When the rain is driving down and you’re sliding through mud to catch your horse, who is wearing a drenched turnout rug, it’s easy to question why it was such a good idea to own a horse at all. But with our five tips for staying sane in the rain, miserable winter weather can be a little bit more bearable.
1. Prepare your gateways
Taking action sooner rather than later is your best bet when it comes to not spending all winter dealing with excessively poached gateways, but if it’s already too late for that, there are things you can do to fix muddy gateways in horse paddocks. Options include laying down hardcore or field mats designed to prevent poaching in the gate area. A cheaper option is to use electric tape to fence off the gateway so horses don’t always wait in the same area.
2. Invest in a plastic hay feeder
3. Check for rain scald
If your horse is not rugged up, keep an eye on their skin to check they are not suffering from rain scald. If they is susceptible to the condition, prevent it by putting a suitable weight rug and ensuring there is a field shelter or natural shelter so that they can escape the rain.
4. Make a plan for drying rugs
Establish a drying area with rug racks for soaked rugs and make the most of any sun we do get to air them. Many owners will leave turnout rugs on their horses when they come in, as long as the water has not leached through to the inside, allowing the horse’s natural warmth to aid the drying process. Or invest in a dedicated rug drier to dry your rugs for you.
5. Use your time wisely
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