6 horsey jobs to do in September

6 Horsey Jobs To Do In September

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.

Yard maintenance

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. Have you got rugs that need a bit of TLC before the winter? I know sometimes bits of your rug wear out or get broken, repair or replace it with an item from our extensive range of rug accessories.

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 our wet weather riding collection

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.

And finally…..

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!

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Author

Kim Horton

Co-Founder of EQUUS and a keen equestrian, when Kim's not at her desk she's with her horse, Waldo.

Comments

  • Andrea deane posted on September 05 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Always look fwd to your email started feeding hay for about 8 weeks. Now feeding shirt feeds. Lucky I have all cobs

  • Areina Taylor posted on September 05 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Your site is an invaluable source of information and help to us newby horse owners. Thank you.

  • Trish Fryer posted on September 08 2019 at 06:09 PM

    Always enjoy your blogs, full of extremely useful information. As you say tackling jobs early makes the thought of winter not quite so daunting. Many thanks.

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