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Spring Horse Care Tips: Organize Your Barn Like a Pro

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Whether you have a barn of 2 or 20 horses those horses (and you) can have lots of "stuff"! How do you keep everything in order? Getting organized is step one, STAYING organized is step 2. Here are some simple tips to help keep you and your barn organized:

  1. Reduce Clutter: First things first. Sort through ALL of your existing equipment and weed our items you no longer use. We all know how easy it can be to collect things, so be firm on your decisions to rid yourself of old tack & horse clothing that you most likely will never use again. Did you know you should pitch helmets over 5 years old? CLICK HERE for helmet storage & safety tips. Keep only horse grooming supplies that are in good working order and are used regularly. Donate items in good working condition to your local riding school or rescue organizations such as Long Meadow Rescue Ranch. Non-profit organizations will either put the items to good use or sell them to raise funds.
  2. Make a To-Do List: Take a look around your barn and create a physical to do list. Making lists will actually help make the cleaning process easier and more time effective. Plus, it feels really good to check tasks off your list!
  3. Buy Organizers: Everyday household organizers can be extremely handy in your barn!
Bathroom organizers come in handy in the wash rack! It seems every horse requires a few bottles ofhorse grooming supplies horse shampoo, detanglers, curry combs and brushes. We have found that the most sturdy type of organizer is a large wire wall mounted unit with several shelves. Buckets can be clipped to it, spray bottles can hang from it, and it is is a great place to hang towels and sponges to dry.
Rubbermaid Boxes may not be the most innovative organizing tool, but boy are they useful! Rubbermaid plastic bins come in all shapes and sizes and even come in clear to help you see what is in the boxes before opening them. Be sure to keep your label maker or permanent marker handy to label all your boxes!
horse groomingOver-the-Door Organizers are excellent for storing brushes, spray bottles, polo wraps, and virtually any horse grooming accessory you can think of! They are also great at staying out of the way, and can be thrown in the washing machine (on gentle cycle) for a quick cleaning. These are also great to hang in your horse trailer or in your grooming stall at a horse show.

Bulletin or White Boards are a great tool for hanging calendars, show schedules, feeding charts, displaying photos, and reminders. They are a must in everyone's barn for staying organized, on schedule, and are important for leaving the phone numbers of your veterinarian, farrier or neighbor in case of an emergency.

Peg boards are a great place to hang helmets, girths, bits, wraps, small tools, sunglasses and your car keys! THorse grooming supplies hey are easy to install and extremely affordable. Try not to place them in high traffic areas, or in a place that a horse can easily reach. Hanging items can easily fall on the floor.

Horseshoe hooks are an excellent way to re-purpose old horseshoes! Ask your farrier to help you re-shape your horse's old horseshoes, and then nail them to a wall. They are great for hanging buckets, lead ropes, spray bottles, or even your sweatshirt on a warm day. Be sure that the horseshoes contain no sharp edges, rusty nails, and are securely fastened to the wall to avoid injury to you or your horse.

Landry bags or collapsible bins are a great tool for dirty towels or horse clothing items in your tack room or isle way. Be sure the laundry items are dry and not damp before tossing them in the bag as they can encourage mold growth.

4. Purchase Blanket Racks: Blankets are renowned for taking up space in your tack room and they can often end up on the floor collecting dust. Racks cahorse grooming suppliesn hang more blankets using less space in your tack room, can help make finding your horses sheet or blanket a quick process, and are great for air drying wet sheets or blankets. Racks are the secret to keeping your tack room tidy and organized.

5.  Create a Horse Tack Cleaning Station: Leather tack cleaning is more apt to be done on a regular basis if the process is easy and convenient. Inspecting and cleaning your leather tack is extremely important for not only keeping up your appearance, but for ensuring the safety of you and your horse. CLICK HERE to learn how to inspect your tack for safety.

Tips to creating your leather care station:

  • Hang a tack cleaning hook from the ceiling to make cleaning bridles and straps easy. You can generally find one at your local tack shop!
  • Store a collapsible saddle rack against a wall near your tack cleaning hook to make cleaning your saddle leather easy too! Helpful tip: Avoid storing your tack by a window to prevent sun damage.
  • Place all of your tack cleaning supplies in a small bucket hung or placed near your tack cleaning station to help you stay organized. For quick cleaning consider using Lexol Quick Wipes, to thoroughly clean and condition your tack in two easy steps.

With these simple steps, spring cleaning in your barn should be a snap! Manna Pro has the products to help YOU clean like a PRO. Lexol Leather Care Products & Corona Horse Grooming Supplies are a perfect match for dirty tack and horses!

leather cleaner and conditioner Step 1: Lexol Leather Cleaner

  • pH-balanced to safely clean unlike traditional Saddle Soaps which can cause deterioration
  • Leaves no scum or residue

Step 2: Lexol Leather Conditioner

  • Prolongs the life of your tack, protecting your investment
  • Softens leather and helps prevent cracking

horse shampooStep 1:  Corona Concentrated Shampoo

  • pH balanced and gentle enough for daily use
  • Lanolin-protein enriched for a stronger mane and tail
  • Voted the best horse shampoo by the Horse Journal

Step 2: Corona Detangler & Shine

  • Acts as a UV barrier to help prevent the sun-bleaching of manes and tails.
  • Quickly loosens tangles and leaves a soft, smooth, and shiny finish.
  • Helps repel dust, dirt, and stains to keep your horse looking its best!

CLICK HERE to find a Manna Pro dealer near you!

3. Bathroom organizer

It seems every horse requires at least three bottles of shampoo and conditioner. This can leave wash stalls looking disheveled.

When the inventor of bathroom organizers first unveiled his master creation, he probably didn’t know he’d be helping out thousands of barn owners, too. These organizers come in all sizes and with various features.

One helpful wash stall organizer is a large wire wall-mounted unit with several shelves. Buckets can be clipped to it and spray bottles can hang from the wire frame to keep them off of the ground and out of the way. The wire racks are a great place for drying sponges, too.

2. Horseshoe hooks

What do you do with all of those used horseshoes? You ask your farrier to bend them for you in his forge. Then you nail them to the wall—with horseshoe nails, if you want to be cute about it—and you hang halters, lead ropes, stray coats, and clipboards from them. (Don’t forget to thank your farrier.) Make sure you use these in out-of-the-way places like tack and storage rooms. Keep them out of barn aisle ways as they have no give in them if horses or equipment get caught in the horseshoe.

3. Rubbermaid boxes

This is not the most creative storage idea, but these boxes are useful. Rubbermaid or plastic boxes come in all sizes. There are even clear plastic boxes to help you remember what’s in them. For a barn with a small number of boarders, you can give everyone a box in a different color. These boxes are also easy to label with permanent markers.

4. Over-the-door shoe racks

Have you ever noticed that a grooming brush is about the same shape as a shoe? That’s what makes an over-the-door shoe rack a great brush holder. The pockets also work well holding spray bottles, collections of hoof picks, braiding equipment and often-lost hair ties.

5. Peg board

You’ve always known a peg board was handy in the garage for hanging hammers, saws and other tools. It can also work well as an easy-to-install area for hanging girths, bits and helmets. They are completely customizable with a variety of metal hooks to hang nearly anything that’s not too heavy.

- See more at: http://stablemanagement.com/article/10-quick-ideas-to-help-get-your-barn-organized#sthash.Z7RtFNkQ.dpuf

Whether the herd in your care consists of a dozen horses or a dozen dozen horses, those horses (and their owners) have a lot of “stuff.” Before you took on your management role you probably didn't realize that it is possible for an owner to have a halter in every color with polo wraps to match, three blankets for every season and half of the inventory of her favorite tack catalog. And it certainly never crossed your mind that all of these things would make their home in your tack room.

Luckily for stable managers, there are loads of options for storing tack and equipment. In this article Stable Management looks at 10 great storage ideas; five that you can find in your local department store and five that were designed specifically for the organized barn.

- See more at: http://stablemanagement.com/article/10-quick-ideas-to-help-get-your-barn-organized#sthash.Y4SLplQj.dpuf
What stable owner or manager doesn't want to be more organized? The getting organized is step one, and the staying organized is step two. Here are 10 tips to help you get and stay organized around your barn. - See more at: http://stablemanagement.com/article/10-quick-ideas-to-help-get-your-barn-organized#sthash.Y4SLplQj.dpuf
What stable owner or manager doesn't want to be more organized? The getting organized is step one, and the staying organized is step two. Here are 10 tips to help you get and stay organized around your barn. - See more at: http://stablemanagement.com/article/10-quick-ideas-to-help-get-your-barn-organized#sthash.Y4SLplQj.
Gabby Gufler

Gabby Gufler

Gabby Gufler graduated from Truman State University in 2013 with a BS in Animal Science & Nutrition and a minor in Equine Science. Gabby currently works on Manna Pro’s marketing team, and enjoys competing regularly with her six horses.

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