We have put together 10 Top Timesaving Winter Yard Tips to help make life easier when you are short of time during the winter months.
- Have a tin of de-icer handy to aid the quick opening of frozen bolts and padlocks. Cover padlocks with bubble wrap to help stop them freezing.
- Put thin rugs on the top of thick ones – thin rugs are quicker to dry and are cheaper to clean and mend. Check out our range of rugs here.
- Invest in a good pair of yard gloves to help save cracked skin and chilblains as well as keeping you warm. Put a pair of latex gloves over the top to stop soaking and the need to dry. For a look at our extensive range of gloves, click here.
- If your horse is out in field and it’s dark when you get to the yard, leave a fluorescent head collar on him. Have a torch or head lamp handy and it will make it easier for you to locate him. We stock reflective head collars on our website.
- Use a dry shampoo to make your horse look cleaner with less effort. These often need little or no water for use.
- Use a coat shine product to help repel mud from legs and feather and turnout boots are a good idea also.
- Loosely plait manes and tails to save spending time combing matted hair. Checkout these grooming products that may help to save you time.
- Unscrew your hosepipe from the tap and wrap loosely, ensuring that all water is out. Store under bedding in a spare stable or cover with rugs in tack room to stop it from freezing.
- Use an empty dustbin to aid quick filling of hay nets. Place the net in the bin as you would a bin bag. Fill as many as you can at the weekend or when you have more time to save time in the week.
- Use tack wipes to do a quick once over wipe after use. Damp tack soon goes mouldy and by doing this you can keep your eye on it until you have time to do a thorough clean.
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