Fire Halters- An Easy Safety Measure For Your Barn!

It’s safe to say that a barn fire is every horse owner’s worst nightmare.

While visiting Stachowski Farm last week, the Schneiders crew discovered a fascinating safety measure that I personally have never seen before. By the barn door, under two fire extinguishers, was a rack full of red halters with red and white leads attached.

Fire Halters

Fire Halters at Stachowski Farm

Upon closer inspection, we noticed that the chin pieces had been removed and the lead ropes threaded through the brass attachment.

Fire Halters Up Close

Fire Halters Close-Up

In case of a fire, your first objective is to safely remove your horses from the area. Seconds count. In this situation, you don’t have time to run around looking for halters for everyone. Even if you have halters and leads on each stall door, trying to fasten buckles or tie rope halters on panicky horses wastes valuable time. With these particular fire halters, handlers can slip them on quickly and go. Having them all in one place so everyone knows where to find them saves even more time.

Want to implement this safety measure in your barn? Simply invest in one halter (like this one) and lead (like this one) per horse. Cut the chin piece and throat piece off the halter so you are left with the nose piece, cheek pieces and crown piece alone. Then clip your lead to the brass ring on the right side of the halter and slide the opposite end of the lead through the brass ring on the left side.

Fire Halter How-To

Create your own fire halters!

Now your fire halter is assembled and ready to go! Keep your halter(s) in one easily accessible place in case of emergency, and let everyone at your barn know where to find them.

Do you keep fire halters at your barn? What other creative safety measures do you implement?

StableHand makes your barn chores easier

StableHand

The StableHand is there whenever you need a helping hand! Use it to fill hay bags and nets, trash bins, laundry bins and more. Check out sstack.com for other helpful innovations for your barn!

Tack Room Organization Solutions

Is your tack room a disaster? Check out our tack room organization solutions! Shop sstack.com for all your stable supplies!

The Equestrian’s Spring Checklist

Spring is just around the corner and so is your riding season.   It’s time to take inventory and organize all of your everyday work tack. Follow this spring checklist to start your riding season off on the right foot!

Check tack

Cleaning and conditioning your equipment is essential to preserving the integrity of the leather, giving it suppleness, strength and longevity.  When equipment is taken apart, it should also be inspected, making sure all hardware is in working order and functioning properly and the leather is pliable and free of cracks. Many times a small defect can be repaired. Other times you may need to look at replacing your equipment. We have a large selection of work and show tack to fit any budget, as well as great deals this month to prepare you for spring riding.

Fly repellantDon’t wait until fly season has sprung to invest in fly protection. The surest way to deflect flies is to invest in a quality mask and sheet. We have a variety of durable fly sheets and matching masks at economical prices. And don’t forget to check out a new line of all natural fly repellant bands from Fly Armor – just Velcro the bands to your tack when you need them and never mess with spray bottles again.

Clean tack roomIt’s time to clear the clutter. One day spent organizing your tack room will save so many headaches when you have work to do later. We have an entire line of Easy-Up® products to help get the job done. From saddle racks to bridle hooks to blanket bars to shelving units, we can assist you in organizing all of your essential items, whatever your budget.

SSTACK.COM has everything you need for everyday riding. Shop online today!

Ariat Terrain Spotlight

Horsemen deserve the best.  Horse ownership is a 24/7 job in every type of weather.  As we begin the transition into spring, our boots become more important than ever.  We want to stay warm and dry as we do barn chores, lunge horses or stand at the rail and cheer on our friends.  Schneiders’ stylish collections of waterproof and comfortable rain, work and barn boots withstand the rigors of daily work.

Ariat Terrain Lacer

Ariat Terrain Lacer

Ariat Terrain Lacers have long been a customer favorite.  These great everyday boots are stirrup and spur friendly and are also available in the Terrain H2O waterproof style. Featuring full grain leather and moisture wicking lining, they are as comfortable as they are durable. We offer these boots in ladies and mens sizes.

 

Shop sstack.com for all your horse supply needs!

Cheri’s First Aid Wound Care Picks!

Want to know what first aid products Schneider Saddlery representatives use on their horses? Customer service representative Cheri Kosteinshek has shown Appaloosas for 25 years, owned and worked with Thoroughbred racehorses for 15 years and now enjoys spending time with her miniature Schnauzer, Grace. Here are some of her favorite products…

Healing Tree TZon Equine Dermal Care Cream

Healing Tree TZon Equine Dermal Care Cream

1. Healing Tree® TZon Equine Dermal Care Cream
“This is an all natural anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory that contains hydrocortisone so that any associated itch is alleviated. It’s safe to use on cats, dogs horses and even yourself. Pain and itch are instantly relieved. It really speeds up healing. It’s great for any type of fungal problem or infection. A little goes a long way.”

 

 

 

EquiSilver

EquiSilver products

2. EquiSilver products
“EquiSilver is another all natural product that kills bacteria and fungus on contact. The silver instantly alleviates pain. Results are very quick and healing time is sped up considerably. I also use it on my little Schnauzer because it clears up hot spots on dogs as well. I actually used it on myself a couple weeks ago when I put a nail through my finger and it didn’t even hurt the next day, so I know first-hand that it works.”

 

Vetericyn Hydrogel

Vetericyn Hydrogel

3. Vetericyn™ Hydrogel
“Vetericyn is a great all around product that is safe to use around the eyes, nose and mouth. It kills bacteria including antibiotic-resistant MRSA. The thicker gel formula stays in contact with the wound.”

 

Schneider Saddlery carries first aid necessities that everyone should keep around the barn.

In the event of an injury, please contact your veterinarian.

Care and First Aid Solutions

Check out our video demo on our care and first aid essentials from Schneiders! Click here to view these products and more!

5 Essentials In Case of Equine Emergency

Equine Emergency Essentials

When dealing with horses, accidents happen. Your horse’s wellbeing is your highest priority. Don’t be caught without these 5 essentials in case of an equine emergency.

1. Thermometer

One of the earliest signs of illness can be fever. Make sure you have a thermometer on hand in your barn. A basic vet thermometer like this one will get the job done. Make sure to tie a string or yarn to the end – this thermometer has a ring for it at the top but the string itself is not included.

2. Towels

You can never have enough towels at the barn. For wound situations, these MicroFiber towels work great because they are lint free. Use them to clean small wounds or to apply pressure to stop bleeding. Hand wash and air dry (or toss after use as there are 2 in a pack).

3. Wound Spray

There are many different wound sprays available, but one of the most commonly used is Betadine. Betadine is a microbicidal antiseptic sudsing cleanser containing Providone Iodine (7%) that promptly kills bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoa and yeasts. A new product line to hit the market, EquiSilver, uses chelated silver as an active ingredient. It is 100% natural, non-toxic and testing has shown it to kill over 600 disease causing organisms. Their wound spray is quickly gaining popularity. Make sure to keep at least one of these products on hand to ward off infections under the supervision of your veterinarian.

4. Gauze / Cotton

Your vet may instruct you on how to dress a wound. A great option for dressing wounds is our Dura-Tech® Absorbent Cotton Wool & Gauze Roll which will not stick to wounds and can be cut to any size. Highly absorbent hospital grade cotton with non woven outer cover, it is great for protecting injuries while allowing them to heal.

5. Dressing Bandage

Keep a wound dressing in place with a self-adhering bandage such as Guard Tex Leg / Tail Wrap. The wrap is made of surgical gauze impregnated with natural latex and it adheres only to itself. It makes a “soft cast” when used over quilts and is very resilient. Another option is to use Dura-Tech® Vet Flex which hand tears and adheres to itself.

Need something for travel? This veterinarian approved Horse Aid™ First Aid Kit contains all the essentials you need. Keep one in your barn and trailer at all times!

When injuries occur, always contact your veterinarian.

Stable Supplies from Schneider Saddlery

Be ready for anything that arises in your barn. These stable supplies will help you organize everything from tack to chores to feeding schedules! Shop sstack.com for all your horse care needs!

Tack Room Design on a Dime

Could your tack room use a makeover? Organize your space while saving big with these economical solutions from Schneiders!

Brass Plated Metal Bridle Rack

Brass Plated Metal Bridle Rack

Brass Plated Metal Bridle Racks
Keep bridles and girths neatly arranged with these brass plated bridle racks. Lightweight and economical, they are a simple and inexpensive way to dress up and organize your tack room.

 

 

 

 

Easy-Up Saddle N' Pad Rack

Easy-Up Saddle N' Pad Rack

Easy-Up® Saddle N’ Pad Rack
This saddle and pack rack is great for both English and Western saddles, and includes a bar to separately hang your saddle pad to dry. Made of vinyl coated tubular steel, it will hold even the heaviest saddles and is guaranteed for 5 years.

 

 

 

 

Easy-Up Aluminum Collapsible Horse Apparel Bar

Easy-Up Aluminum Collapsible Horse Apparel Bar

Easy-Up® Aluminum Collapsible Horse Apparel Bar
Horse apparel is bulky and difficult to store neatly. This Aluminum Collapsible Horse Apparel Bar makes storing blankets, sheets, coolers, saddle pads and other items hassle free. Pulls out and locks in place and then collapses when not in use.

 

We’re confident these simple solutions will make organizing your tack room a breeze!

The prices reflected in this post are valid through May 2012.