This is undeniably a difficult time for all of us. However, you could see this as an opportunity to get on with all of the jobs that you never seem to get around to on the yard.
Take some time to relax and enjoy spending quality time with your horse. After all, for so many of us they are our escape and our sanity in these challenging times. The yard can be your sanctuary in an unsettled world, a sheltered place where life’s true priorities are clear. When you step back you realise that it’s not just about the horses but it is so much more.
With that in mind we have put together a list of yard activities that you can do to curb that box rest boredom!
Have a pamper day… with your horse!
Grab yourself some shampoo, detangler and a pulling comb and get to work. You may be surprised to see that your bay is in fact a grey underneath! Now is the perfect time to give them a good pamper in time for the sunshine. Your horse will be definitely appreciated it.
Practice your plaits
Plaiting up always seems to be in a hurry the morning of a competition and each time we say to ourselves “I’ll give myself more time for the next competition” yet it never seems to happen. Why not take advantage of some free time and become the master of the plaits?
Clean out those cobwebs
As spring is just around the corner, take the opportunity to blow away some of those cobwebs that have been bugging you for months. You could try pulling up your matts and give your stables a good old sweep out. Tackle the tack room and get everything spic and span for summer.
Organise your rugs
As the sun is starting to make an appearance, it is the perfect opportunity to put some of the more heavy-duty winter rugs in the wash and away for storage. Dig out the fleece and have the fly rug at the ready, summer is incoming!
Everyone’s favourite pastime…the old poo picker! Bound to kill a few hours and your field will look better for it.
Clean your tack
Give your tack a good clean and inspection. Take your bridle apart and give it a clean and condition. Remove your bit and place it in hot water. Once clean give it a good inspection, check for any sharp edges that may cause discomfort.
Set schooling goals
If you are lucky enough to still be able to ride then you can use this time to really go back to basics. Focus on areas that you want to improve and write a training plan accordingly. Keep an eye out on our Facebook for our latest schooling tips from our sponsored riders!
Can’t get out to your horse?
If you are unable to get down to the yard then there never fear, here are some ideas of horsey activities you can do indoors…
- Get creative and make a name sign for your stable door.
- Print off images of your horse and create a collage.
- Create a training plan and set goals for when you can get back on board.
- Create a horsey blog and share stories of your equestrian journey.
We hope that this blog has given you some ideas to help you get kick some of the boredom away. Don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter for all of the latest updates from the Neue Schule team.
Stay safe everyone, and look out for each other.