Tuesday Tips: Rainy afternoons at the barn…

We don’t know about you, but our area has gotten a lot of rain in the evenings (and on the weekends) in the past month or so, with more on the way.

We used to use these monsoons as an opportunity to clean our tack, but since we made the switch to beta biothane, tack cleaning doesn’t take much time anymore. There are, unfortunately, a number of other tasks inside that can use attention before the winter freeze sets in a few months from now. Check out this handy list:

  • Send out your blankets for cleaning and repair (now, before your repair shop gets swamped with work in fall)
  • Give fly masks a boots a good soak with a gentle soap (we use the generic dish soap from the grocery store) and rinse/air dry
  • Add more shelves in the tack room–you know you’ll use them.
  • Wipe down insides/outsides of tack trunks. Murphy’s Oil Soap is great for wooden trunks.
  • Update your equine and human first aid kits. Pitch materials that are expired or ruined.
  • Clean and disinfect brushes and towels. Brush therapy is a great cleaner, and white vinegar is a good natural disinfecting agent.
  • Sweep away cobwebs in the tack room and around the inside of the barn
  • Use a damp cloth to clean light bulbs–don’t ever spray with water.
  • Rinse box fans and allow to dry thoroughly before remounting and using
  • Check all straps for damage, especially reins and stirrup leathers (not likely a problem if you’ve picked up beta leathers)
  • Put everything back in spots where you’ll find it later, and label containers as needed

There, doesn’t that look better? 🙂

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Posted on September 2, 2014, in Helpful articles and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. livetoride-ridetolive

    So jealous of your rain!!! Give some to Texas please!!!

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