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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Barn Hacks That You Need To Know!

Hey!  I am so happy with how last weeks blog went!  Thank you so much for giving it a chance!  So this week I'm going to share a few tips that I have found in the 10 + years of having horses!  Some of these are simple and might already know but some I recently found out and thought they were pretty cool so I should share them!  So lets get into it as I could talk for a year!


Anti-Crib spray - not such a problem if you have metal framed stables but if not and your horse loves to crib then it can be up to £20 per bottle for a good anti - crib spray!  I found this recipe online and it worked great for the posts in my field.

All you need is

  • Water or oil
  • Hot Sauce 
  • Cayenne pepper
I put the ingredients into a spray bottle and began shaking it like crazy!  It would of probably  work better in an old, clean hoof oil tub and applied with a brush. 

This is a quick one!  In the winter, my horses water freezing it so annoying but an easy fix!  You can put a ball in the water that should stop the water from freezing but I like to put an apple in the water instead.  It also acts as a boredom breaker and it is very much to watch your horse trying to fish it out! 

In the winter months it gets annoyingly cold (for equestrians).  Some horses love it and some hate it!  Zoe is definitely the latter!  She doesn't like her bridle being put on in the best of weather but trying to put a cold bit in her mouth just doesn't happen.  

So I take warm cloths up to the yard every day in the winter and wrap it around her bit while I groom her.  I just put a few face cloths in a bowl and pour hot water over them.  They come in handy for other things too! 


Another quick one, if your horse over-reaches or you are just taking precautions then pull on over-reach boots are a nightmare to put on! 

If you soak them in hot water it will make them more flexible and will be much easier to put on! 


Now for a few items that you can use for multiple things - 

  • Bungee ropes (put it across the stable door to stop your horse kicking it) 
  • Nappies (can be used for poultices)
  • Finished feed bags (storage, bandaging) 
  • Feed barrels ( apart from the obvious you can spread the opening of your haynet around the barrel and it will act as a haynet holder!) 
  •  Electric fencing posts (you can use these in your riding school to create a round pen for lunging or for free schooling over jumps!).  

Thank you for reading!  I'm so grateful for every single person that gives this blog a go as it is still a new thing to me and needs a little improvement! 

As always I will see you next week for a new post and if you have any ideas for future post then let me know! 



  1. the apples in the water sounds like a fun idea even in the summer!

    1. Yeah it is so fun to watch them play with the apples! thanks you reading! :)

  2. This is so useful! Thanks for posting! Would you be interested in swapping links to each other's blogs and posting it on our respective sites?

    1. Thank you for reading! What is your blog? I will have a read! :)

    2. Thank you for reading! What is your blog? I will have a read! :)