Spring Cleaning For Equestrians!
By: Triple Crown Intern (2016) – Emily Kelly
The Preparation for Summer Riding Begins Now!
Now that spring is finally here, the weather is getting warmer and the days are longer, the list of spring cleaning tasks begins to accumulate. You start to look at lessons, clinics, and shows for the spring and summer seasons. You begin to set some goals for your riding, start to leg-up your horse, and put some muscle back on yourself. Amidst this preparation and planning, you eventually realize just how dirty your tack and horse really are and feel a desperate, overwhelming need for a 60-degree day and a hose.
Get Your Spring/Summer Cleaning Chores Done!
This has been my mindset for several weeks, and I have finally created a list of spring cleaning tasks to keep me busy until my 60-degree day arrives. Hopefully, this list will help you to create a plan for your own spring cleaning and start your preparation for the upcoming season!
- Take an inventory of your current tack (both in the tack room and in the trailer) and decide whether you need to donate, throw out or replace any tack.
- For the tack that you are keeping and donating, start to deep clean. Take everything apart, sponge it down, condition and polish the silver. Don’t skimp or do just a surface clean, as there is likely several months of grease and sweat built up on your gear.
- Take home your large pile of saddle pads and boots and get everything washed and fluffy again. Your horse will appreciate you.
- Repack your horse trailer, using bins and tubs to keep all of your freshly washed horse show gear organized!
- Give your trailer a hose down and sponge any stains off the interior and exterior. Take it to a trailer shop to have the brakes checked and any maintenance done. Also, check the floorboards for any rotting areas.
- Pull your horse’s mane and bang his or her tail. This will go a long way in removing the scraggly winter style.
- As soon as you can, give your horse a thorough, warm water bath! Scrub away.
When your tack, horse, and trailer are cleaned, it is also a good time to check out your horse’s stall and barn. There are hundreds of things that can be cleaned, organized, checked for safety and so on. Get a whole group of riders, boarders, friends or family together to tackle this and you can get a lot done in a weekend! It feels good to have a cleaner, organized barn and everyone will appreciate it (including your horse).