will remove the worst of the mud.
Opt for one with a cute design,
such as an animal shape, if a plain
steel frame with oversized bristle
brushes doesn’t entice you.
WELCOME MAT: Don’t forget
to wipe your feet, even on those
occasions when you simply need
to dash inside. Choose a heavy
duty, non-slip mat designed for
For something eco-
friendly, try one
made of coir—the
bristles derived from coconut husks.
MUCK SHOES: These aren’t
decorative galoshes, but hardcore
footwear that withstands the corrosive
acids of soiled stall bedding while
keeping your feet warm and dry. Slip
them on and off for barn work.
CLEAN COMFORT SHOES: Keep
a pair of cushy, flat-soled shoes on
hand. Slip into them when you leave
the barn or before you enter your
house. If you’re lucky enough to have a
designated mudroom, stash them there.
Tip No. 2:
Make a Clean Sweep
Most horse people find existential
bliss while shoveling manure into a
wheelbarrow, yet rebel at pushing
a broom across the kitchen floor.
Sadly, mundane domestic duties
are unavoidable once horses and
households are combined.
Even with conscientious preventive
BARN DOG GROOMING SUPPLIES:
measures, it’s a challenge to keep
the floors clean. They’re repeatedly
coated with a microscopic layer of
arena sand and trail dirt. Contributing
to that troublesome mix are the dust
bunnies and tufts of hair contributed
by that faithful companion, the barn
dog. When you’re ready to go to war,
here are some useful weapons:
Take advantage of shampoos
formulated for specific purposes,
such as removing odors or addressing
seasonal shedding. Periodic, gentle
grooming with a shedding comb
will help your dog leave most of
his hair outside.
SPECIALTY BROOMS AND
VACUUMS: Neither the common
broom nor the average vacuum are up
to the task of cleaning the floors of a
horse person’s house. When selecting
these products, disregard the size and
heft of the item; search for innovation
instead. Labels should tout that the
item is designed to combat pet hair.
PRACTICAL FLOORING: Despite
the classic mainstays of interior
design like ivory carpet and genuine
hardwood floors, an equestrian
lifestyle demands more durable
Shop for floor coverings—including
tile, laminate and vinyl—made for
high-traffic wear and tear. Look
for warranties against stains, scuffs
Tip No. 3:
Control the Air Space
The herbal essence of fresh hay and
the old-timey smell of saddle soap
are like perfume to us. Yet those same
odors, along with their less popular
companions Eau de Wet Barn Dog
and Sweaty Saddle Pad No. 5, aren’t
s a horse person, there’s
a certain part of me that
would be quite happy living
in a well-appointed tackroom.
Unfortunately, the rest of my
household doesn’t share the same
The associated flies, mud, dust
and dander that go along
with living the horse
dream are not as easily
ignored by non-horsey inhabitants.
To preserve household harmony,
I searched for items that would
contain the mess without sacrificing
In case you’re confronted with the
same dilemma, I have a trio of helpful
tips. Included are some of my favorite
products that proved their worthiness
through trial and error.
Tip No. 1:
Cover Your Tracks
Due to culture or tradition, a
percentage of homeowners remove
their street shoes before coming
indoors; they ask the same of their
guests. It’s a minor inconvenience,
yet this practice makes sense if you
spend much time around horses.
Boot soles notoriously harbor
compressed tidbits of soil.
If you don’t want to leave a trail of
barn crumbs throughout your house,
try these items:
BOOT SCRAPER: A must-have
item, especially if you have to tromp to
your horse in inclement weather. This
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