We blinked and summer happened. Right!? Well, hello fall! Here are 5 tips to help you get your horses ready for the winter months ahead. Burrrr!

  1. Clean your tack! It's been a long, hot summer! Give your saddle, bridle, and other leather tack a nice clean and condition. This can include your martingale or a leather halter. This keeps them protected through the cold months and it will extend the life of their use.
  2. As the weather shifts to shorter days, It's a good idea to begin applying a conditioner to your horse’s hooves. Consider using an all natural dressing that will help keep moisture in and promote hoof growth through the cold months.
  3. Most of us have wet and cold winters. Make sure you have a thrush remedy on hand for any prolonged damp weather because you know there will be fungus outbreaks.
  4. Pull your winter blankets and stable sheets out of storage. Check for holes, dirt, or rips well before you need to use them. Doing this you will have time for cleaning and repair. I use a 1/4 cup from my Bye Bye Odor Concentrate mixed in a 32 ounce spray bottle with every blanket I run through the machine cycle and while I do this at the end of winter use, it's nice to freshen them up at the top of the season as well. You can spray Bye Bye Odor directly on your horse's blanket urine and poo spots until you have time to wash them in the machine. Blanket Safety Tip: Fix the rips before they become holes and patch the holes before the blanket is completely destroyed.
  5. Strip the stalls and clean out your horses bedding thoroughly. I spray Bye Bye Odor on my horse’s urine spots daily but, twice a year, I strip the stalls completely and spray Bye Bye Odor over the entire floor + up the walls about 3 feet because urine often splatters. It not only makes the barn smell great but also consumes the ammonia which can create respiratory inflammations in your horses.
Cheers to Fall 2020!

 

Photo © Mark J. Barrett