5 Equestrian HACKS
If you look up the definition of a hack, it is any procedure or action that solves a problem, simplifies a task , reduces frustration. And there are hacks that can be applied to us as equestrians. So I have decided to share with you my 5 favorite equestrian hacks.
You may already know of these, but I love learning anything that I can apply to my horses, and just in case you aren’t familiar with them, here you go, 5 simple equestrian hacks!
I had to put this one first because coconut oil is my most favorite hoof oil for my horses. It is inexpensive and lasts forever! I bought a 30-ounce container for around $8.50. This size container will last me all summer long for my horses.
And if you don’t have a hoof brush, a cheap paint brush will work in a pinch for applying the oil to your horses hooves. (Bonus Hack!)
You can even use coconut oil as your own first aid ointment for cuts. Just mix some coconut oil with essential oils, like lavender, frankincense, and tea tree oil for an antibacterial wound salve for you or your horses.
Baby wipes are great to have at the barn. They work fantastic for wiping eyes, nostrils and underneath tails. They also are helpful for cleaning your own hands (or face) after you have been working with your horse or doing chores.
And if they dry out, just add some water and they will be good as new.
Old Socks For Fly Protection
Don’t throw out your old socks! Just cut off the toes, and you can use them for protection from flies on your horse’s legs. Tall socks without a lot of compression work best.
Vinegar is an incredibly helpful addition to your barn. You can use it as a component of homemade fly spray. And it works great for cleaning buckets and helps to prevent the fast build up of algae in water tanks.
You can also use it as a deodorizer in your horse’s stall. And if your in a pinch and need something to clean your horse’s bit you can clean it with vinegar.
It’s affordable too, at around $2.75 a gallon for regular white vinegar. Or you can get really fancy and use apple cider vinegar, it has a whole bunch of uses too! But for general cleaning in the barn, I stick with the cheap stuff and it works fine.
DIY PVC Blanket/Rug Rack
Not really a hack, more of an easy DIY project. But you can make a blanket rack in a pinch using some PVC pipe and extra twine. If you have a horse, I am pretty confident you have some twine in your barn!
You simply cut the PVC pipe to the length you want to to be, thread some twine through the interior of the PVC pipe, tie it off on either end and then tie the two ended together. Hang it on a hook, or a nail and you have a handy dandy blanket holder.
Well there you go, 5 easy equestrian hacks that might save you a little bit of money while you are caring for your horse. How about you? Do you have a favorite life hack you use at your barn? I love to know what you do, let me know in the comment section below!