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Saturday, 18 August 2018

How to Prepare Your Horse Stables for the Winter



Making sure that your horse stables are well-maintained is incredibly important. After all, if you don’t
keep them well-maintained then your horses will suffer and you will end up with a serious problem on
your hands. When winter comes along, maintenance is even more important, so here are some top
tips to get you started.
Two Month Supplies
You have to make sure that you have a two-month supply of food, bedding, hay and grit. You need it
to last you for the full winter, because if there is no grass available then you will go through the hay
that you have twice as fast. For this reason, it’s so important that you are able to prepare in advance
because if your farm gets snowed in then you may not be able to get out for more hay even if you
wanted to. Having some bunded oil tanks will also help to keep the farm warm as well.


Water Pipes


If you have water pipes and if they didn’t thaw last winter then consider insulating them now. This will
save you a lot of time and even more stress, and it doesn’t take much effort either. You can buy this
from DIY stores or you can even use an old duvet cover. When you do this, all you have to do is make
sure that you are wrapping up your pipes properly and that you are getting as many of them as you
can. If you know that a cold spell is coming then also make sure that you have enough water to last
you all day and all night. Any stable buckets need to be insulated with straw or you could even put a
football in the water. This will stop the water from freezing overnight.


Stable Insulation
If your stables are very thin or if they are not very warm at all then it may be worth you getting them
insulated. When you are able to insulate your stables in advance, you will soon find that this can save
you a lot of time and you may even find that it can protect your horse as well. Insulating your stables
doesn’t take a lot of work and if the winter hits harder than what you first thought then this can save
you a lot of effort. It also helps to make sure that you use a smaller stable for your horse in the winter
as this means that less maintenance will need to be done in order to keep everything in order.

So looking after your horse in winter may be hard work and this is especially the case if you have a
particularly hard winter. If you prepare in advance, however, you can easily put the work in to try and
stop many disasters from happening in the first place. A little preparation can go a long way and this
is especially the case if you are on a long track that can easily get snowed in for days on end.

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