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50 Horseback Riding Problems Duct Tape can Fix

Whether you have a ripped hay bag or a damaged water bucket, chances are, duct tape can repair your problems in a pinch.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

Duct tape has a reputation for being the solution to all problems, even horse-related ones. Nowadays, you can don duct tape of any color, pattern or animal print. But no matter how many times the color changes, there’s one thing that stays the same: Duct tape can fix (almost) all tangible problems.

So, we’ve compiled several ways you can use duct tape as an easy fix-it for your horseback-riding needs. Next week, we’ll feature more uses for the sticky tape, including some from you! Visit AQHA on Facebook and tell us how this money-saving invention has helped you or your horse throughout the years.

Until then, check out these 50 uses for duct tape:

    •  Tape up a leaky hose.
    • Label stalls with horses’ names, feeding needs, turnout instructions, etc.
    • Repair busted feed sacks.
    • Make an instant belt or suspenders when you leave your real ones at home.
    • Apply to reins so beginning riders will know where to hold their hands.
    • Tape over baling twine when using it as an emergency rope.
    • Hold together broken side mirrors on a truck or tractor - or even windshields.
    • Emergency repair of broken cross ties.
    • Tape handles on buckets to prevent your horse’s mane, tail or nose from getting caught.
    • Patch holes in bottom of bucket.

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    • Waterers – If they get kicked, duct tape can hold them together.
    • Create permanent lines for a grid on the barn’s dry erase message board.
    • Apply to leg wraps when the Velcro strips rip off.
    • Use as a substitute Band-Aid (with gauze covering the wound).
    • Remove horse hair from your clothes when you don’t have time to change after doing barn chores or riding.
    • Taping some foam rubber to stirrups for to add extra “cush” for long rides. Or add a block to stirrups that are too short and secure with duct tape.
    • Use to secure a diaper on a hoof as a poultice.
    • Repair pitchforks.
    • Repair broken brushes and combs.
    • Patch up torn seat on tractor, truck or other chairs.
    • Hold your dashboard in place.
    • Stick over tops of nail heads in stalls, or over other sharp objects.
    • Hold up posters and notes in the barn.
    • Tape fingers to avoid blisters while trying the practice dummy.
    • At a sale, wrap duct tape around the cheek side of the horse’s halter and then write his lot number on the tape. That way, people will know which horse to look up. This is easier than gluing numbers to horses.
    • Cover trailer door hinge so horse won’t cut hip when backing out.

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    • As a name tag, stuck on your saddle pad, for clinics.
    • Add padding to the inside of your western hat that’s too big.
    • Hold on faulty windshield wipers.
    • Secure extension cords for fans/lights, etc., on stalls at shows so the extra cord isn’t a safety hazard.
    • Create makeshift hay hooks by wrapping duct tape around the wire on bales of hay.
    • While waiting for the veterinarian to arrive, hold together a wound that needs to be sutured.
    • Wrap around the base of a travel coffee cup to make it more stable in the truck’s cup holder.
    • Wrap around frayed lead rope ends to keep them under control.
    • Emergency fan belt repair on truck.
    • Temporarily use to hold a bit in place when a headstall is missing screws.
    • If your horse normally chews off bandages, duct tape applied over the closures will discourage chewing.
    • Repair damage to leather couch in R.V. after puppy chews it up.
    • Wrap a whip back together after your horse chews it up for a snack.
    • Wrap around bell boots to make them last longer.