Seven Preparations for the Spring Season
Now that Spring fever has arrived and everyone is itching to be back out under the golden sunshine, it is time to start thinking about getting Spring ready!
Here are seven ways to get you and your horse ready for the Spring season:
1. Body Condition
Have you checked your horses body condition score? Determine if they lost or gained any weight over the winter that needs to be adjusted.
If you want to check your horses body condition score click here
Is your horse overdue for any vaccinations? They may be due for a checkup! Check on your horses current shots, teeth floating or any needed sheath cleaning.
If you need a reminder on what vaccinations your horse needs click here
3. Winter Blankets
Now that the sun is shining it is time to wash and store that winter blanket! We recommend Happy Horse Equine Laundry. They help with laundry and repair and will even come pick up your gear!
If you would like to contact Happy Horse Equine Laundry you can call them at 651. 491. 3088
4. Trail Ride Planning
It is that time of year again to start daydreaming and planning all of those trail rides you want to get in this summer. Most trails open on May 1st. Our personal favorite is Three Rivers Park District trails for their accessibility and variety of landscape.
For more information visit Three Rivers Park District
5. Feeding Options
Now that you have determined your horse’s body condition score, it is time to adjust your feeding plans if needed. Does your horse need to lose or gain weight? Will you be working your horse more this season?
We love Purina products at our barn because they have many feed options depending on your horses needs.
Here is some more information on different feed options:
6. Learn a New Activity with Your Horse
I want to learn it all and do it all! Who’s with me?!
Here are a few fun things you could learn with your horse this riding season.
> Fox Hunt : Running through the forest with cute dogs, sign me up! Long Lake Hounds
> Polocrosse : It is both family and beginner friendly. Practice is held near the Ranch in Afton.
> 4H : A little something for everyone. Washington County 4H
> Mounted Archery : Because we all know the inner goddess that is deep within you wants to shoot arrows off of a pegasus. Crow River Archery
> Endurance Riding : Physical fitness for both the rider and their horse. MnDRA
7. New Gear
We can’t forget about NEW GEAR!! Spring is the perfect time to get those new riding clothes and tack you have always wanted.
Here are some products I am currently loving.
Ariat Boots - especially the fleur boot.
Kerrits Riding Tights - I choose Kerrits for their superior quality and excellent comfort. Pro tip: snag a pair on ebay for half the price.
Rawhide Saddle Bag - for the best quality and storage.
Bitless Leather Sidepull - Your horse will thank you for going bitless. I like Buckaroo Leather brand for sidepulls.