Spring is here, and I as I try to make sure Mud Pony is looked after while I’m away, I was struck by how much I do every spring. Until we moved the barn we were at only had an outdoor ring, so between weather and me only getting to the barn once a week it meant little to no riding got done in the winter. Spring was our time to get ready for riding and the change of seasons. Here is a look at my equestrian spring cleaning regimen!
Clean The Blankets
I call him Mud Pony for a reason, and because of that reason his winter blankets get filthy. That means every spring once blanket season is over, they get a good clean before being stored for the summer. First I brush off the horsehair and mud then wash as normal in a washer (or failing that I have been known to pull out the scrub brush and wash them in my driveway with a bucket of soapy water and a hose). Hey, it worked! Then I line dry over the nearest fence, or clothes line.
Clean the Grooming Kit
I clean all my brushes and my entire grooming kit in the spring. Everything goes into soapy water, gets scrubbed clean, and horse hair removed, then left to dry in the sun. I wash my brushes, hoof picks, buckets, and grooming tote. Everything gets cleaned.
Clean the Tack
At the very least my tack has gotten dusty, worst case it’s picked up some mold (yuck!). Either way it’s over due for a thorough clean and oiling. I clean all my tack, the set I use and my backup set. Everything gets a clean start to the season!
Get Fly Ready
Certain bugs LOVE to eat my poor Mud Pony. So every summer, I ready his fly kit: fly mask, fly sheet and fly spray. I make sure they are clean and in good repair and I have enough fly spray for the season.
Gather ALL THE SUPPLIES
I also take this time to go through my tack trunk and make sure everything is in order. Trust me, going to open it and discovering everything got covered in mold is not a pleasant thing! So I check my supplements, and first aid items, as well as anything else I think Mud Pony might need this summer. Must haves for me and my slightly accident prone pony include an ample supply of betadine or iodine solution and first aid ointments and creams for those unavoidable nicks, cuts, scrapes and bug bites. I also makes sure I have a good supply of shampoo, including the medicated kind. Mud Pony is a sensitive guy, so medicated shampoos are something I always like to have on hand.
Buy the Things!
Every spring I also find that hey, you know I really need that thing. You know, a new bridle, a new saddle…okay I haven’t splurged on that yet (I have a rule, no new tack until I can actually ride), new brushes, new reins, new girth, etc. Whatever it is, I need it. So I find myself browsing sales, Craigslist, and local tack shops for deals on what I need. Seriously though, I need some new half chaps and paddock boots…
What do you do to get your horse, tack and equine supplies ready for the nice weather?