Winter for most horse owners and riders isn’t welcomed with open arms (We are all too busy hugging ourselves to keep warm!) However, with a little bit of forward planning we can survive sub zero temperatures and dare we say it.. a bit of the white stuff.
In this feature, Golly Galoshes, your all weather equine gaiter share their top tips for surviving winter!
If the yards water pipes are prone to getting frozen, then insulating them can help but if that’s not an option, filling up the kettle and water travel tubs means you can get on with early morning chores and grab a cuppa even if they don’t defrost until lunchtime.
The team here are big fans of pocket hand warmers and ski wear for thin but effective under layers to help keep warm as temperatures plummet. A hot water bottle stuffed up your jumper is also great for sitting and teaching lessons.
If time and light are limited then adapt your schooling routine to ensure you use your time constructively. Mucking out early in the morning before work, preparing haynets and feed for the evening will allow you to have more time to ride and less time on chores. The same goes for the weekend, if you have room in the barn, pre-filling haynets for the week could save valuable time during the week.
Whilst the weather forecast can never be 100% correct, keep an eye out for bad weather and don’t risk taking a long ride out if high winds, monsoon rain, fog or snow are forecast. Apart from being dangerous, the last thing you need is your horse with wind up his tail (literally) or getting lost in the fog…
Invest in some good quality waterproofs for yourself and your horse. Nothing is worse than being cold AND wet! Our gaiters are waterproof and breathable and will keep your horse’s boots and bandages clean and dry so you have less drying and less horse washing this winter.
Whatever the weather, enjoy the winter with your horse as best you can!
Golly Galoshes: www.gollygaloshes.com