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post #1 of 11 Old 01-18-2015, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Horse Hacks?

I'm sure by now everyone has heard of these "amazing life hacks", that you can find in pretty much any category.
Life hacks make life itself simpler and easier.
Although I was wondering if anyone out there had horse hacks? No I don't mean hacks as in riding out, but just little tips that make things easier.
Like for ex;
This mixture of this item makes a great fly spray.
Or
Relaxing your back makes it easier to sit a very bouncy trot.

Thank you
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-18-2015, 01:48 PM
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An amazing life hack regarding horses goes like this - "Less is more!" and "Keep it simple!" People tend to leave tons of time and money in special equipment, tons of supplements and various feeds, gadgets and just stuff, while most horses are perfectly happy with a simple, roughage based feeding which is appropriate to their natural needs, a block of salt or some loose salt, clean water, large pastures or paddocks in which to romp in 24/7, a few horsey buddies to play and socialize with, and a patient, forgiving handler. It really saves resources if a single horse has nothing more than a saddle, a halter and a bridle, all the hay he can eat and maybe one fleece rug for walking off in cold weather. :)
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post #3 of 11 Old 01-18-2015, 01:53 PM
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Two things I can think of that probably most people know, but what the heck.

Rubber maid totes. Great for storage, but I also keep one with my hay as its great for loading hay nets. Just put the hay net inside with the top folded down around the edge if the container, like putting a garbage bag in a can. Load hay, pull up on string. Easy peasy. Also, excellent for carting water from the barn when hoses are frozen as the lid prevents loss of water when going over bumps.

Ziploc bags for horse feed/supplements. Owner of horse can portion out exactly what they want horse to have and BO/barn help can just dump in feeder, or on top of beet pulp or whatever the barn usually feeds.
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post #4 of 11 Old 01-22-2015, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Great suggestions so far!
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post #5 of 11 Old 01-22-2015, 07:30 PM
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Using a small bucket to carry your grooming tools. Easier to carry than trays, easier to get stuff out of than totes, and cheaper than both.
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post #6 of 11 Old 01-22-2015, 08:31 PM
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Oh boy, lets see.

1. Retractable clothesline: This can be pulled out to hang sweaty saddle pads, blankets, or hang damp horse laundry.

2. Pre-loaded hay nets: I'll fill up a weeks worth of hay nets on the weekend and have them ready to go in the mornings and/ or nights.

3. Pre-portioned hard feeds: Grain, pellets, etc can all be weighed and put into bags or my favorite Tupperware/ plastic storage containers. (I like these better than bags as they last longer and are easier to wash.)

4. Baby wipes: these can be used to clean you up or the horse, are disposable, and pre-moistened.

I've got more, but I can't think of them right now.
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post #7 of 11 Old 01-22-2015, 08:52 PM
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I use old socks or socks that have been without mates for a while for rags. They fit over your hand and are great for cleaning tack, cleaning faces, cleaning sheaths, etc. When they get to gross I don't feel bad about throwing them away. With seven people in my family we end up with a lot of worn socks.
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post #8 of 11 Old 01-23-2015, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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Have to like all these up amazing!
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post #9 of 11 Old 01-23-2015, 05:13 PM
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Time saver: teach your horse to pick up all four feet from one side. Makes nightly feet picking in quickly fading light super quick!

HC87 took one of mine: fill up a few days worth of hay nets at once and have them ready to go.

Old traffic cones or pylons with the tops cut off make great, inexpensive (or free) crop and whip holders. You can paint them to make them not quite so conspicuous.

Keep a strainer by the trough and skim debris out daily to help keep it clean and extend the time needed between thorough scrubs.
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post #10 of 11 Old 01-23-2015, 08:07 PM
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I do most of my hacking with a good sharp machete. Sometimes I use a sling blade or a big brush hook. For those really tough hacks, I fire up the chainsaw.
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