6 horsey jobs to do in September
Posted on 09 September 2017 by Kim
Autumn and Winter are just around the corner. It’s the ideal time to get ready for the changing seasons, as the good weather makes all the tasks that much easier. Completing a few simple jobs now will ensure you and your horse enjoy autumn that much more!
Prepare your fields
Fields tend to take a battering as autumn turns to winter, but some careful planning now will see them staying in good condition. Now is the last opportunity to
- Cut hedges, leaving them tidy until spring
- Put down plenty of hardcore in gate ways and around areas where horses congregate, such as the water trough, hay racks and shelter. This will stop the mud from taking over
- Check your field shelter is in good condition if you have one
- Clean out your water trough and ensure it is working well
- Mend any broken fencing
- If your grass is looking a little stemmy, consider having it topped so the fresh grass has a chance to grow. There is a second flush of growth during September
- If possible, rest a portion of your grazing in preparation for winter.
Do all those little tasks around the yard that you have been putting off:
- Lag any water taps to keep them working well in freezing weather
- Clean out gutters and drainage
- Get some bagged salt in ready to thaw about frozen patches.
Get Rug Ready
If you have not done so already, check your rugs and get them washed, mended and waterproofed in time for the wetter and cooler weather to come. Need some help with rugs? Take a look at my new rug help centre.
Wet weather wardrobe
Autumn is typically a wetter season, so make sure you have got the right gear to keep you dry like a good pair of wellies, a decent waterproof yard jacket and some gloves ready! Take a look at my article about wet weather riding wear if you need some tips.
Get those clippers ready
Dust off your clippers, get them serviced or your blades sharpened. Think about how much oil you need and make sure you've got some handy. Not sure which clip your horse needs? Read my guide on the best clip for your horse.
Autumn is a beautiful time of year, so make the most of the season with your horse and with plenty of time for riding in daylight hours. Remember though that winter is on its’ way, so use your time wisely now to prepare.
Do you have any extra tips to add? I'd love to hear from you!