This has been a very challenging week for me – work wise, emotionally, and mentally. But thank goodness for horses and for this blog, where I feel more compelled to dwell on fun, positive things than on the negative.
So, inspired by several of Karen’s posts at Bakersfield Dressage, here are my 5 barn things:
Sparkly pink crop – used to be my “show” crop, but I’ve since gained a modicum of traditionalist views…and a gelding! Now it’s my schooling whip and I save the black one for shows. Super easy to find if I accidentally leave it out in the ring!
Bucket in a Bucket – Sometimes you need a bucket, and you don’t want to have to empty a bunch of stuff out of it to use it. By storing my small bath bucket in a larger empty bucket, I don’t take up valuable space with an empty bucket, yet have a large bucket readily available.
White Vinegar – I use it to clean out feed tub, grain buckets, water buckets, and mixing spoons. I don’t dilute it – I just spray it on things full strength, then add water and either scrub or hose off. Its a powerful cleaning and antibacterial agent, yet completely non-toxic of course.
Oster brush – It is one of the mysteries of the universe as to why this brush works so much better than regular hair brushes. It doesn’t look especially high-tech, but I swear it brushes through tangles quickly, adds volume, and does not rip hair out!
Hair Moisturizer by Healthy HairCare – Though its name is quite generic, the product is not. I’ve been spritzing Hemie’s body 2 or 3 times a week and generously coating the tail. It works great as a detangler which is helping his tail grow out, but it’s also a nice coat conditioner making the hair feel softer and look shinier. You dilute it quite a bit – one part moisturizer to 8 parts water, so this little bottle lasts a while!
A bonus thing is in several of the above photos – pink electrical tape! I have pink electrical tape on pretty much all of my barn stuff. It helps me keep track of stuff that is mine and helps reduce my things going missing.