Winter can still be fun for both you and your horse with proper time management and planning.
Because there are less daylight hours during winter there is usually never enough time to do all the things you need to do, such as clean up the yard, prepare feeds and clean the stable before darkness settles in. Rushing to get all these chores done can cut into the time spent with your horse for special bonding by riding or grooming. With careful planning you can you don’t have to compromise time spent with your horse during the winter months.
Plan in advance
Weekends are a good time to plan for the coming week. Things like filling several hay nets can save time during the week. Assess your feed supplies and place orders to ensure that you do not run out of hay and always have plenty on hand. Check your local stock feed dealer’s trading times so you can place orders and arrange suitable delivery time. That way you will never run out.
If you share your yard and stables and with other horses owners why not share the workload? You could take turns in feeding or turning them out in the mornings. Ensure everyone can contact each other via mobile phones in case of emergency or inability to complete shared chores. The winter conditions can cause havoc with your vehicle. Be prepared for anything during winter.
You don’t have to have things perfect during winter. There are many ways in which you can save time and cut back on things that you do. For instance during the winter you don’t have to clean out the stables or replace bedding every week. Also your horse will be happy as long he gets a quick brush during the week instead of an entire grooming session.
Create a relaxed environment
If you are rushing around your horse will sense your urgency and this could cause stress for your animal. Be relaxed and take your time when you around your horse and allow your horses to move at their own pace.
Remember that we keep horses for enjoyment and pleasure so looking after them should not be considered a chore. When you spend time with your horse, focus your attention on them and you will get to know them well. It is not necessarily always about riding your horse. Spending quality time with your horse will make your bond stronger. Close contact with touch such as massaging your horse is a good idea during the winter months. Winter is just as good a time as any to bond with your horse.