Courtesy of America’s Horse Daily
For those of us with an early first frost date, winter is already on our mind. These are some hacks for winterizing your barn.
Take these tips and do a run-through with them before the winter months are upon us. You will thank yourself in the long run when you realize that you already have precautions covered when that first storm sneaks up.
- Stock up on feed and supplements. This way you can spend more time checking on animals and less time worrying about feed.
- Foam pool tubes are your friends. Pool noodles are great for quick insulation on pipes and hoses, plus they double as cord protection.
- Fix what needs to be fixed before winter hits. If you notice a loose board, a crooked stall door or a tilted fence, fix it before winter hits. That way if something goes wrong, you won’t be grumbling out in the ice and snow . Doing these fixes now also gives you a chance to take a look around and see if there are going to be projects come springtime.
- Organize horse blankets. Through the winter months, your horse may be in and out of a blanket. Try this solution to air out horse blankets while keeping them organized.
- Say “adios” to frozen water troughs. There are numerous innovative solutions for keeping stock tanks from freezing over, and going solar-powered is definitely a great green idea.
- Or, try water jugs to help break the ice. It happens – sometimes you just don’t have time to install an elaborate freeze-free system. With this hack, all you need is an empty jug and salt water, then your horses will have easy access to water.
- Protect your tack from mildew. If you deal with dampness throughout fall, winter and spring, you’ll want to invest in a pack of Damp Rid. The hanging bags are especially handy; you can stick them in amidst your bridles.
- Seal tack room and barn doors against cold drafts. There’s those handy pool noodles again!
- Spray your snow shovel with your favorite horse hair polish to prevent snow from sticking as you shovel around the barn.