Today our barn added a wonderful new feature . . . a wash stall! Can’t even explain how excited this makes me. Of course Achates and I had to try it out.
This takes a bunch of the hassle out of trying to hose him off. I can’t wait to give him a bath in it tomorrow, if the weather holds up.
In other, less exciting news I’ve started to take inventory of all of my equipment. And it has been the most annoying/tedious task I’ve had to do in a long time. I know what you’re thinking, is that really necessary, and yes, it is.
Over the past 16 years of riding I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t taken stock of any of my riding gear, and it’s high time I do. I have 4-5 trunks, several garment bags and even brown bags filled with anything and everything horse related. Here are some reasons why you should be taking inventory of what you have at least once a year.
I think of the key things in showing or even traveling with your horse successfully is organization. I’m one of those crazy people who likes to make lists of everything and honestly it helps. Make several copies of your checklist, take it to the barn when your packing up and adjust it when necessary. Taking inventory helps you gauge whether or not you have the items, and could also help you easily access anything that you might need.
My advice is to start a spreadsheet and be very specific. List the item, the quantity and the color. Reorganize the list you come up with and post it on the inside of your tack trunk or container. Adjust it frequently this way you know exactly where everything is.
Another reason that taking inventory is helpful is in case of an emergency. Most home owners insurance will also cover your equine gear. This way if something happens, fire, flood, or any natural disaster you can cover yourself exactly instead of guessing in the dark.
3. Out with the old . . .
Knowing exactly what you have will give you a chance to see if any of your equipment needs to be replaced or thrown out. Also, if there’s anything you’re no longer using and is somewhat good condition you can sell it. There are somethings I think you should always hold onto. Saddles, bridles, and bits are something that you will always need, especially if riding is a lifetime sport for you. All of these things can usually be used on multiple horse, bridles and bits especially. At the same time don’t be a hoarder. If you don’t need something get rid of it.
Today, during the first round of my inventory I was able to get one container and the garment bag I use for shows organized. I also managed to find a mountain of saddle pads that need to be washed.
Even though it was very irritating to organized I’m actually kind of excited to find out what else I have. Only 4 more trunks! Hopefully I can get this done within the next couple of days. Then I’ll start working on my wish list of tack and equipment, which should be considerately more fun!