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Winter Time Saving Tips for the Horse Owner

Riding Holidays

The nights are drawing in, the temperature is beginning to fall... we're heading for that time of year again! Winter can be a challenge for the most dedicated of horse owners, so we've put together a few simple winter time saving tips for the horse owner, to make the season a little more bearable.

    • If you don't have time for a full schooling session, or it's too dark or icy for roadwork, a short 20 minutes on the lunge can help your horse stay fit and will allow him to stretch his legs.

 

    • Invest in a quantity of 5 or 6 haynets. Fill them up in advance on a Sunday to save time during the week!

 

    • Develop a rota system. Get together with other horse owners on the yard and draw up a rota to turn out and bring in for each other on set days.

 

    • Keep an eye on the weather forecast and make sure you have a supply of rock salt on hand for those slippery concrete walkways.

 

    • Buy a set of overalls, available online or from most agricultural suppliers and farm stores. These can go straight over your day clothes and save you getting changed.

 

    • Buy a cheap plastic ball to place in water-troughs. This doesn't always prevent freezing if the temperatures really plummet but it can certainly help allow your horse access to drinking water.

 

    • Keep a torch and a spare set of batteries in your car for checking your horse over in the field. Wind-up or LED lanterns are also great to have on hand. Even if your yard has electric and is well lit, rural areas are notorious for power-cuts in winter... be prepared!

 

    • Mix (dry) morning feeds the night before. Buy bucket covers to keep feed, vermin and dust-free.

 

    • Purchase an economy double duvet (available in most supermarkets). They make a great, cheap, emergency stand-by (to go underneath quiltied rugs) if temperatures fall. Even though they are sheltered from the elements, stable kept horses have limited movement, so can get chilly on on icy cold night.

 

  • Consider deep-littering during the week, with a good clear out, wash and disinfect of the stable on a Saturday. This not only saves time but can keep the stable a little warmer.

 

 

TOP TIP: BOOK A RIDING HOLIDAY!

Whether you head off in search of winter sun, snowy trails, or perhaps take the opportunity to learn a new skill on a dressage or polo holiday, a short-break away will leave you refreshed and ready to cope with the remainder of the long, drawn-out UK winter.

Winter Riding Holidays in Sweden

    • Embrace the snowy season with a winter riding holiday. Head north and enjoy an adventurous trail ride through winter’s eerie frozen magic. Consider Finland, Iceland or the spectacular Swedish Lapland.

 

  • Head south for some winter sun. European destinations such as Southern Spain and Portugal are generally milder and offer a brief respite from the sub-zero chill of the UK. Alternatively, South Africa has some fantastic opportunities for sunny riding, and December and January are exceptionally hot and dry in Colombia.

 

 

Riding Holidays in Spain Beautiful trail riding in Andalucia!
riding holidays in colombia The spectacular Coffee Triangle of Colombia.

 

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