5 horsey jobs you must do during November
The changing leaves, bright crisp days and chillier nights of November make you forget the long, hazy days of summer. Halloween has passed, and the clocks have gone back which means a long count down for all horse owners to the brighter days of Spring. Here’s 5 horsey jobs you need to do to ensure a hassle-free time that means you can concentrate on your riding…
Say goodbye to summer
Don’t leave your fly rugs, masks and fringes to wash until next year. Wash them now, dry them in the autumn sunshine and pack them away. Then they’ll be all ready when you need to use them next spring.
Coping with restricted turn out
If your horse’s turn out time is restricted during the wetter and cooler months, coping with this can be a challenge. Try to ensure that he has a steady trickle of hay when he’s in his stable so that he can continue to “graze” in the same way that he would if he was in his field.
Stable toys are always a great way to keep your horse entertained. Just be mindful of the additional energy he may have if it’s an edible one!
Plan your riding
The shorter days reduce the time available to ride. So, allow enough time to exercise your horse, especially on ‘work days’ when time is limited. This is a great way of keeping him supple and sane, particularly if he’s cooped up in a stable thanks to restricted turn out. Need some tips? Check out my blog on exercising your horse in cooler weather.
Invest in a Cooler
When the cold weather first arrives, horses seem to have a lot more energy for galloping around the field for fun, making them hot and sweaty; whilst others over-heat during or after exercise, so invest in a cooler rug that will wick away the moisture from the horse’s coat to the rug where it evaporates. This will allow him to cool down gradually and keep his temperature steady. Learn more in my blog about horse coolers.
Take a Rain Check
Before it gets cold, it gets wet! So, be prepared and get your waterproofs before the heavy downpours arrive. You know the sort that occur in the Autumn: they catch you by surprise, usually when you’re turning out or bringing in, and you get wet through to your skin! Read more in my blog about wet weather riding wear.