Keeping Your Tack Area Organized & Clean

Keeping your tack are clean and organized at all times is REALLY hard. There is always the 3 Ms, Mice, Mold, and Mud, present no matter what. So these are my 5 tips and trick to keep your tack area clean and organized without breaking the bank!

 

1. Invest In Some Plastic Bins!

Rubbermaid bins are so great for just about everything. I store saddle pads, bonnets, polos, open front boots, and really just about everything in them. As long as you keep them closed and not overflowing with things, they are perfect for keeping mice, mud, and mold off. I got an assortment of sizes to fit all of the stuff I have to spoil my ponies. I have 2 large Sterilite® Ultra™ 70 Quart Clear Storage Tubs (found at your local Target for $8.99) to hold all of my saddle pads and other fabric wear items like stall guards. I can fit almost all of my saddle pads in 1 bin but of course, you can never have too many saddle pads, so I always have room in my second one for more. Folding is your best friend for sure! I also have the Sterilite® Clearview Latch™ 15 Quart Storage Bin (found at your local Target for $3.64). This bin I use for holding all of my polos and open front boots as well as my extra spurs and such. I have a little section separated off to be my catch all for little things.

2. Get A Grooming Tote That Can Latch!

Having a grooming tote with a lid and that latches may seem like a burden but it is actually one of the best purchases I have made! It makes it unappealing for people to steal what is inside (some have lock options) and deters mice from getting in there and nesting or leaving behind anything on your brushes. If you are like me and have a nosey pony like Pearl who likes to touch just about everything, having a lid and latch prevents them from getting into it! Though it may bulk up what you have to carry, it is definitely worth it in the fact that they are easier to clean and can hold more. My recommendation is the Ascot II Grooming Box (found here for $24.99). It holds up great for daily wear and tear and holds a TON of stuff.

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3. Keep All Your Tack On Racks & Off the Floor!

The first place that your tack will pick up mold is from the ground. By having your tack elevated off the floor and not dragging, it is way less likely for it to mold. If the floor isn’t the cleanest in the world, then your tack can get muddy if it sits or drags on the ground as well. And of course those pesky mice! Those little buggers will nibble on just about anything and that includes tack that is hanging on the ground. I also recommend that you get covers or bags for your tack that can keep even more stuff of of it. My favorite place is E.C Equestrian which you can find here for high quality and handmade stuff!

 

4. Treats Need To Go In Their Own Airtight Container!

Mice like food. And the least amount of effort that they have to put in to get it, the better. So keep your treats in an airtight container that is hard, thick plastic.  Since it is airtight, no mice are drawn to it and if they stumble upon it, they have no way of getting in mice the plastic is too hard and thick for their little teeth to chew through. I have an IRIS USA Airtight Pet Food Container in the 10lb size (found at your local farm store for ≈$9.99).   Also, I can put fresh horse treats that I make in there and don’t have to worry about mold!

 

5. Monogram Or Write Your Name On Everything!

Sadly, people like to steal stuff. So I like to monogram all of my brushes and stuff as well as write my name on stuff I can’t monogram. Any vinyl monogram will work and sharpie does too!

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I hope that these tips and tricks help you guys to keep your tack area clean and organized! If you ever have any questions feel free to DM me on instagram @equestrian.syd !

 

Until Next Time Preps,

Sydney & The Ponies

The PonyApp: New Tech For An Evolving Equestrian Community

Recently, a lot of different companies have been coming out with apps for iPhones and Androids that are tailored towards equestrians. Some of the most well known are All Ears App and PandaHAUS Equestrian. But, one recently launched app has been trailblazing with popularity among professionals, The Pony App.

The Pony App “…engages all parties involved in daily horse care. We help you stay organized outside of the arena so that you can focus on staying in the saddle.” The app does this by breaking down everything that is horse related into categories that help you stay organized. It has many different features that include, Spotlight, My Stable, and Invoices. I have been trialing this app for about 2 months now and now have integrated it into my regular training program. Since I have 3 horses at the moment, it allows me to keep track of everything that they are up to.

 

My favorite feature of this app has to by My Stable. It has allowed for me to keep track of all my horse’s activities, manage expenses, set reminders for routine services, take notes about the horse, and upload X-Rays, Passports, etc to a gallery for safe keeping. Using the activities section I record all of my lessons and liberty training sessions so that I can note our progress from point A to point B. I use the reminders section in conjunction with the expenses section to make sure I know when to write checks for services like the farrier or annual vet visits. In the Gallery section, I upload photos of Coggin’s Tests, any x-rays that have been taken, and dated confirmation photos so that if I ever need them, there is quick and easy access to them. img_5431

 

The Invoice section of the app is essentially a version of Venmo, made for equestrians. It allows you to pay invoices and expenses through the app and not have to deal with anything regarding checks and whatnot. It is very convenient if you are like me, and disorganized about that stuff. 

 

 

 

 

The Spotlight section is great for keeping up with equestrian related news from all over the world. With the combination of many different media providers, you can get information on just about anything. If you find a site that you really enjoy, you can browse their site directly from the app. I love reading Horse&Hound so I check their site every couple of days to catch up!

 

This app has really simplified my riding life and organized a not so organized person. Big  shoutout to the Pony App for allowing me to work with them on this review and sending me some of their awesome logo stickers! Make sure to check them out on instagram @theponyapp and download their app on the App Store or Google Play. If you ever have any questions or want to suggest something for me to write about, feel free to DM on instagram @equestrian.syd!

Until Next Time Preps,

Sydney & The Ponies

 

 

How I Get And Keep My Grey Clean

Anybody who owns a grey horse of any shape or size, knows how difficult it is to keep them clean. Some of us have spent an arm or a leg in money and time to get sort of close to clean. And now that I now have my sweet Pearl, I have had to work out a regimen for keeping her white-ish, no matter how much she lays in her own poop.

I have found a great range of products from many different brands that have been really effective and helped to tame that coat. But, as a lot of equestrians know, some of the best stuff is expensive. My range varies with products from $5 to $20. My kit includes the following:

  • Microfiber Bathing Mitt- I use this to scrub on her face without the harshness around the sensitive areas (ie. Eyes, Nostrils, Ears): $5.95 on Smartpak here.
  • Vetrolin White ‘N Brite- This stuff is my holy grail for Pearl. It works amazingly on getting out those stains and brightning her coat: $14.99 at Smartpak here.
  • Mane ‘n Tale- I use this stuff as a basic washing soap. It is affective of getting out stenches and cleaning the hair but isn’t great for sun protection or strengthening on the hair: $7.00 at any drug store
  • SleekEZ- Pearl just turned 1 this month and is starting to loose her baby fuzz. This tool really helps get that baby hair out from under her coat so that new hair can grow. It works especially well when coat is wet: $15.95 on Smartpak here.
  • Hippies On Horses Soft & Shiny Shampoo and Spray-In Conditioner- This stuff is the real deal if you want to strengthen your horse’s coat and promote growth. It is made by hand with All-Natural Ingredients so it makes me feel good about using it on her often: $11.00 each on the HOH site here and get 5% off when you use code HOHSYDGREEN! 
  • Pony Riders Club Assorted Rainbow Pony Sticks- Only being 1, Pearl gets distracted very easily. These treats are large and sweet enough keep her busy for a while and not dancing around being bored: $9.00 for 12 sticks here

Since she isn’t in full work, I leave her mane long so that it be majestic. My best trick to tame that crazy mane and forlock is to do a running and a button braid. I do her mane in a tight running braid along her mane so that if she does roll, there are just shavings and such on the outside of the mane. I do her forlock in a button braid so that it is out of the way when putting on/off her halter and getting it out of her eyes when she is eating. Adding a bit of water to your hands and spritzing the hair allows for stronger and smoother braid.

We like to have a lot of fun while we bathe to keep her from wiggling. So, if you have a horse that stands well, or a mini that you can block the enrty/exit of the wash area, let them go halterless. It allows for easier access to the face and makes them feel more comfortable. 

can you tell she is loving it?

Her before and afters are crazy. Just with two treatments of this regimen she has gone from drab to fab. 

I hope my routine for kepping my mini “pearly white”… pun intended, has helped you guys! Feel free to DM on instagram if you have and questions @equestrian.syd !

Until Next Time Preps,

Sydney & The Ponies

Welcome Back!

Hey, Preps!

 

I am so excited to be back and posting full-time on the blog! My posts will be up every Monday and Thursday so make sure to follow me on Instagram @thepreppyequestrianblog to be the first to know when they are up. If you are new to the blog I want to say welcome and tell you a bit about myself:

  • My name is Sydney Green and I am the founder and owner of The Preppy Equestrian
  • I am 16 years old and a sophomore in high school
  • I have been riding for 14 years
  • I have shown in almost every discipline but Western
  • I ride in two different disciplines, Dressage and Hunter Jumper
  • I currently have 3 horses, Pinky Promise (Pinky), Blue Melody (Libby), and Pearl
  • I am from and train Hunter Jumper in Central Indiana but train in Wellington, Florida for Dressage
  • I do dressage up to the 4th level with my dressage trainer, Lauren Knopp
  • I show in the Low Children’s Jumpers
  • With my new mini pony Pearl and Pinky, I do liberty training
  • Navy is my favorite color and the best color
  • I monogram everything… and I mean everything
  • My social media is @equestrian.syd on Instagram so feel free to follow!

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Pearl and I

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Pinky and I

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Libby and I

 

If you ever have any questions or want to suggest anything for me to cover, feel fee to DM me on Instagram, @equestrian.syd !

 

Until Next Time Preps,

Sydney & The Ponies