While the weather may stop you from riding as often this winter, barn chores can’t always be put on hold. We’ve found some of our best products that will make winter barn chores less of a hassle and keep you warm too.
We always expect stable supplies to hold up even if used every day, but winter can be especially hard on stable equipment. With that in mind we’ve come up with some top picks that are both durable enough for every day, winter use and practical.
One of the worst parts of winter is frozen water buckets and it’s not always an option to have heated water buckets. The Dura-Tech® Strainer & Ice Breaker will make breaking and removing ice from your horse’s buckets easy. It can also be used the rest of the year for removing hay and other debris.
For cleaning stalls or taking hay out to the pasture both the Dura-Tech® Folding Wheelbarrow and the Multi-Purpose Muck Cart are lightweight and sturdy. The Folding Wheelbarrow has tires that roll easily over any terrain. While the Multi-Purpose Muck Cart can hold more weight and be used one handed.
If you’ve ever cleaned stalls in freezing temperatures, you know how important a durable manure fork is. The Dura-Tech® Platinum Manure Fork is guaranteed unbreakable for 5 years!
Clothing may not help make barn chores go any faster but being warm and comfy is half the battle for winter chores.
Winter barn chores often put us at a disadvantage, too much clothing and you’ll be to warm or too little and you’ll freeze once you’re done working. Wearing multiple layers can help alleviate this. The Noble Outfitters® Men’s Warmwear 1/4 Zip Hoodie and the Ladies Athena 1/4 Zip Long Sleeve Shirt are both great options for layering up to keep warm while doing barn chores.
Gloves may not seem that important but warm gloves and work gloves aren’t always one in the same. For winter they’ll need to be. The Equi-Star Fleece Gloves are both warm and with their reinforced palms can also handle any barn chore. For heavy duty work gloves the Mens and Ladies Tuffmate Goatskin Gloves are perfect. Don’t be deceived by how soft they feel, they’re made for barn chores or yard work.
Grooming in the winter isn’t always pleasant. You can’t bathe if there’s no hot water and often horses are dry and itchy with little relief.
You can bathe your horse no matter the weather with our new Insta-Hot® 2 Portable Horse Washing System. Whether at home or a show this winter you’ll have hot water whenever you need it, so no more cold baths.
For horses that are dry or itchy the Ultra® Nourishing Hair Moisturizer will help moisturize skin and hair, while also strengthening it. To help with shedding and everyday grooming the HandsOn Grooming Gloves are the ideal solution. You can use them on your horse’s face and body without having to switch between curries and they can also be used to enhance distribution of natural oils during bathing.
Keep warm and make your barn time hassle free with these items. For a wider selection of winter barn essentials, look at our complete guide.
Learn more about our winter riding essentials suggestions here.