There is nothing very complicated about what you will need to get started training your horse – most of this equipment you probably already own if you have a horse. The Basic Equipment is stuff you can buy anywhere and no, I don’t have a $300 saddleblanket for you to buy… or a $100 pressure halter… sorry!!  Remember, it’s Common Sense Horsemanship 🙂

# ONE – Your BRAIN!

2.) Pair of gloves. These can be any sort of leather or work gloves that you feel comfortable wearing. You should be able to manipulate your fingers to open or close the latch on a halter. The local home improvement stores are now offering some very nice neoprene gloves for construction.

3.) Halter. Although I just use a well fitting one, I do have plans on buying the one offered by Peggy Cummings for her Connected Groundwork.

4.) Leadrope. I do prefer the Zephyr lead offered by Linda Tellington-Jones as part of her TTeam work. If your horse needs a chain to be calm, this isn’t necessarily the blog for you to read. 🙂

5.) Lunge Whip. Generally, 5 foot and 1.2 inch long with a 6 foot lash.

6.) In-Hand Whips. Although optional I actually use this whip more then the Lunge whip as I can move it around easier especially when doing in-hand work. I use one of two: a 60″ In-Hand Whip which is longer, stiff with a tassel at the end; or something like this Halter Wonder Whip with a 4 foot stick and 2 inch tassel;

7.) Dressage Whip. The Wands’ that Linda Tellington-Jones offers are good as they are very stiff. However, I have used a simple, white dressage whip which I dipped the button (end point of the handle) in black rubber (sold at your local home improvement store) to give me the black knob used in TTeam work. This homemade version was much cheaper but it is not as long or stiff as the TTeam wand (which I later bought).

8.) Lunge line. Should be long enough to make a 40 meter circle.

9.) Driving lines. Two 21 foot nylong driving lines are available from Linda Tellington-Jones TTeam store (in 7mm or 9mm widths), or Peggy Cummings Connected Store. Or if you prefer, you can buy traditional driving lines from Dover Saddlery (I have also used these for lunge lines).

10.) Surcingle. This is if you plan on doing a lot of driving exercises.

11.) Clicker. Sold for less then a dollar at your local pet supply store. You may not choose to use the clicker training option on this blog, however, give it a try if possible.

12.) Treat pouch. I like this one that attaches around my waist and opens easily w/o a zipper. However, choose one you like; a variety are now offered at your local pet store in the dog department area.

13.) Target for Clicker Training. I’ll post about how to make one yourself later.

14.) Grooming tools: hoof pick, soft brush, firm brush, water brush etc… anything that you normally use.

15.) Cones. I really like these offered by Gopher Sports (great price, colors and heights. Very durable.)

16.) Ground poles. At least 4 but 6-8 are better. Here is a post about how to make your own out of PVC – timeconsuming and a bit of an investment but very nice.

17.) Cavaletti (optional). Here is a post about Cavaletti – how to build them and the types you can buy.

18.) Platform – or some place that is raised which allows your horse to step up. This helps in trailer training and is optional depending on what you want to teach your horse.

19.) Rubber mat (optional)

20.) Bridle or a Bitless Bridle (some sort of riding headstall)

21.) Saddle pad

22.) Saddle

23.) Balance Rein, sometimes called a Cordeo. Some people recycle a leather rein, and Linda Tellington-Jones shows how to braid one out of climbing rope. For me, I like the TTeam one she offers.

As I think through all of this I may be posting other equipment you may need, so check back. And of course, what you need really depends upon what you want to train for!