11 horse care hacks to help you through winter
To make things easier for you and your horse we have 11 horse care hacks to help you through winter:
- Invest in a good set of waterproofs – whether riding or mucking out staying dry makes all the difference.
- Keep your feet, hands, head and neck warm as these are where you lose most heat.
- Buy a cheap set of DIY overalls to help keep you clean and dry if you are doing stable chores before work – you can slip them on over your work-wear to save precious minutes.
- Keep a spare set of clothes at the yard in case you are inadvertently soaked and need a quick change.
- Draw up a weekly schooling and hacking schedule to help you make the most of the limited time you have.
- If you ride in the mornings groom your horse the night before to save time and use a detangler for manes and tails to help stop mud sticking.
- Warm your horse up and cool him down properly; long hours in the stable may make your horse stiff and the colder weather means muscles take longer to get going properly.
- Only use warm water to wash your horse after a ride –would you like an ice cold shower after exercise?
- Poo pick on frosty mornings as it’s far easier to collect the poo when it’s firm and frosted over and it’s easier to wheel the barrow too.
- Wipe mud and grease off your saddle and bridle with a little warm water each time you use it and then give it a proper clean at the weekend when you have more time.
- If you don’t have hot water on tap at your yard take a thermos of hot water every day – you can use it to heat up water for washing off your horse and your tack and to make yourself a cup of coffee too.
Be prepared to clear the challenge of encysted small redworms and “Time it Right” this autumn/winter.
- ECEIM Consensus
- Matthews (2008) Equine Veterinary Education, p 552-560