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6 horsey jobs to do in September

Posted on 09 September 2017 by Kim

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. 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.

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!

What is the best clip for my horse?

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

  • Amanda Hawkes posted on September 10 2017 at 06:09 AM

    another tip….make sure you have a few hay suppliers lined up! my ponies live out and have hay in the winter when grass is in short supply

    ps thankyou for the tips above…we started yesterday on winter prep!

  • Caroline Jenkins posted on September 10 2017 at 11:09 AM

    Yes I started yesterday preparing fields for resting and fertilising ready for winter… rugs bedding and hay all organised … so plenty of time to enjoy my horse hopefully …great ideas thank you for article …. anyone else got there horse in at night rugged in a lightweight as temp suddenly dropped ? Have a sensitive tbx?

  • nicky machin posted on September 11 2017 at 12:09 PM

    Hi, great tips thanks. I am also purring a water butt in my feed room and filling it up with fresh water. I also have one outside for washing buckets in the rain water. If the temp drops and the pipes freeze the outside tap, hopefully my indoor water butt will keep me going.
    Just thinking about bringing mine in at night now…. temp is dropping and the wind and rain picking up!

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