Do you have any more barn hacks? YES, YES I DO!! Here's Part Three!
And the list keeps growing and growing and growing! So here are some more of my favorite tricks for making the barn life easy. Many are suggested by you guys, so keep up the good brainstorming and send over your ideas!
Is there anything that twine CAN'T do?
- Use bailing twine as a sweat scraper. It’s nice because it can go over lumpy, bumpy, bony areas. And it’s everywhere.
- Keep a tennis ball on the end of the cross ties to avoid the super annoying CLANG. Also, it may give your barn dogs something to stare at for hours.
- Use a fair amount of detangler product on your horse after a bath and before a clip. This makes your clipper blades glide through the hair! You can also use a grooming oil, like No. 1 Light Oil.
Make the clippers glide.
- If you horse gets dented hairs from his blanket on his chest, use a leg quilt over the blanket’s neck opening to alleviate this. You shouldn’t need another blanket to hold it in. If it comes out, at least it’s soft and maybe your horse will use that as a pillow and not a pile of manure.
- Use old clipper blades to shorten a mane. Back comb (aka rat up) the hair and use the old clipper blade to chop of the end of the hair.
- Use a pool skimmer to clean water troughs. No long handle needed.
- Using a dish brush with soap in the handle is a great way to scrub buckets or horse legs.
- Toss limp carrots into a bucket of cold water to revive them. Only takes a little bit of time! Throw out or compost any slimy carrots.
- Use a dog hair slicker brush to fluff up sheepskin and fleece. And maybe your dog, too!
- When it’s super rainy and yucky, you can use big chunky mulch at gates. This is also great for shows, just outside of the stalls. Helps keep the mud and water outside and not in the stalls.
- When clipping, toss your hot blades on an ice pack to cool down quickly. Be sure to wipe any oil or spray lube from the ice pack before it goes back in the freezer.
Keep sending me more ideas!! These lists are fun to make!