November 29-30, 2014
16601 N Pima Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Holly Hover- Arizona
Doug Lasota- Arizona
Here are some clever tricks and tips that save time, money and possibly make life a bit easier. These hacks just might make life around the barn, horse shows or traveling a little quicker! These hacks have been pasted around several of the barns I have been at and they are just to cool to not share.
Baby Wipes: Great for wiping down saddles, boots and tack that get dusty while waiting to enter the show ring. They can be used for quick grooming, clean horse’s face, wipe out nose/ears and sweat stains. I prefer the natural chemical free baby wipes. Example: Earth’s Best wipes
Kitty Litter Scoop: Great for breaking up Ice in buckets, skimming off bugs and removing small particles from your horses’ water quickly. We don’t break up much ice in Arizona, but we fish out a lot of bugs!
C-Clamps: I picked this up at the APHA world show, watching the guys deliver and pick up mats. It was amazing watching how quick they could move them with just a clamp. Use them for moving heavy stall mats. They work as handles and make the job so much easier!
Large Dust pan: This is so Cool! Take a large dust pan with a hollow handle. Place it in a sink with the handle facing out and over the sink. Put your large bucket under the handle, turn on the water and watch the water flow through the handle and into your bucket. No lifting or trying to get an angle because the bucket is too large for the sink!
Emery Boards: Remove stains from suede and can file off small snags in materials.
Head Lamps: Makes any night time task easier by freeing up your hands. Great for late night horse show prep like washing in a deem area or breading manes.
Fanny Packs: Stylish I Know, Not! But they work great for holding combs, bands, clips for braiding. Keeps your supplies close and your hands free.
Go Pro & Helmet Mount: See your adventures like your horse. This tool is so cool and it really makes your ride come to life on a different level.
What hacks have you seen around the barn or at horse shows? Share your tips and ideas that make life in the equine world easier 🙂
Here’s a tip I came across at the last show I was at. I noticed a groomer using this Combination Scrub Brush & Soap dispenser. He had a couple of them, one was filled with whiting shampoo and he was touching up the legs of the horse he was grooming. He would squeeze the shampoo out, scrub and then wipe with a wet rag. The legs became instantly clean and the groomer did not have to wash the whole horse (time saving).
I continued to watch him and then he grabbed another circle scrubber/dispenser. This one appeared to have water only and he used it to scrub the hooves washing off the dirt and then he dried and added hoof polish.
What household items have you incorporated in your horse tack? Share your quick Tips!