Barn Hacks & Horse Keeping Tips - Save Time & Money
The Perfect Bucket Scrubber
Did I Forget to Turn Off the Water? Solution
To prevent your hose from popping out of the trough if you have high water pressure, use a garden hose metal bubbler/diffuser.
Totes for Flakes of Hay
Bagged Feed Storage
Rubber trash cans have a much higher propensity to accumulate condensation and rodents can chew through even the heavy duty/thick cans.
Monitor The Temperature Inside Your Horse Trailer
Hang the sensor in a mesh bag for good air flow or mount it about halfway up the side of the wall in the trailer (as far away as possible from a warm body).
Livestock can generate quite a bit of body heat, even in cold weather. Conversely, in warmer weather it can alert you if temperatures rise to a cause of concern. This allows you to open and close air vents and windows to achieve optimum comfort with confidence for your precious cargo.
Water Trough Skimmer
Pool Noodle Boot Trees
Equine Emergency Identification Plan
Proper identification during an emergency/evacuation can help reunite you with your companion as soon as possible. The most effective and easy-to-use identification products are ManeStay and UltraLite emergency ID tags. They are lightweight, waterproof, and heat and flame resistant.
Use Drinking Water Safe Hoses to Fill Water Tubs
My all-time favorite drinking water safe hose for filling water troughs is the EvoFlex. It is BPA-free, lead-free and phthalate-free. Its extra flexible design holds no memory, making it easy to position and store.
Prepare Supplements Days/Weeks Ahead of Time
Use the same size and brand so they stack nicely and store them in a dark storage tub with a lid in a cool dry place. Heat, light and oxygen can degrade the potency of vitamins and herbs.
This is super helpful if:
- Someone else is feeding your horse.
- You will be away from home at horse shows or camping.
- If you have to evacuate during flood and fire season.
Vet Wrap = Soft Grips
The Best Wheelbarrow Ever!
Steak Knife Uses
- Cut baling twine. I've used the same knife for 18 years!
- Open a bag of shavings. Score/cut a cross extending over the edges, turn the bag of shavings over and press your knee into the center of the bag while pulling up on the ends.
If you need to administer numerous tablets or powdered medication, use a 60cc catheter syringe (it has a wider tip). Some tablets dissolve in a matter of minutes such as SMZs - others may need to be crushed. If you’re not sure, perform a test by placing one tablet in a cup with water. If it doesn’t dissolve within an hour, you’ll need to crush them. You can use a pill crusher or coffee grinder.
Place the tablets (if dissolvable) or crushed powder in the syringe and insert the plunger, draw some water or apple juice (doesn’t take much) into the syringe and shake well. To transform it into a paste consistency, draw some baby food (carrot or apple) and shake well.
You may want to put some baby food with a small amount of water in it initially to introduce your horse to the syringe and provide a positive experience before you give the medication.
Prevent Head/Neck Entanglement
- Attach a rope to the attachment site (eye hook, tree branch, rafters or stall grates)
- Slide a piece of PVC pipe over the entire length of the rope to avoid entanglement
- Attach a swivel clip at the bottom
- Hang your hay bag, net or toy from the swivel clip.
Ratchet Wrench For Safety
Secure Hay Tarps
Hay Net Loading Tips
- Insert the net into the can or basket.
- Drape the net over the top.
- Insert hay.
- Close the drawstring.
Organize & Store Horse Stuff
Keep Hands Dry and Warm
Outside winter chores can be grueling, cold wet hands make it that much more challenging. Although mittens help to keep hands warm, gloves allow for more dexterity but become colder so much more quickly. The solution is to wear a pair of thin plastic gloves and put your winter gloves over them; for added warmth insert a heat pack.
Five gallon buckets with a snap on lid works well too!
This is super if you are at horse shows, camping or anywhere the water source is oh - so far away .
Helpful How To Resources
- Never Exercise Horses on an Empty Stomach...Ever
- Why You Shouldn't Transport Horses On An Empty Stomach
- Grass Hay vs Pellets, Cubes & Chopped Hay – Pros & Cons
- How & Where to Test Your Horse's Hay & Interpret Results
- Why Horses Need Salt & Why Salt Blocks Are Not Enough
- Are You a Prisoner of Feeding? Here's How I Broke Free
- 6 Great Reasons to Feed Your Horse from Ground Level
- 7 Slow Feed Dos and Dont's for Horses
- Sugar Content of Pasture & Hay: Q & A with Katy Watts, Founder of Safergrass.org
- 7 Easy Ways to Help Prevent Colic
- Causes of Equine Ulcers – 7 Stress Factors & Solutions