If you are in self-isolation or spending less time at the barn because of COVID-19, this list should help keep your mind off of it and get you and your horse ready for spring.
- Clean and condition tack thoroughly.
- Inspect for cracks and stretching and have any damage repaired. Replace tack as needed.
- Check your saddle’s fit or plan to have a saddle fitter come out when possible.
- Disinfect your brushes, especially your hoof pick, and brush box.
- Go through your horse products and throw out the very old/expired ones.
- Fix and wash your horse’s winter blankets.
- Pull out your rain sheets and inspect them for tears. Waterproof as needed.
- Go through your riding clothes to see if they still fit or need to be replaced.
- Clean your winter boots and prep them to put them away. Take your summer boots out and inspect them.
- Check your helmet’s expiry or manufacture date. They should be replaced every 5 years or after a fall.
I hope this helps during this trying time. Let me know how far you get down the list.
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