If you’re thinking about what supplies to order for the next time you spend time in your barn, then you might want to add some of the below items to your shopping list. These seven everyday items can be very useful around the barn.
The uses for duct tape around your barn are only restricted to your imagination. Duct tape is one of those must-have barn supplies. You can use duct tape for temporarily patching torn blankets, covering the dangerous ends of water buckets, creating a tough hoof patch, labeling items, and more.
Baby Rash Ointment
Keep a bottle of baby rash ointment, such as Desitin, on hand. Baby rash ointment can be used to help prevent scratches, since it repels water. You can also use the ointment to help keep flies out of wounds during the summer.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is helpful for cleaning and scrubbing water buckets and water troughs. It has a fresh, inviting smell, which encourages horses to drink, but it also does a great job at attacking the algae that so often forms in buckets.
If you need to put weight on your horse, corn oil is an affordable and simple way to do it. Adding some corn oil to your horse’s feed daily helps to increase his caloric intake, leading to weight gain. Corn oil can also help to bring out a beautiful shine in your horse’s coat. Before you start to feed corn oil, make sure that your horse’s weight isn’t the result of a physical condition. Speak with your vet about appropriate amounts of oil to feed, or about other supplement options to help your horse gain weight.
Baby oil can make it easier to remove knots and objects from your horse’s tangled tail. It works similarly to conditioner and makes your horse’s tail hair slippery, so you can untangle it without breaking hairs.
Rubbing alcohol can be used to make a liniment-type brace to help pull heat from your horse’s body and to soothe tired muscles. It’s also useful to have around for disinfecting thermometers.
There are countless uses for baking soda around the barn. You can use baking soda to scrub out dirty water buckets and water troughs. You can also use baking soda to wash horse blankets, saddle pads, and even to scrub down stall walls. Finally, sprinkle baking soda over the urine spot in a stall to help neutralize the smell.