Horse ownership is time consuming. We spend more time taking care of our horses than actually riding. Horses need to be cared for every day – all year – whether we ride or not. Feeding, mucking, cleaning, tacking up and riding all take time so we need time-saving tools to make the most of our barn time.
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Barn Time – Getting Things From Here to There
Mucking, transporting, cleaning, feeding – all these activities are made easier with a versatile transport device. You need a tool to help you get necessary items from here to there. Little Giant Mulit-purpose Muck Bucket Cart is easy to push which saves your back. It can adjust to different uses, stores away easily and can be brought with you on adventures. This useful cart will become your best barn tool. Use it for mucking stalls, transporting feed bags or tack, carrying out the trash, etc., and you can even take it with you on your travels!
Barn Time – Feeding
Take fewer steps during feeding time by pre-planning rations. Set out all the horses’ feed rations ahead of time in order of how you feed – last horse to first horse. Place rations in a feed cart in your feeding order with the last horse’s ration on the bottom. Now you’ll just wheel the cart down the aisle and quickly feed each horse without going back and forth to the feed storage area.
Barn Time – Mucking Out Stalls
Mucking out a stall with a fork with missing tines takes twice the time, as the “horse apples” fall through and have to be picked up again. You need a manure fork that won’t lose its tines. Get several manure forks with replaceable heads and place them where manure happens – near stalls, near the grooming area, in the barn aisle, in the horse trailer, and on the path to the arena – so you don’t have to take extra time looking for a manure fork.
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Barn Time – Have Horse Boots and Accessories Available at Home and on the Go
Horse boots, wraps and accessories are used at home and on the road. So many parts and pieces can easily get left behind, lost in the trailer tack room or fall out of your arms as you transfer them from barn tack room to trailer tack room. Keep all your leg accessories and other items in one convenient bag which easily travels with you. You’ll always know where the boots, wraps and accessories are when you have one storage bag to keep them in. This bag features mesh front and bottom to allow air to circulate and ventilate your gear while permitting dirt to fall right through.
Barn Time – Go directly from Grooming/Bathing to Picking out a Tail
Go from grooming and de-shedding to hand picking out (detangle and brush by hand) a tail with Hands-On Grooming Gloves. Skip the bucket and shampoo step when bathing simply by squirting a bit of shampoo onto the glove then applying directly that to your horse’s coat and tail. This step is especially helpful with light colored horses and tails.
Barn Time – Cleaning Tack
Yes, taking care of your tack is important, but it’s also time consuming. Getting out the sponge, soap and oil every time you ride probably isn’t in your daily schedule. Yet, you’ve invested money in your tack and you know it’s important to take the time to keep equipment clean and in good repair. You can save time and keep tack clean with pre-moistened tack cleaning wipes. Just have these on hand and get into the habit of quickly wiping your tack after a ride and dusting off your boots and chaps. You’ll be saving time and keeping your tack up. However, don’t forsake doing a good cleaning on a regular basis. Using these wipes simply cuts your daily tack cleaning time.
Barn Time – Grooming Short Cut
Does your horse have a long mane or tail that takes time to brush out or develops knots? Cut down on your grooming time with Clear Choice Mane Tail Coat Detangler Soft Shine Spray . This useful product not only takes out mane and tail knots, spraying it on your horse’s coat prevents coat staining making removal of dirt and mud easier. These tricks speed up your grooming time. Your horse will be sleek and shiny in no time.
So make the most of your Barn Time with time-saving tools. You’ll have more time to ride, which is probably why we have horses in the first place!
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