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
"We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us."
Last edited by AtokaGhosthorse; 02-13-2019 at 12:38 PM.