prevent them from getting damp. They’re usually made from wood or metal but can also be made from plastic if desired. Hay racks are often placed near shelters so horses can eat their meals out of the rain at all times (this keeps mold from growing on their food).

Horse supplies to keep your animal happy

Horse supplies are needed for them to be healthy and happy. You must provide them with food, water, and shelter. If you don’t do this, your horse will not be able to live a long life!

It would help if you also groomed your horse regularly, so they look good at all times. If they are dirty or have messy hair, then people won’t want to ride them in races or shows because they will think that your horse is ugly.

Finally, you must exercise your horse every day so that their muscles stay strong and healthy so that when someone rides them on a trail ride through the mountains where there aren’t any roads available for cars. 


Horse supplies and a lot of work are required, but if you’re going to be in the horse business, then you will need these things. The good news is that your horse will be healthy for years to come with proper mental and physical care!