Barn hacks from Pro Equine Grooms
- If you are breaking in a new pair of riding or paddock boots, wear slightly wet socks to soften the leather and mold it to your leg and foot. You can also spray the inside of your boots with water to soften the leather
- To create hot towels in the cooler weather for stain removal and warming up the bit, use a (supervised) crock pot with water and small dish towels. You can also use an insta-hot kettle. Hot toweling is a great way to clean your fuzzy winter horse!
- When you need to crush pills and make a paste for you horse, try this instead of mixing a paste in a cup and then trying to spoon it into a syringe. Put all of the pills into your dosing syringe, then suction some water into the syringe. Shake and wait for your pills to dissolve in the syringe. No mess to clean, and all of the medication is ready to go!
- Hang a safety mirror in your horse’s stall and trailer if he gets nervous alone. This is also good for horses that are on stall rest, weave, or generally feel better when they can see another horse. If your horse is food aggressive, hang the mirror away from his hay pile.
- Use a lingerie bag to wash and dry your polo wraps. This prevents the dreaded “spaghetti” effect of untangling your polo wraps.
No more mis-matched pairs!
- Speaking of polo wraps, use a pair of scissors to cut a design into the ends of matching polo wraps. You will always be able to match up the correct pairs, even after they are rolled. You can cut a notch out, clip off one of the corners, create a zig zag, etc.
- Have a stash of diapers on hand at the barn! Size fives work well for most horses. Diapers can be great bandages for wounds, they serve as wraps for hoof poultice or packing, and can be wet and frozen for icing weird horse leg areas, like fetlocks and knees.
- Use some detangler or shine product on your horse’s clean body before clipping. This helps the clippers slide through the hair and prevents some of the hair from landing all over you!
- If you have a horse that cribs or chews his water buckets, you may be able to secure a toilet seat to the top of the bucket. The width of the seat prevents most horses from being able to grap it and crib.
- Hang a hoof pick on your horse’s stall door to pick his feet before you exit the stall! This keeps your barn aisle tidier and creates less mess to sweep later. Hoof picks are also great for installing screw eyes at horse shows!
- Invest in some shelving for horse shows. This allows you to see all of your items without digging through a trunk. Boldly labelled buckets also help you stay organized and prevent you from mixing a mash in the soapy tack cleaning bucket.
- During bath time, use your sweat scraper to remove excess suds and shampoo before you rinse. You will save water and time!