Taking care of a horse is a lot of work. Every single day, horse owners have a seemingly never-ending list of tasks to complete in order to ensure that their animal is happy and healthy. Feed rooms need to be organized, stables have to be cleaned, paddocks need to be maintained and the list goes on and on. Fortunately, we’re here today with a set of useful tips to make your daily horse care much simpler. Read on and hopefully, with the lessons learned below, you’ll be able to save some time while still providing the best possible care for your four-legged companion.
Leave Your Horse Outside
This might not be a viable option for every horse owner. It all depends on where you live, the climate of your region and the resources and amount of land at your disposal. However, if possible, it can save you a lot of stable-cleaning time to just have a horse that stays outdoors.
Use Baby Oil
This is a little-known trick that can help you when it comes to grooming your horse. A bit of baby oil in and around the tail of your horse will avoid any unwanted muck and mud getting stuck to the tail. This is a very effective time-saver.
Use a Long Hose to Fill Water Troughs
Carrying buckets back and forth is not only time-consuming, it can also lead to injuries. We recommend that you invest in a good quality, long hose to fill water troughs with ease.
Share the Tasks with a Friend
If you can find a friend or family member who is willing to help you, horse care can be much easier and much faster. You can even try making friends with other horse owners in your area and draw up task schedules that suit the pair of you.
Or Try Finding a Sharer
If you don’t know anyone who is willing to help out, take the time to look for a sharer. These are people who will happily ride your horse in exchange for some manual labor. They can do some cleaning and feeding, cutting down on your workload each day.
Buy Good Quality Grooming Equipment
Just like everything in life, you get what you pay for. Cheap combs and brushes will make grooming a difficult and time-consuming experience. The better equipment can be a little pricey, but it’s well worth the investment and will save you hours in the long run.
Always Have Some Spare Clothes Available
You might want to keep them in your car or near the stables, but it’s always useful to have a spare set of clothes on hand. Going from your job to the yard can often involve extra trips while you search for some dirty shirts and pants to wear. You’ll save a lot of time by simply keeping some “horse care” clothes in your car.
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