Take this 7-day equestrian spring cleaning challenge: Day 1

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Take this 7-day equestrian spring cleaning challenge: Day 1

Spring has sprung so it is time for you to get your rear in gear for the 2018 season. Some riders have already begun their competition seasons, others are just preparing to start and some are relocating from their Southern winter bases to their Northern homes. Regardless of whether or not you even compete your horse, spring is the perfect time for cleaning and organizing. Spring cleaning can be a little daunting for equestrians because we tend to have heaps of stuff spread out over various locations. From your tack room to horse trailer to garage – there are horsey items in desperate need of cleaning and organizing. Fortunately for you, I have broken down your spring cleaning tasks into a straightforward seven-day challenge. We will be publishing spring cleaning tips every second day because let’s face it, no equestrian has seven days straight to clean! Simply dedicate seven days that suit your schedule to complete these tasks and you will thank yourself for it…

Stay tuned for the next 12 days (we will publish spring cleaning tips every second day) to tackle your spring cleaning done like a pro.

Day 1: Say goodbye to your winter-only items.

Okay, in some parts of the world winter is stubbornly refusing to leave already. But as soon as you feel confident that the bitter winter weather is gone for the season, it is time to pack away the things you don’t need. Follow these steps to clear the winter clutter in a perfectly organized manner:

1) Pack away the winter blankets. Often, winter blankets end up piled in some barn corner or in the way, long after the snow has melted. Winter blankets are not cheap and should be put away properly to maximize their longevity.

Start by cleaning your blankets by removing all the hair and dirt. A brush and a shop vacuum do wonder for this task. A pressure washer can also come in handy to really blast that dirt away. Then you can throw your blanket in a large washing machine or use a giant tub of water to wash it (remember to follow the blankets washing instructions). There are professional blanket cleaners in many horse populated areas you can send your blanket there and they will do all this work for you. Once you blankets are cleaned and dry, inspect them for any wear and tear and repair it yourself or send them to a tailor.

Now your blankets are looking as good as new and it is time to store them. If you have access to a safe place to hang them that will do the trick. Or you can neatly fold them and place them in a trunk or bag. Comforter storage bags are perfect for storing blankets and you can click here to order yours.

If there are any blankets beyond repair, now is a great time to invest in new ones for next season because some tack stores have winter blanket sales on right now since they are offseason.

2) Put the heaters away. Many barns have water heaters in buckets and troughs for the winter months. Some barns also have area heaters in tack rooms and blanket rooms. Unhook and put these heaters away somewhere that you don’t have to worry about them getting wet or the cords chewed by rodents. If you keep heaters out, some people may use them when they are not needed, racking up the electricity bill!

 


 

3) Organize your winter wardrobe. Just like your horse’s winter blankets, it is also time to pack your winter riding garb away. Fold up your winter breeches, hang up those winter coats and store them in your closet or another place in your home to keep them from getting in the way. Again, now is the time to invest in winter riding clothes for next year because you have the best chance at scoring some sale deals.

4) Have your farrier remove your horse’s snow pads or other winter shoes. In areas with snow, many horse owners opt to put snow pads under their horses’ shoes to prevent them from getting snow balling up under their hooves. Now that winter is over, it is time for your horse’s to go back to wearing their normal shoes. Or some equestrians take their horses’ shoes off for the winter to solve this problem. If that is the case, then have your farrier put your horse’s shoes back on in preparation for the spring/summer. You don’t want to rock out to a horse show with the wrong shoing setup so organize with your farrier well in advance.

Stay tuned to Eventing Connect for the next 12 days to complete your spring cleaning with ease.

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