Get Your Horse Ready for Spring and Summer with The Horse Barn
Keep your beloved horses healthy and happy this season with the most important tools and accessories needed for quality horse care and health. Getting ready for the riding season is an exciting time for equine enthusiasts, even though there’s a lot of work involved. Large supply stores such as The Horse Barn on Mt. Paul Way in Kamloops, offer shopping online for busy riders.
General grooming includes these procedures:
- Using a hoof pick to remove the impacted straw and manure from the horse's hoofs.
- Brushing the horse's coat to remove the dirt, mud and loose hair.
- Using a grooming cloth to polish the horse's coat and wipe its eyes, nostrils and muzzle.
- Try a mane comb to remove straw, hay or burrs from the horse's tail and mane.
- Insect repellent and traps to protect your horse from biting insects.
Flies, fleas and ticks are unwanted pests that cause discomfort and health issues for horses. Protecting your horse from biting, disease-carrying insects is an important part of keeping them healthy. Use a combination of strategies such as fly sheets, fly masks, and insect sprays. Flysheets are protective garments made from lightweight mesh that surrounds the horse's body and prevents insects from settling. Fly masks are masks attached around the face and ears of your horse to prevent buzzing insects from entering the ears or eyes. Insect sprays can be applied directly to the horse for long-term protection against bugs like ticks. The Horse Barn recommends Derfly insect repellent, that comes with a glove and is very effective in protecting your horse from bites. Pour the lotion directly on the glove and then wipe the horse’s coat evenly.
Clean Your Tack and Brushes
Now is the perfect time to get your tack in tip-top shape for the upcoming riding season. Inspect each item, checking rivets and buckles, looking for wear or damage that may have occurred over time or during transport. Clean the bridles, saddle, and protective gear to evaluate if replacements are needed. Shop online at the Horse Barn to pick up Lexol leather cleaner and conditioner that will preserve, strengthen and beautify your tack. It’s easy to use and budget friendly.
Curry combs and brushes can harbour bacteria, so giving them a good cleaning is important. Dunk brushes in warm soapy water to clean them, then rinse thoroughly. Set them out to dry in a warm, sunny place to dry before returning them to the tack room. In general, sharing horse brushes between horses is not a good idea. Keeping a separate set of grooming tools for each horse ensures that contagions are not spread between them. If a brush is too worn, they’re easy to replace with a new one. Check out The Horse Barn’s professional’s choice tail tamer wood horsehair brush.
For any health concerns beyond the scope of your knowledge, book an appointment with your veterinarian. Annual exams can help you keep on top of your horse’s health.
Visit The Horse Barn Online
Shopping online is an incredibly convenient way for equine enthusiasts to find what they need for their animals. The Horse Barn in Kamloops invites you to check out their online store today. You’ll find a large range of brands, and you can directly link to suppliers’ websites for reviews. Shopping online makes managing your inventory tracking from the comfort of your own home or office, a breeze. Online shopping saves time by shopping when it fits into your busy schedule - rather than making trips into Kamloops and hoping you’ll find what you need fast. And there’s free shipping for all orders over $200.
The Horse Barn processes all orders within 48 hours by Canada Post or pick-up from the store. The Horse Barn is proud to have supplied horse supplies and so much more, to local ranchers and farms in B.C.'s Thompson-Okanagan and Cariboo regions for over 35 years! Got a question about a product you want to order online? Call the store and speak to their friendly and expert staff. The company is known for their excellent service and after-sale support.