Now is the time of year to get start to get ready for the winter months, Here's a list of things to do at this farm, anyway. Feel free to add anything I may have forgotten.
1) Last month, I actually did this, cleaned the horse blankets, which wasn't easy, however, I did it to the best of my ability and brought blankets upstairs and sprayed outside of blankets with Scotch Guard, figured it wouldn't hurt and may help to repel the wetness. Always worry about that since my blankets are a couple of years old.
2) Next on list is to super clean all troughs and check heaters, make sure they are working or perhaps go out and buy a new one.
3) Today, we'll be replacing outdoor light near where horses and goats are with motion detector light as our coyote population becomes way more apparent in the winter.
4) I have a tarp I use on north side of the fence between goats and horses because often they'll stand there. It makes a great wind break and I need to add another one to make it just that much longer of a wind break.
5) Stock up on feed and hay, which I have done already.........I'll need more as the months pass, but that's how it goes.
6) I've kept up with my shelter this year, but need to consider as it get colder, getting some straw to lay out in it for the colder months, also I lay out straw in front of the before mentioned tarp area they like to stand in.
7) Fall shots, which I need to schedule their appointment for or see if I can just pick them up at the Vet's office and give them myself.
8) And always the normal stuff that goes along with horse keeping year round, hoof trims, etc. . That really doesn't change does it.
9) Also, I keep my water troughs up on cement blocks to keep them off the ground and replace any winter items needing replacing.
It all has become so routine, not sure if I missed anything, but we have to hunker down here in the winter as you can see from the picture. Not to mention, winterizing our own home.