Can you feel autumn drawing in and the leaves turning golden as the last warmth of summer fades?
Take it as your cue to get some winter preparation in now and make sure that this winter is your easiest yet! Here is our checklist for 10 Horse and Yard Jobs to get done this September.
1 – Lag the Taps & Check the Hoses!
Frozen taps make life in winter miserable as we struggle to meet the most important part of our horses basic needs! Get some lagging on pipes and taps while it is warm and dry. Check any hoses for leaks and replace if needed and get a spare now! Why wait?
2 – Buy the Salt!
Have you slipped on the yard in winter? Ice skating while you are leading your horse is not a sport I would recommend. Stocking up on salt now will save you the pain!
3 – Clipper Blades Sharpened
Does your horse need clipping over winter? Get those blades sharpened now so when you have time you aren’t waiting for them to be usable. Perhaps your clippers need a service too?
4 – Rugs at the Ready
We all hope that we can keep the rugs stored as long as possible. But if you didn’t get them mended, waterproofed etc in the spring now may be the time to dig them out from storage. Make sure you don’t have any friends nesting in them and get them where you can grab them when the time comes.
5 – Field Checks
We all know, as soon as the weather changes the fence posts loosen so checking now that all is in good order will help.
6 – Mud Busting
Lay hardcore in the areas used most to help prevent the mud.
7 – Winter Warmer
Get you winter waterproofs, gloves hats etc ready and give them a freshen up wash so you don’t smell of last years muck!
8 – Make the Most of the Season
Get those extra hours riding in while you still can! It is a beautiful season for long hacks and reminiscing on the summer!
9 – Tip Top Pasture
Does your field need topping. September often grows grass well, so cutting the rough patches and stems with a topper may help it pick up and perhaps rest a section ready for winter grazing.
10 – Take the Photos!
There is something about the low light in September the autumnal tones which really make your photos look great. Winter may be tough who knows what is ahead but memories are for making now so make them and save them to remind yourself when it feels tough that is worth every moment.
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