It’s just about August. And for some reason, every August for the past 3 years, I am a gluten for punishment. Or, as I like to think of it, August is my goal month. And just like last August, when I did a Confident Rider Challenge for 30 days, I am doing a new challenge this August.
And to get ready for this challenge, I need to get in the barn, arena and tack room ready to go for my plan. And this time, I am going to use August to challenge myself. If you want to come along with me, that’s great! You can come back to the blog every day in August for a new blog post, but I have learned from the past years and I will not be having a video every day. That is just too much for me.
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Today is just a preparation day, so I am going to get everything ready for the month. And my thinking is that if everything is ready to go, it will make things that much easier to get out to the barn, and to work with Frisby every day.
The first thing we did today was head out to the feed store. I wanted to have what I needed for the next couple of weeks. This way I have feed, shavings, and basically what I need for the horses. If I have what I need, I don’t need to go to the feed store on the way home.
Cleaning The Barn
This is a chore that I really enjoy. And it will need to be done on a daily (or every other day) basis.
But I want to go through the stalls, strip them down and replace the bedding along with cleaning out their inside water buckets.
I also rake their pens to keep the manure in check.
And of course the big water tank needs to be cleaned out. This time of year the algae really builds up fast!
Ok, the stalls are clean, now it’s time to work on the tack room.
The Little Red Barn
My little red barn is my tack and feed barn actually. I like to clean the ‘feed’ area first, and then work my way over to the tack area.
The first thing to do is fill the hay nets. I have a bunch of hay nets because it is easier to take about 30 minutes and fill 24 hay nets at one time, versus doing 4 a day.
Having the hay nets prepared ahead of time really helps me on the days I work, as well as when I get home from work in the evening. Saturdays are usually the day I stock up on full hay nets in preparation for the week.
And because we went to the feed store first thing in the morning, I have stall dry, hay, grain and shavings stocked up, and ready for the week.
We will typically go to the feed store every two weeks for the things we need.
My Tack Room
Ok, it’s not really a tack room, but you get the idea.
I get lazy from time to time when I work with the horses in the evening. And sometimes, everything doesn’t get put away. I have to work on this. So I try to get everything organized, and put everything back where it is supposed to go.
I also brought out my ear bonnet hanger and homemade bridle rack to keep things organized.
My grooming tote has a place to live, and is organized with everything I need when I am getting ready to tack up. And of course, the first aid kit is clearly labeled in the background.
I also have my larger grooming caddy, which doubles as a saddle stand for cleaning my saddle. So I keep my leather care kit in the barn too.
This is one thing I try to do weekly, cleaning my tack. I do wipe down my bridle and saddle after I use them. And having all of my leather care items in the barn makes it easier to make this happen.
I have been neglecting my arena a little bit, and I have been allowing the horses in there too. This means they poop, and then the weeds pop up in the arena. I am neglectful of cleaning up until I film a video clip or take a few pictures of Frisby when I’m working with him.
So while I am working on my self improvement challenge, I will try very hard to keep the arena clean!
It also resonates with me more right now after I just cleaned up the manure, and spent over an hour pulling rouge weeds. And driving the tractor around while it was 90 degrees is hot and dusty work.
And I have no idea of how I caught a snake in my arena drag, but I did. That was disgusting.
I know this memory will fade though, and the horses will be back out in the arena soon enough. But for now, its beautiful.
My Riding Outfits
And one way I find helps me to stay motivated is to plan out my outfits. Where most people get to dress up for work, my work wardrobe mainly consists of blue scrubs. I can have some outfit fun when it comes time to riding, and having some set out and ready to ride in helps get me motivated to get out there and ride. I do keep my boots in the tack room though. Because I usually only wear them for riding.
Every evening when I get home from work, I typically clean the barn, or work with the horses anyway, so this step is a familiar one for me. And having a clean outfit ready to go can help save some time.
Ready, Set, Go!
All right, I think I am good to go for at least the first week or two. Time will tell. But for now, I am ready to go. So if you are on board for challenging yourself, be sure to subscribe to my email list, and come back tomorrow for the first official post in the August Real Riding Challenge!