Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Getting ready for winter

It's definitely moving into fall: While the days are still warm enough when the sun is out, the nights are getting quite cool. It's time to start thinking about getting ready for winter!

Having a horse in full care, there is less to do to get ready for winter than if you do self-care or have them at your own place — but I still have things I need to remember to do. For instance:

* Bring summer products (fly spray, shampoo, conditioner) home so that they don't freeze
* Take his blankets to our local tack store to be washed and repaired as needed
* Stop by Murdoch's to take advantage of the end-of-season sales on my favorite fly spray
* Braid Panama's tail (once the flies go away) to help the summer damage grow out
* Find my Epona shed flower, my favorite curry for getting off caked-on mud in the winter, and put it back in my grooming tote
* Call the vet out for fall shots (early November for me this year)
* Deworm one last time in December (Ivermectin)

We have a few things to do around our house, too:

* Replace the furnace filter
* Take all of the fans down to the storage area in the basement
* Drain and put away the portable swamp cooler (not that we used it much this year)

There are other things we mean to do every year but never get around to, such as window replacement (our windows are the originals and a couple of the smaller panes are cracked) or pulling out the overgrown juniper bushes in the front so that we can plant something else in the spring.

What about you? What are you doing to get your family (two-legged and four-legged members) ready for the winter?

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