Horse Care Time Savers
 By Winniefield Park   •   26th Feb 2016   •   1,319 views   •   0 comments
Horse Care Time Savers

I donít think it takes anyone who lives with a horse owner long to figure out that when the owner says ďIíll be back in 30 minutesĒ, thatís not really going to happen. A quick half hour trip to the barn takes at least an hour. Really, we canít help it can we? There is always something to do, and no matter what work you might have waiting at home, we always find more interesting things to do at the barn. Sometimes, time is important, such as when you really have to go to work, or be on time for an appointment. Most of us have pretty hectic schedules, and being able to shave off a few minutes here and there means we can have more time for the things we really want to do - like ride. Here are a few time saving ideas, that can help you spend more time doing the stuff you really want to.

Prepare Food Mixes Ahead of Time
Set up your weigh scale, some containers like zip closure bags or recycled food containers, and measure out a few days feed at once. Then you can just dump food in without fussing and measuring when youíre in a hurry.

Time Your Activities and Multitask
Try multitasking while you work. Fill water buckets while you measure feed or do another small job. Use a timer, such as a phone app, so you know how long it takes to fill the bucket so you donít end up with water all over. Clean stalls while beet pulp or hay pellets soak.

Buy Feed and Bedding in Bulk
This saves time and money. If you have to get your hay from a loft, make one trip and put down a few days worth at a time. Make one trip to the feed store instead of three. Or, have the feed mill deliver your feed in bulk. Youíll have a larger amount to store, so be sure youíre prepared.

Pre Package Supplements
Horse owners like mixing potions and doses, but doing it each day or each feeding can be time consuming. Use zip baggies, old medicine containers, recycled yogurt tubes or other containers to make up a weekís worth of supplements so you can grab and feed without measuring and pouring. You can buy pre-portioned supplements, but itís less expensive to make your own. Be sure to have everything labeled so each horse gets the right thing.

Take Care of Tack and Gear After Each Use
The old saying is Ďa stitch in time saves nineí. This applies to caring for your gear too. Give your bridle, bit and saddle a quick wipe after each use. Wind up clean leg wraps so theyíre ready for the next use. If they need cleaning, put them by the door so you donít go home without them. Wiping off your boots before you get in your vehicle saves cleaning your boots and your vehicle.

Ride When the Stable Isnít Busy
Having to wait and maneuver around other people waiting to ride or work with their horses is time consuming. Figure out when the stable is not so busy so you can efficiently do what you need to do. Of course, if the whole point is to socialize and be with other people and horses, remember thatís why youíve been saving time in the first place.

Organize for Efficiency
Donít waste time scrounging around the bottom of your tack box for your car keys, looking for your hoof pick, or untangling reins or polo wraps. ĎA place for everything and everything in its placeí are words to live by. Hang your keys by the door. Organize your grooming tools. And, clear out things that are used seasonally, like bug spray, to make room for winter items like extra towels or riding gloves.

What are your ideas for saving time for whatís really important?
Horse News More In This Category:  General      Horse News More From This Author:  Winniefield Park
 More News by Winniefield Park
Equestrian Karen Video
15th May 2021   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Ugh, you donít have to look too far to find an equestrian Karen. They do their very best to find something to criticize and they dispense their advice like a fairy godmother dispensing sparkle dust. And while they may be easy to f ...
What Its Like Being Married to an Equestrian
13th May 2021   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Long before COVID19 hit there was another bug out there that has changed the lives of those who unwittingly became infected because of their proximity to someone who had the disease. If you are married to someone who has been bitt ...
PonyBox Top Earning Barns April 2021
9th May 2021   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
Itís been awhile since we looked at which stables are the top earners on PonyBox. And, since the last update in September of 2020, the highest earning barns have changed a little. ...
Black Cowgirl Launches Saddle Up and Read
8th May 2021   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
By combining a love of reading with a love of horses, Saddle Up and Read wants to make reading exciting for black children while helping them discover a rich culture of equestrianism. Through books based on Black equestrians, ince ...
Prince Philip Funeral Horses and Kings Royal Horse Artillery
6th May 2021   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
It seems no royal ceremony is held without horses and the funeral for the late Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh was no exception. The Kingís Royal Horse Artillery, the riders dressed in traditional black trimmed with gold and ...
Draft Horse Plows and Types
5th May 2021   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
The sight of a team of horses hitched to a plow is always an impressive sight. And, it takes a lot of practice for the driver to guide the team over the fields as they open the perfect furrow. This video, by a farmer who works his ...
Swiss Military Flying Horses Exercise
3rd May 2021   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
These flying horses donít have wings. They are airborne thanks to a military exercise carried out in Switzerland. Veterinarians teamed up with the Swiss army to test various ways to use helicopters to airlift injured horses, one, ...
PonyBox Active Top Horses Jumping Over 102
2nd May 2021   |   General   |   Winniefield Park
The current top ranked active horses on PonyBox have all cleared 102 inches. In fact, the top 8 have cleared 101.25 inches, with one horse * Paparazzi, clearing 103.25". At age 18, the former # 1 ranked Friesian stallion Paparazzi ...
  View All News by Winniefield Park
©2002 - 2021   PonyBox LLC Create Account Advertise Terms Privacy Contact Us
156 Members Online 270,507 Registered Members 2,887 News Articles 12,383,500 Unique News Article Views 297,307,621 Website Views