10 Hacks for Winterizing Your Barn

10 Hacks for Winterizing Your Barn

Take these tips and do a run-through with them before the winter months are upon us.

horse herd running in the snow (Credit: Sabrina Lisowec)

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By AQHA Digital Media Team

Take these tips and do a run-through with them before the winter months are upon us. You will thank yourself in the long run when you realize that you already have precautions covered when that first storm sneaks up.

1. Arrange your feed room so supplies last. 

When your feed room is organized for maximum ventilation, you'll keep mold at bay and allow yourself the ability to stock up on grain to get yourself through a snow storm. Try these feed room ventilation tips from AQHA Corporate Partner Nutrena.

2. Foam pool tubes are your friends.

Pool noodles also work great for quick insulation on pipes and hoses, plus they double as cord protection.

3. Fix what needs to be fixed before winter hits.

If you notice a loose board, a crooked stall door or a tilted fence, fix it before winter hits. That way if something goes wrong, you won’t be grumbling out in the ice and snow . Doing these fixes now also gives you a chance to take a look around and see if there are going to be projects come springtime.

4. What about your trusty barn cats?

Follow the pin to find a DIY cat house. It’s simple, fast and effective.

5. Organize horse blankets.

Through the winter months, your horse may be in and out of a blanket. Try a solution to air out and dry horse blankets while keeping them organized.

6. Say “adios” to frozen water buckets.

This DIY insulated water bucket warmer will be a lifesaver for winter horse care.

bucket warmer

7. Or, try water jugs to help break the ice in a water trough.

It happens – sometimes you just don’t have time to install an elaborate freeze-free system. With this hack, all you need is an empty jug and salt water, then your horses will have easy access to water.

8. Protect your tack from mildew.

If you deal with dampness throughout fall, winter and spring, you’ll want to invest in a pack of Damp Rid. The hanging bags are especially handy; you can stick them in amidst your bridles.

9. Seal tack room and barn doors against cold drafts.

There’s those handy pool noodles again! You can cover pool noodles and use as a draft stopper for your tack room door. (Don't want to craft a draft-stopper together? This draft stopper from Amazon is a quick fix.)

10. Spray your snow shovel with your favorite horse hair polish.

A grooming product, like Farnam's Laser Sheen,  can prevent snow from sticking as you shovel around the barn.


Feeding Horses in Winter: Tips from the Experts

Cold, winter weather requires certain attention to ensure horses maintain weight through the winter months. AQHA Corporate Partner Nutrena shares advice for Cold Weather Care and Feeding of Horses and Winter Care for your Senior Horse

Nutrena is one of the world's largest equine nutrition companies, feeding more than one million horses per day. Nutrena feed isn’t just grown, it’s crafted. Real science goes into putting the nutrients animals need into each Nutrena feed product. Whether you’re caring for working horses, hard keepers, or athletes, there’s a Nutrena horse feed that’s right for them.

Visit  www.aqha.com/nutrena to learn more about Nutrena's SafeChoice, ProForce, Empower, Triumph and more Nutrena horse feed products.