Well we are now into the last few weeks of winter, however they do feel as though they last forever. It is cold, dark, wet and muddy. This is the time of year when most of us struggle and its hard to keep pushing through. We have drawn up a few tips to help keep you kicking on and motivated through these last few weeks.
- Go easy on yourself, this is with out a doubt the worst time of year to be outside looking after horses. So if after a hard days work you don’t want to ride in the rain, then don’t. Finish the horse for the night and go home and relax. Your horse will not mind one bit, as long as they are fed and have seen you for a few minutes, they will not be upset that you didn’t ride.
- Do bulk jobs in the daylight at the weekend, to make the week nights easier. Make up all your hay nets in advance. Get a load of buckets and make up a weeks worth of feed in advance. If you need to soak hay invest in a few big buckets and fill them with water at the weekend, so all you have to do is pop in the hay net during the week. Look at deep littering through the week and doing a full muck out at the weekend. At the weekend put in loads of clean bedding and bank it up around the walls, then through the week as you muck out pull down the clean bedding, and save a trip to the barn.
- Invest in a wheelbarrow extender and cover, these will allow you to fit more on the barrow, so less trips to the muck heap, and they stop everything blowing everywhere, so less sweeping up.
- At the weekend fill up loads of water canisters and leave them by horses water trough in the field, then just pour in to top up when its running low, save you lugging water canisters about in the dark.
- Buddy up with someone else and take turns to do each others horses, so you can have an evening off or only go once a day.
- Start planning your activities for the spring and summer, book competitions, holidays, camps, clinics and lessons in, so you have something to look forward to. Start planning your training and fitness programs for your horse so you are ready to go when the lighter evenings come in and the weather turns.
- Spend some time with your horse, grooming and scratching etc to help build your bond and remind yourself why we do it all.
If you have any other tips to help get through the last few weeks of winter please share them with us.
The Tidy Tack Rooms Team.