Thursday, April 2, 2009

Spring Cleaning with an Audience



Last weekend we finally did something we have been putting off all winter -- a thorough cleaning of our tack! We usually do this in the dead of winter. We bring the saddles, etc., in the house and give them a really good going-over in the basement with saddle soap and mink oil. But this year, somehow Spring sprang up on us before we got to that particular chore. So we ended up being able to tackle the job out in the barn, which is a heck of a lot more interesting.

Of course we had Serbian folk music blasting away, and had some beverages to make it festive. We had ridden through some muddy trails the last couple of rides, so this was a much needed cleaning. The results were great. Here's some photos of John at work, and of our critter audience. All four of them (2 horses, 2 goats) hung around the entire time -- they know that if John and I are in the barn and the Serbian music is playing that they will get treats. And of course, they did...

5 comments:

Dusty Devoe said...

Yes, it is that time of year! I did do my tac once this winter, but my little tack room needs cleaned terribly!

Desert Rose said...

Oh...I feel bad, I have never cleaned my saddle! It does get done though, I pay a buckaroo to do the dirty deed cause they can sure use the extra cash!!!

John and Regina Zdravich said...

{Dusty Devoe and Desert Rose} When we had our foreign exchange student from Germany, her mother came to visit at the end of her daughter's stay with us. As fate would have it, they are horse people also, and as a "thank you" to us, the mother cleaned our tack like it has never been cleaned before. We never do as good of a job as she did -- and we often feel guilty when we let it get too dirty....

Pony Girl said...

I haven't cleaned mine all winter. Then again, I've barely used it. Before the first big trail ride this spring, I will have to give it a good go over, check all the nuts and bolts (or straps and buckles! :)
Thanks for inspiring us!

Sunshine said...

OMG! If I dont' get mine done it will be a shame. Mine still squeeks cuz there isnot enough oil in the leather.

Sunshine :)