Barn Hacks – Part 4! These drops of wisdom need no introduction.
- Use baling twine as a saw to cut through other bailing twine if you don’t have a knife handy. Hang onto each end of the V-shaped piece and quickly saw back and forth. Tah-Dah! The twine holding your bale together will pop open.
- Use a loofa glove for deep cleaning some of your horse’s tack. This is great for nubby reins that accumulate a lot of goop and the rough side of billets. Be careful if your tack is super smooth, you may scratch it. You can also use these to clean buckets and bits and anything else that needs some grip and texture.
Also good for the wash rack for dirty ponies.
- Get creative and hang a pallet on the wall. It makes an easy shelf, or you can use one to contain rakes, forks, long-handled stuff. Brooms and manure forks can be tucked out of the way and secured. This is also an easy way to store the broom bristles away from the earth so they stay stiff and long, instead of getting squashed in a corner somewhere.
- Use polo wraps as half chaps if you forget yours. Or you just can’t find your half chaps in the trunk/secondary barn storage of your car.
This beats having blisters.
- If you forget your gloves (they are out partying with your half chaps) use some vet wrap around your ring and middle fingers. Please use the most awesome color you can. Vet wrap is also great to use over your fingers if you are pulling a mane or braiding your horse.
- Save the desiccant packs from your supplements to store with your rarely used tack. This will help keep mold and mildew away. You may think it’s going to take forever to collect these tiny packs, but it doesn’t. You can also toss a few into your helmet or tack trunk for some moisture control.
So many uses for the desiccant packs that come with supplements.
- If your horse was abducted by aliens and dropped into a burr and wind knot machine, use some M-T-G to loosen and condition the hair so you can get those burrs out and the knots removed.
You can also use Shapley’s No. 1 Light Oil to remove burrs and wind knots.
- If your horse gets rubs on his fetlocks from laying down, get a thick pair of bell boots and put them on upside down for protection. You might need to find the bell boot variety that has some fuzzy stuff on the cuff so rubs don’t happen.
A bell boot upside down is a great fetlock sore prevention.
- Use horse undies, also known as jammies, to help train a mane to lay to one side. Horse undies are also good after a bath if your horse likes to roll while wet. Let him! Take them off after a good roll so he’s able to dry.
- If you get nice and sweaty under your helmet, consider wearing a bandana to help keep your hair smooth and your helmet not so….icky….for lack of a better word! This is great in the summer. Your bandana will absorb most of the sweat and your helmet can stay fresher for a longer period of time.
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