Creating a Happy Home for All the Mammals

Horses in Sunrise

When life gets busy, we all fall behind on chores. It is even harder to keep up when you have horses to deal with and a home for your family to run. Efficiency is the key to success and the bigger the barn and house, the tougher it becomes. You have to make it your priority to get everything on a routine and then you have to stick to it. Without prioritizing, you will never manage to succeed at creating a happy home for all the mammals that live there.

Morning Comes Early on the Farm

Breakfast for FamilyEvery day there are animals and people that need to be fed. It is a fact of nature. On the farm, most people choose the early morning hours to take care of the first “feeding” of the day. It enables those on the farm to progress with their day and gives everyone a full stomach to do it on. Most horse owners get up before the sun does and takes care of the animals. Then as the sun breaks the horizon, they get to work inside the home to feel the family.

Daily Chores

It depends on the size of the barn and how many animals you have, but most barns need to be cleaned out on a daily basis. Let’s face it; you cannot house break a horse and it is a little unfair to keep them in a dirty stall. The less you clean it, the more insects you will have coming to visit their bedroom and if you had insects in your room, you would go searching for how to see bed bugs at night. Animals do not have that luxury. They depend on you to keep everything clean so that they can simply thrive. You may also have yard work to deal with, house cleaning to handle, and a variety of other tasks that must be done daily.

Horse FarmMost everyone will have an evening feeding time that you need to stick to. This will most likely happen during the late afternoon for animals and slightly later for the family inside. In either case, it is a great way to wind down and get started planning for anything out of the ordinary that may need to happen the next day.

Early to Bed, Early to Rise

Life on the farm is not easy. Farmhands can take some of the load off your shoulders, but in most cases, they will want to sleep just as early as you. That is why many horse lovers end up going to bed early in the evening hours. Many people feel that 11 PM is a late night and will leave them sleepy the next day. When you are caring for horses and spouses, children, and more; you will be ready for sleep at the end of the day. Without it, you will not be able to rise early to start your day. Farm life and a love of horses is a great thing, but you have to work out how to make everything run smoothly for yourself. If you don’t, you will never create a happy, healthy home for all of the mammals you care about, including yourself.

Horse Grooming

Take Care of Yourself and the Horse Will Follow

Horse GroomingAny horse owner can tell you that we all spend a lot of time and energy caring for our horses. It is something that goes beyond riding or brushing their mane. It is a full-time job and the more horses you have to love, the more of a job it will become. However, with that, most all of us realize that it becomes important to also take care of our own body. Jockeys who gain too much weight cannot ride in races, women with easily irritated skin shouldn’t spend their days in the sun, and more. Therefore, we are here to tell anyone who wants to get into caring for horses, “Take care of yourself and the horse will follow.”

Horse Matters

When caring for horses, most people do not realize all the effort that is required. There is grooming, shoeing, exercising, and constant worry. A horse that takes a wrong step may never be able to walk again. If their feet get achy, they have a harder time with being ridden. Their barns should be kept reasonably clean and they should always have easy access to grains, hay, and other stuff that is vital for their heath and well-being. Each breed of horse has special care needs and these needs may change depending on what the horse is used for. Virtually every horse owner has a vet that they trust on their phones speed dial. If a horse owner doesn’t take care of everything necessary, they will not have a health horse, but taking care of the horse also requires that they take care of themselves.

Personal Care

Horse and RiderMuch the same as your horse, a healthy diet can help you get through the roughest days. It is important that you eat all the fruits, vegetables, and proteins that your body needs. You should also do your best to take care of your skin since a lot of your day will be spent outdoors with your horse. One of the best things that I ever started doing was using a DIY face moisturizer with SPF on a daily basis. It has helped my skin look younger and I end up with fewer sunburns throughout the year.

It All Comes Together in the End

Loving HorsesAdmittedly, horses were once wild. They roamed the country freely and held their head up high. They survived without people. Now, they enjoy being around their humans. Although working animals, they are there for your pleasure. When they lived in the wild, they were not “unhealthy”, but injuries could make the difference between life and death. They ate what they needed to eat and went wherever they needed to go. As your horse, they depend on you to provide for their needs. They need for you to ensure they have a healthy diet and that they are able to run freely. You can only help them and care for them by caring for yourself. If you care for yourself, they will be happier and healthier. It is a win/win situation for you both.

Better Care of Our Horses

Taming BeautyWe are always looking for a better way to run our farm. We look for upgrades constantly to try and keep our horses comfortable and make every other aspect of running it more efficient. This is because we do not take chances. We need to understand where we stand financially when we have to travel for races and make sure our animals are happy. Taking better care of our horses is our primary goal and something that we feel makes us a better team in every way.

Why We Strive to Do It

Horse BarnHorses are not just animals. They are majestic creatures that roam the wild if not tamed by us. It is a pleasure knowing that they allow us to tame them and ride on them. It is a joy feeling their power under us and seeing them perform well in a race. Therefore, we feel that we owe them all the comfort that we can provide to them and do whatever we can to make our farm run smoothly enough that we can enjoy time with them. In ways, we feel that by taking better care of them, we will have happier horses who are glad that they came to us, which in turn makes them work harder when we need them to.

High End Stable Example

Our Newest Efforts

solar generator on trailerWhen most people think of a barn, they picture stalls, hay, and various grooming devices. We do have all of those things for the horses on our farm. Our barns are spacious and comfortable. We have power run to the barn and attempt to keep it well lighted when we need to. We also like making sure that it is comfortable inside the barn for both people and horses, which means fans and portable heaters. We do understand that horses are wild creatures, so it could be more for our benefit than theirs, but it seems to work. Since we also spend quite a bit of time traveling, our trailers are also comfortable for the horses. They have clean hay at all times and our trailers are equipped with a mobile solar power generator. During times when we stop for food, our horses still enjoy a fan and a pump puts fresh water for them to drink into a water trough inside the trailer.

Our Success

Happy HorsesSince we began attempting to make things on the farm more efficient and providing more extreme comfort measures for our animals; our success rate has increased. Our horses seem to perform better on race day and our friends who help us run the farm are also happier about being with us. Everyone seems to work better as a team. With our upgraded computer programs which make tracking finances and schedules easier, we are also able to remain more proficient, which gives us more time to spend with our friends and animals. We have discovered that when everything runs smoothly, there is more time to enjoy the animals that we fell in love with years ago. It makes it easier for us to focus more of our energy on the basics; our pure love of racing thoroughbreds.