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post #1 of 21 Old 02-13-2019, 03:28 AM Thread Starter
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Lots of Random Horsekeeping Questions

I am new to having a horse. Lulu arrived on December 1st, 2018. My previous experience was riding lesson horses at a barn where all the horses were kept in a stall full time and my only experience caring for the horses was grooming and tacking up before a lesson. I do clean up after her daily or if life gets in the way I will occasionally skip a day but that is rare.

So a bunch of questions:

What times do you feed every day?
How often do you pick hooves?
How often do you groom?
How often do you rinse out water buckets and how often do you disinfect water buckets and feed bins? And what do you use to clean them?
How often do you clean leather tack and nylon halters/lead ropes and what about saddle pads? What do you use on bridles and saddles to keep them clean and conditioned?
How often do you clean bits?
Grooming brushes: Do you clean them?


I just want to make sure my mare is getting the best care possible.
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post #2 of 21 Old 02-13-2019, 07:53 AM
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I agist (or 'board' as you guys call it), so I can only go on what happens there:

What times do you feed every day? Horses are fed around 6/6.30am and 4.30/5pm.
How often do you pick hooves? Only when I ride
How often do you groom? Only when I ride
How often do you rinse out water buckets and how often do you disinfect water buckets and feed bins? Rinse them regularly, scrub when needed - if they're in the sun they'll probably need cleaning more often
And what do you use to clean them? Just water and scrubbing brush
How often do you clean leather tack and nylon halters/lead ropes and what about saddle pads? Tack I'm a bit slack in cleaning. Generally only clean saddles and bridles when I (well, my kids, I don't show) have a show. Bits I usually rinse off each ride. Halters I rarely wash. Saddle pads when they look like they need it.
What do you use on bridles and saddles to keep them clean and conditioned? A saddle soap to clean and a nice leather conditioner to add moisture back in
How often do you clean bits? Generally rinse after a ride, but if they get really grimy, then I soak for a little while to soften the gunk, then wipe clean.
Grooming brushes: Do you clean them? Not as often as I should! I just bang them on a solid post to remove excess dust, and comb thru my brushes to remove hair.

As for cleaning up after your horse, if it's in a paddock not picking up every day is fine, but if stalled or in a small yard, you'll want to make sure you clean it every day if possible.

Exciting time having your first horse. Enjoy :)
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post #3 of 21 Old 02-13-2019, 08:06 AM
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What times do you feed every day? Breakfast is served at around 5 a.m. and dinner is at 4:30 p.m.. They are out on pasture in between and have a round bale when needed.

How often do you pick hooves? Daily

How often do you groom? Daily

How often do you rinse out water buckets and how often do you disinfect water buckets and feed bins? And what do you use to clean them? Buckets are dumped and rinsed daily. Scrubbed out with soap & water and left to dry in the sun daily. Disinfected only if needed due to an illness.

How often do you clean leather tack and nylon halters/lead ropes and what about saddle pads? What do you use on bridles and saddles to keep them clean and conditioned? Leather tack is wiped down daily with a rag that's been sprayed with a dilute saddle soap. Oiled every couple of months. I use a liner under my saddle pads, so they very rarely need washing. The liner is washed daily and hung out to dry.

How often do you clean bits? Bits are wiped down with a damp rag daily.

Grooming brushes: Do you clean them? Yes. Weekly they're collected up and put in a bucket of soapy water (Orvus shampoo works great) and washed out, rinsed and then stood up to dry.
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post #4 of 21 Old 02-13-2019, 09:18 AM
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Fed: winter, about 8 am and 5 pm in the pasture most days
Summer, about 7 am and 6 pm in the pasture most nights

Hooves:I pick hooves as I work or groom

Groom: as time permits, or if I am working a horse or riding

Water buckets: rinsed if they are dirty

Cleaning tack: wiped after use, cleaned and oiled about every month.....more during the summer to remove sweat.
I despise nylon halters....donít have any. If my lead ropes get muddy, I toss them in a bucket with some shampoo.
I only clean bits if the look crusty, or I am going to a show.

Brushes: about twice a year, I toss them in a soapy bucket while I am bathing a horse.
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post #5 of 21 Old 02-13-2019, 10:10 AM
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What times do you feed every day?
morning: after my coffee and feeding the dogs, but before breakfast; evening: before dark, whenever that is.
How often do you pick hooves?
Every time I ride, or if I'm going through a lull, a few times a week, more if a horse is having some kind of issue, like a little thrush
How often do you groom?
same as picking out feet, above.
How often do you rinse out water buckets and how often do you disinfect water buckets and feed bins? And what do you use to clean them?
In summer they have a big tub, which only gets cleaned once a month or so. In winter when they have heated buckets in the stalls, every time they look grungy, which depends. My horses never get locked in stalls except in blizzards or something equally dire. They are free to come and go.
How often do you clean leather tack and nylon halters/lead ropes and what about saddle pads? What do you use on bridles and saddles to keep them clean and conditioned?
I wipe the sweat and dirt off my bridle after every ride, with a damp cloth. Ditto saddle. I set to and clean with saddle soap maybe every month in riding season. I will condition with Passier Lederbalsam then. But it depends. A muddy ride might mean a big clean up session. My tackroom doesn't have good air circulation and during last summer when it was so wet in the Northeast everything capable of mildewing did. Next year, a dehumidifier. I clean leather halters when they look grungy. I use a synthetic cord halter under my bridle for trail rides and it gets nasty quickly, I wash that in the sink. I don't think I've ever washed a lead rope. Saddle pads get laundered about once a month in riding season.
How often do you clean bits?
Every time I ride, without fail. With a scrubby dish pad and water, in a bucket. This is something that goes in my horse's mouth!
Grooming brushes: Do you clean them?
Not as often as I should, especially in winter. In summer I'll dunk them in a bucket occasionally.
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post #6 of 21 Old 02-13-2019, 10:46 AM
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Just want to add: it doesn't really matter what time you feed them their grain/mash/balancer/whatever, as long as you're consistent with your feeding times and they have hay and water available.
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post #7 of 21 Old 02-13-2019, 11:03 AM
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What times do you feed every day?

Horses that were in hard work got fed three or four times a day.
6a.m midday 5 p.m 10p.m



How often do you pick hooves?
Stabled horses twice a day, before going out on exercise and in the afternoon when groomed.


How often do you groom?

They would be brushed off before exercise and groomed thoroughly afternoons
How often do you rinse out water buckets and how often do you disinfect water buckets and feed bins? And what do you use to clean them?

as needed, scrubbed with a brush

How often do you clean leather tack and nylon halters/lead ropes and what about saddle pads? What do you use on bridles and saddles to keep them clean and conditioned?
Bridles were sponged down and conditioned after every ride, saddles every other day

How often do you clean bits?
After every use

Grooming brushes: Do you clean them?

Weekly, soap and hot water and stood to dry
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post #8 of 21 Old 02-13-2019, 12:32 PM
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DISCLAIMER: We also have cows, so a lot of what we do comes from more of a redneck practicality point of view.

What times do you feed every day? Hay is available in round bale form, 24/7. Unless the weather is stupidly cold, which for here is anything under 40F, we feed at 5:30 p.m. every day until the grass is in good, which is usually sometime at the end of March/Early April. When it's 'stupidly cold' - 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. I put out salt meal about once a week in the winter for them to enjoy as free choice. Keep white salt blocks out year around. I also top their feed off during the winter with rice bran and we have a mineral feeder in each pasture.

How often do you pick hooves? Highly dependent on the horse and how their hooves are. Generally, I check them every other day, pick them as needed.

How often do you groom? Not as often as I should. Usually right before we saddle up and right after we untack unless someone is getting 'grounded' for being naughty and not wanting to come to me in the pasture. Then they get to hang out with me at the tack room and get groomed and offered snacks. That tends to get them out of the Keep Away game pretty quick because it keeps them guessing as to why I want them. I usually play 'dress up' with said horse too... which also keeps them guessing. Therefore - I don't usually have a problem catching them. I actually have trouble running them OFF when I'm outside. :P

How often do you rinse out water buckets and how often do you disinfect water buckets and feed bins? And what do you use to clean them? We water from a pond unless it's getting low in a dry summer. Then we use the big black rubber troughs. I dump them and scrub them out with nothing but a tire brush, let them stand in the sun for a little bit, then refill them. Feed troughs are steel with drainage holes, so they don't get scrubbed out.

How often do you clean leather tack and nylon halters/lead ropes: Halters and lead ropes, never unless they're dropped in the mud or really, really gross. Then I just swish them around in a buck of hot water, rinse out, then hang to dry in the sun off the fence. If they're really bad, I toss them and start over with a new one. Caveat: We mostly use rope halters with attached leads.

And what about saddle pads? If its just hairy, I use my vacuum cleaner with the floor/carpet attachment. If it's soured... well. I'm gonna try the pressure washer trick this summer (Do not use soap! Always use plain water!)

What do you use on bridles and saddles to keep them clean and conditioned? I'm conflating the leather tack question in this answer. I wipe them down about once a week, ideally. I use Lexol cleaner and then condition them with Lexol conditioner. About once a year I scrub our saddles and breastcollars up with a toothbrush and hot water with a dab of Murphy's oil soap in it, let them dry over the weekend, then oil it all with Neetsfoot oil. Bridles - as they get nasty or start to feel stiff. I'm kinda...tactile... in my tack care. If it feels like it needs cleaning and conditioning, it gets it.

How often do you clean bits? When they get gross. Then I use a bucket of plain hot water, scrub with a toothbrush, hang up in the sun to dry.

Grooming brushes: Do you clean them? You're supposed to clean them? Not counting knocking the dirt and hair off on the bottom of your boot? (Seriously though - I've been lax on this but vow to do better. My plan is to keep a bucket of diluted bleach water handy and just toss them in there after we're done grooming, then rinse and let air dry.)

Uhm. Having read other responses - Don't do what I do. I'm clearly bad at my horsemomship. LOL
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post #9 of 21 Old 02-13-2019, 05:02 PM
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What times do you feed every day?
5am & 6pm

How often do you pick hooves?
If they are walking funny or have "mud shoes," rarely more than once a month, honestly

How often do you groom?
About once a month (been too wet to ride, I'm just doing the bare minimum)

How often do you rinse out water buckets and how often do you disinfect water buckets and feed bins? And what do you use to clean them?
Rinse if dirty, scrub with a splash of bleach if the rinse didn't remove the visible crud

How often do you clean leather tack and nylon halters/lead ropes and what about saddle pads? What do you use on bridles and saddles to keep them clean and conditioned?
I wash only when something is dirty, or I have a clinic/show to attend. Therapy Restorer & Conditioner if saddles/bridles get dirty.

How often do you clean bits?
One bit per horse, so no germs to transfer. I just wipe with a rag if it's a touch foamy, or scrub in a dash of bleach if needed.

Grooming brushes: Do you clean them?
I'll occasionally spray with a hose nozzle if they are a little dusty. I keep a 2nd set of "nice" brushes for use on my clean horse at clinics/shows. If someone ended up with a skin issue, I'd personally just buy new brushes rather then attempting to disinfect.

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post #10 of 21 Old 02-13-2019, 05:45 PM
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Well, let's see here:
What times do you feed every day?
Usually around 3-4 pm. Our horses too are on free choice round bales (under a shed) during the winter with winter rye grass seeded over part of the pasture.

How often do you pick hooves?
As needed,we look at their feet daily, and before riding.


How often do you groom?
During the winter, we don't, we don't ride in the winter. We start the grooming when they start shedding their winter coat, then when we are riding, before each ride.



How often do you rinse out water buckets and how often do you disinfect water buckets and feed bins?
We use a 50 gallon Rubber Maid stock tank with a "keep fill" attachment. TSC sells this wonderful item called Stock Tank Magic. It's a barley filled woven bag that keeps most all the gunk out for about 2 months in 50 gallons, so about every 2 months, I drain and brush out the tank and replace the bag. Also out tank in under a shelter.


And what do you use to clean them?
A tire scrubbing brush, just to loosen the crud and rinse out.



How often do you clean leather tack and nylon halters/lead ropes and what about saddle pads? What do you use on bridles and saddles to keep them clean and conditioned?
I clean the leather halters that stay in the barn as needed. We use "No Slip" saddle pads that just require a simple brushing off after use, if it's a hot sweaty day, wipe with a damp cloth and let dry. Our saddles and bridles stay in the house, so they get cleaned as needed. I use effax Leather-combi for cleaning, and the leather balm for extra conditioning. The leather-combi is a conditioner as well.


How often do you clean bits?
As needed, then with a damp cloth.


Grooming brushes: Do you clean them?
I just pull the hair out, knock them out and keep on going. We also use a large furminator during the shedding season to help with working down the thick coat.

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