February 15, 2016
Save yourself some time with these barn hacks!
1. Make medication easier to swallow
Having a hard time getting your horse to take it’s medication? Fruits and veggies can help hide the bitter taste. Try coring out a banana and putting the pills inside (or smashing it up for powder medication), canned pumpkin or yams (the plain kind), applesauce, and pureed fruits and veggies (carrots, apples, pitted cherries, etc.). Always provide your horse with plenty of clean, fresh water. Consult your veterinarian with any questions about your horses’ diet.
2. Carry water long distances
Carrying water a long distance? Put a trash bag in a muck tub or bucket and fill it with water and tie the top (or use a zip tie) to keep it from spilling out. Tear or carefully cut the bag to let the water out, making sure not to leave any plastic remnants.
4. Quiet cross ties
Carefully cut two slits on opposite sides of a tennis ball. Slip the snap (on the side closest to the horse) through the tennis ball so that the base of the tennis ball rests near the snap. Do this for both cross ties. This helps prevent the loud noise made when cross ties are dropped and the snaps hit the wall!
5. Carry all of your tack in one trip
The Rolltack is a great way to carry your saddle, bridle, helmet, boots, and everything else from your trailer to your horse in one trip. Bonus- it doubles up as a mounting block, and can fit in the back of your car as a saddle rack (read- transport your saddle without ruining it).
3. Make water troughs sparkle
Use toilet brushes or dish brushes (the kind with a handle) and apple cider vinegar to scrub slimy water troughs. Use a pool skimmer without the long handle in the summer to remove debris in between scrubbing it. In the winter, use a hammer to break up ice and a kitty litter scoop to remove it.
5. Cool and clean clipper blades
Cool clipper blades fast by placing them on a cold metal surface, such as a cookie sheet that’s been in the freezer. You can also use an ice pack that’s covered in a wash cloth. Clean your clippers with a toothbrush or vacuum, and store blades in a plastic bag to keep moisture out.
Keep diapers on hand for many uses! Wet and freeze them to use them as icepacks, or use them as wraps for packing or poultice. Size five works well for most horses.
7. Boot trees
Pool noodles cut to the correct length are great for using in tall boots as inexpensive boot trees.
What are your favorite equestrian life hacks? Please share any of your favorite tips and tricks!