Things They Never Tell You in Stable Management Books – Part 2

Feed me- it's ten minutes past diner time and I am starving!

Feed me- it’s ten minutes past diner time and I am starving!

Only an idiot wears uncovered white jodhpurs more than fives minutes before you have to get up on a horse

Expensive shiny black hoof polish does not come out of white jods. Been there, done that, have the cleaning products to prove it. Give up it’s not going to happen.

Ditto for bog mud

When cleaning out stud holes there will always always be one that is blocked by a little stone the exact size of the stud hole itself

Every yard has one ‘helpful’ person who will put hoof oil on a horse’s feet just before you need to pick them out or put studs in.

When you ride fantastically and your horse performs beautifully there will never be anyone around to see it happen. Fall on your ass once though and there will always be a crowd watching and someone with a camera.

Lists of things to bring to shows should always include the horse, horsebox, saddle and bridle.

It is possible, and painful to cut yourself with a clippers

Using iodine without gloves leads to Homer Simpson style fingers

Unless you want to look like a smurf from the arms down, don’t try to dye faded saddle cloths back to their original navy colour using cold dye, a bucket and a stick to stir it with.

While attaching all a saddle cloths straps to the saddle is correct, neat and safety conscious – unless the straps are the Velcro ones it is just infuriating to have to take it back off again in a hurry

Guns don’t kill people, a herd full of horses fed over an hour later than their usual feeding time kill people

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Posted on February 27, 2013, in Stable Management and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Many of our favorite pairs of cowboy boots have the black shiny hoof polish seal of approval on them…and I even somehow managed to have a horse splash me with the hoof polish (with a kick) and soak through every stone in my wedding ring. The jeweler had horses, so he understood, but was very impressed at the length of time it took to remove it all!

  2. “When cleaning out stud holes there will always always be one that is blocked by a little stone the exact size of the stud hole itself….”
    easy way to avoid it is after you take out stud, put cotton wool piece into hole. can use a bit of hoof oil to keep it hole in good condition. just before you need to place studs in, take shoe nail and take cotton out of it.. .. always worked for me for good few years when was grooming Int. showjumpers.

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