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Are you ready for winter – get organized.

While there is still enough light, make the most of the extra time and get ready for the inevitable cold spell:

Get organised

  • Get all your blankets washed, repaired and ready to use. If you don’t you are bound to find the one you really need has got a broken leg strap or surcingle. 
  • If it snows, you’re going to need to apply grease to the bottom of the shoed hoof to avoid a build-up of snow. “I used my own recipe of a kilo of lard and a litre of vegetable oil. Melt it together and allow it to set, then plaster into hooves to stop balling-up snow. It works really well and is very cheap.” 
  • Order in a two-month supply of hay/haylage and bedding — you can never be too prepared. Store your supplies in a cool, dry place. When ordering in, bear in mind that once the grass is gone or if your horses are being stabled, you’ll need extra supplies. 
  • Order some big water containers —  they’ll come in handy when the pipes are frozen. 
  • Unless you’re lucky enough to keep your horses at home or have a 4×4, a big concern is not being able to get to the stable.  So, speak to others at your stable and get an emergency plan in place. It’s best to sort this out early to avoid any panic.
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