How To: Do Barn Chores the Right Way

Caring for horses is a lot of work. The chores can be tiring and they aren’t the most glamorous jobs. However, barn chores can be made fun too, as my friend Emily and I experienced in Aiken.

My friend Emily Peairs and me preparing for barn work

My friend Emily Peairs and I preparing for barn work

Step One: Grab your best friend; someone who you enjoy spending time with and who can laugh with — and at — you.

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Step Two: Get to work! As you work, feel free to chat with friends. But, make sure you stay focused and work hard.

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Step Three: Take occasional dance breaks. There’s nothing better to lighten the mood. Warning: innocent bystanders might be confused to why you are dancing which will then make them infer that you’re crazy.

Step Four: Turn some chores into a (SAFE) competition. I know I’m a competitive person, as are many riders. To keep the hard work going, see who’s the better worker. Who can clean more stalls perfectly in a shorter amount of time? Who can make a bridle cleaner in 3 minutes?

Step Five: Take some naps.

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Naps are important. You have to be rested to do your best and most efficient work. Naps are essential for a happy barn environment (no cranky people allowed!). They’re especially great when someone isn’t using you as a pillow, but beggars can’t be choosers…

Step Six: Find an experienced and friendly barn dog that will both oversee your work and cuddle.

Thanks to Jane Jennings for letting us borrow Toby. He was the perfect watch dog while we loaded hay.

Thanks to Jane Jennings for letting us borrow Toby. He was the perfect watch dog while we loaded hay.

Step Seven: Laugh!

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Time flies when you’re having fun. Before you know it, barn chores will be done for the day. But don’t worry! You have tomorrow’s chores to look forward to.

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