Transitioning from Fall to WinterBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · August 1, 2010
Summer mowing and fence-row trimming may be over for another year, but there are always plenty of farm and barn chores to do as seasons change. Ending the active show and training season means cleaning, oiling, repairing, and storing tack and harness that won't be used until spring; cleaning out the horse trailer and parking it out of the way (after scheduling floor replacement, brake check, and other maintenance if needed); and making sure summer fly sheets, fly masks, and shipping boots are clean and in good repair.
Looking into winter, be sure hay is stored in a dry place; outdoor water lines and hoses are drained or winterized; water tank heaters are in place and operating properly; fences and gates are in good shape; and barns are ready for winter occupancy. Stalls may need to be leveled, wiring checked, light bulbs replaced, tack rooms and feed storage areas cleaned, and liquids and medications moved to a frost-proof area.