6 random tips for around the barn

You don’t have to learn the hard way all the time. These tips might save you a few bucks, too. And I bet a lot of you know them already! I’ve learned them over the years, and some of them I wish I had known sooner.

1. When washing horsey laundry, stick with fragrance- and dye-free detergent, and skip the bleach, fabric softener, and dryer sheets. Some horses have bad reactions to that stuff.
2. Hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle treats thrush really, really well.
3. Gold Bond powder (original, not medicated) is handy to have in the summer for minimizing tail rubbing and preventing scratches.
4. You can never have too many towels or too much duct tape.
5. Toothpaste (the paste, not the gel) makes good bit polish.
6. Horses need sunscreen, too. I use a little baby mineral sunblock on Eli’s snip in the summer months.

Other good tips or how-tos? Personally, I’m dying to know how body clipping a horse while his coat is sopping wet works!

23 thoughts on “6 random tips for around the barn

  1. For horse laundry, if you need your whites white add bleach into the dispenser on the side rather than pouring it directly into the wash basin. For particularly sensitive horses, use “Dreft” powder — it’s for babies!


  2. I’ve tried a wet clip several times and never really liked it. Then again, I have Listers, so they don’t blow hair around anyway. If I had Clipmasters it might be different. But that’s why I don’t have Clipmasters…


  3. I never used sunscreen on my horses for years, since I only had solid-coloured ones and had more or less decided to only ever have solid ones. Then I was given a beautiful, wonderful, enormous, sabino colt. His nose is pinker than a baby’s cheek. Bring on the sunscreen.

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  4. Excellent tips! Here’s a few more:
    1. Spray bottle of white vinegar can be used to safely clean buckets, clean bits, clean brushes, and even battle thrush or skin funk.
    2. Colored electrical tape on your stuff helps make sure things don’t walk away.
    3. Bucket in a bucket! Store an extra bucket under another bucket of stuff so you always have a bucket handy for whatever comes up.

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