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.
Step One: Grab your best friend; someone who you enjoy spending time with and who can laugh with — and at — you.
Step Two: Get to work! As you work, feel free to chat with friends. But, make sure you stay focused and work hard.
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.
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.
Step Seven: Laugh!
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.