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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

10 Barn Hacks That You Need To Know Part 2!!

1 - D.I.Y Rug Washing! 

 Use a power washer to wash rugs! Simply hang your rug over a gate your fence and soak with the power washer.  Then use a horse shampoo so you don't irritate your horses skin and rinse.  Then just leave your rug to dry either on a sunny day or inside somewhere warm!

2 - Make Sure Your Horses Plaits Stay Put Before A Show! 

Most people plait the night before a show as waking up at 6am instead of 4am sounds a lot better.  However, doing this risks the plaits being rubbed out.  

  1. So to avoid this simply plait as usual then get a pair of tights and cut one leg off.  
  2. Lay the leg of the tights down the neck over each plait. 
  3.  Take a plaiting band and secure the tights over each plait with the band. 

3 -   I.D For Your Horse!

Colour code your horses items if you have more than one horse or you keep your horse at a livery yard.

4 D.I.Y Boredom Breaker! 

If your horse is on box rest or gets bored in the stable very easily then this should definitely help!

  1.  Get yourself a few apples, carrots and a long piece of rope
  2. Cut the core out of the apples and make a hole in each carrot
  3.  thread the rope through each hole
  4. Tie the ends of the rope in a knot and tie it to your horses stable!! 

5 - How To Wash Stable Bandages! 

Put bandages, lead ropes, headcollars and anything else small enough in a sports bag or underwear bag to wash them.  Remember to tape up the metal parts of your head collar and lead rope!

6 - Carrying Water Long Distances! 

Every Equestrian knows how difficult it can be to carry water to your horses field!

You can use a thick rubbish bag in a wheelbarrow to carry a large amount of water!  Just fill the bag up while it is in the wheelbarrow and tie it!  When you need to pour the water out into a bucket cut a small hole near the front so you can tip the wheelbarrow and the water will come out!  Or you can get this H2go Bag - the wheelbarrow water carrier! which is made to do the exact same thing!

    7 - Cleaning Metal Buckles On Your Bridle!

    Use a old tooth brush to clean the metal, hard to reach parts of your bridle!  Tooth brushes are pretty much useful for everything, cleaning automatic water troughs, cleaning mud off of your horses feet and a lot more!  So save and disinfect your old tooth brush and get cleaning! ;)

      8 - Where To Put Your Hands While Jumping? 

      If you are never sure where to put your hands while you are going over the jump then this will really help you whether you accidentally put on your horses mouth or give way to much reins. 

      1. Have a look at some pictures of other people show jumping and note how far their hands are up the horses neck. 
      2. Next, find the right stop on your horses neck and make one plait.  
      3. Every time you go over a jump you are going to place your hands at each side of the plait.  
        9 - Using Leather Head Collars!

        Their are two instances that using leather head collars are very useful!  The first is if your horse is hard to catch in the field.  When your horse is hard to catch it can be a lot better to leave a head collar on them but this can be dangerous for the horse because a normal head collar will rub the horses hair and skin and will not snap if it gets caught on something.  A leather head collar won't rub your horse and will snap if your horse gets in trouble.

        Then Second is similar, as it is to do with the leather head collar snapping when needed.  When traveling your horse in a box or trailer you should really use a leather head collar for the horses safety.  I have seen a lot of accidents with horse trailers that could of been different if the horse could escape!

        10 -   Slowing Your Horse Down!  

        If your horse has had a break in between working for what ever reason and is way to hyper to go onto the lunge line then this can help a lot!  When you have a forward going horse it can be a bit daunting to get back on after a break!  Thinking about your horse being naughty and over excited definitely makes you want to lunge them first!!  This can be fine unless your horse does the same on the lunge and gallops about bucking!  I stop Shandy doing this by pulling a lunging system on!  This works so well and I don't mind putting this on him as long as it isn't too tight!

        Obviously this also helps by building and muscle they may have lost!  I love how defined Shandy's top line looks after a few sessions with this!  This is everything on Shandy in these pictures! Kincade Lunging Training System and Shires Fleece Padded Lunge Roller


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