Barn Hacks – Part 5!
- Raid your kitchen for cornstarch or your bathroom for baby powder. Both powders help chrome legs stay nice and bright for the show ring! After your horse’s lower legs are dry, sprinkle them with baby powder for a blinding shine. I think this works best on legs that have been clipped.
- If you have a horse that likes to “chew” on wood or stall parts, rub a bar of strong soap (like Irish Spring) on the chewed parts to deter more damage.
- A new pair of riding or paddock boots can be broken in easily by wearing damp socks.
- Keep panty liners in your first aid kit, they are absorbent for cuts and flexible to work around horse joints.
Keep hoses out of the way!
- If you are lucky enough to have a horse vacuum at the barn for grooming, be sure to hang the nozzle and hose from a hook to keep it away from horse legs.
- Use a wheelbarrow, or anything with wheels, to move hay when you are at horse shows. I’ve even seen small tarps be used as a sled.
- You can use a simple stall chain to hang a blanket or cooler from. Handy at shows! This is also good for hanging saddle pads to air out.
- Use a brush attachment (instead of a flat head or Phillips head) to your screw gun to deep clean buckets, feeders, troughs, trailers, stall walls, you name it.
- Use some vaseline to soften chestnuts and ergots if they have reached prehistoric size.
- Turn any bulb into a socket with this handy attachment from the hardware store – great for shows!
What’s your best barn hack?
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