Saving time on your yard routine is vital so that you can still enjoy time with your horse. Cutting corners shouldn’t mean your horse is any less well cared-for, so follow our guide to keep your horse in tip-top condition in the least amount of time.
• Never walk anywhere empty-handed to avoid making more trips than necessary.
• Keep a spare headcollar in your car so you can collect your horse from the field without first having to go to your stable.
• Wear a head torch in the field to check your horse over without having to bring him to the yard.
• Buy decent overalls so you can wear your work clothes underneath. You can then head straight to the yard from work, or vice versa.
• Although it’s not very sociable, time spent chatting at the yard eats into time with your horse, so use headphones to deter people from stopping you to chat.
• Consider deep littering so that you only remove the poo daily and the wet when you have more time.
• Trial different types of bedding to find what works best for your horse. There’s an array of wood pellets, shavings and straw-based varieties to choose from, so find what suits him, and you, best.
• Buy an efficient broom. Even if you’re only sweeping out your stable, doing it quickly could shave a couple of minutes off your chores.