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Barn Chores are Never Done

Corona Virus has us all being socially distant, but that is no excuse, Barn Chores are Never Done.

Thanks to the Coronavirus, us barn rats are over here continuing to practice social distancing. However, some of us have some extra time on our hands now that schools, businesses, and tack shops are closing to prevent spreading of the virus. So this is the perfect opportunity to spend more time in our happy place, and get all those odd and end barn chores completed. Barn chores never stop, so lets list a few tasks we can complete with some of the extra time we have on our hands, all while the rest of the US wastes time fighting over toilet paper, Lysol, and ground beef. Then, after reading through, list your ideas of some non-daily barn tasks we can complete during these next few weeks.

Barn Chores that Need Completing:

  • Deep cleaning feed tubs. Lets take a good scrub brush, and make those feed tubs shine. This may also be a perfect opportunity to replace any old/broken feed tubs with jagged edges or holes. We like these scrub brushes because of their range in sizes, perfect size for any feed tubs and water buckets.

  • Check your Emergency Box. NOW! It is a great time to check your emergency box, discard any outdated, expired, empty meds/supplies, and restock! Know what you need now, so when your vet comes to do their Spring/Summer vaccines you have a list and are ready to go! Don’t forget Banamine, Acepromazine, Bute, and SMZ’s are always staples to have on hand. As well as a working Thermometer, Self Adhering wraps, Gauze, Duct Tape, Band-aids and all of your supplies.
  • Doing Barn Laundry. You know all those fly sheets from last summer, all those heavy weight you aren’t using any more this Spring, those wraps and saddle pads that are still balled up from your last show or ride. Some of these nice spring days make for perfect drying days! We recommend our Blanket Safe products for all of your animal and horse wear needs. Our washes can be used on ANYTHING washable, and we also have a Wool & Fleece wash for your delicate fabrics, and a Fly Sheet Wash for those stain prone and hard to clean fabrics!

  • Power Washing Barn and Stall Mats. These have been the perfect day for a deep clean of the barn. Get out that pressure washers and get to it! Did you know that you could use a little bit of our Ultra Wash in your pressure washer for a deeper clean?
  • Cleaning and Conditioning Tack. Now is a great time to get out all your tack and start scrubbing! Start cleaning and conditioning your tack and boots for when shows start back up! We highly recommend Sterling Essentials Leather Conditioner and Cleaner. Find them at online at Sterling Essentials
Women in Equestrian Business by Blanket Safe a RugSafe LLC product. Focusing on Teal Shoop CEO of Sterling Essentials LLC

  • Repairing Doors and Painting/ Touch-Ups. Keep your barn looking fresh, an easy way to do this is by touching up the barn every now and then with a little paint. Corners get worn from rubbing horses, barn doors get gnawed on. Keep it safe and fresh, by taking an hour to practice your painting skills, and do a little fixing and primping!
  • Hammering in Popped Nails. One of my favorite Spring activities, walking around the fence line and hammering in any popped nails. It is something so easy and so satisfying…and can save you hundreds of dollars in vet bills.

  • Scrubbing Water Buckets. Now, this is something that should be done daily, weekly, as much as possible…but for those of you that procrastinate, consider this your reminder. So what do you all use to scrub your water buckets/troughs? I tend to go in there with an old hard brush, however after a recent back surgery I prefer a toilet bowl brush (a NEW one….please, oh please dont use a used one! ). It adds a few inches to my arms and helps me get those extra inches without breaking my back bending over.
RugSafe USA, llc and Blanket Safe products and how they compare to each other!

  • Cleaning out Brushes. All that dirt, dust and hair build up in brushes is kind of crazy! I highly recommend some baby shampoo and a scrub board. Then, go to town (figuratively, not literally …lol) on your brushes, while you have the chance!
RugSafe USA, llc and Blanket Safe Johnson's baby Shampoo
RugSafe USA, llc and Blanket Safe products we recommend, the Epona Super Brush Scrubber
  • Organizing your Tack Trunk. I don’t know about you, but this is something I am not good at! I take things out, toss things in, and everything becomes scrambled! It is time to toss all that stuff you don’t use, don’t need, and organize the stuff you have left. Ya know, those random bits, bobs, snaps, broken pieces.
  • Organizing and Accounting for all your Show/Travel/Trailer Supplies. Time to start digging through your travel trunk, and trailer. Recycle those empty water bottles, start refilling fly sprays and show-sheen, making sure you have extra halters, water buckets, sponges and scrapers (We like Equigroomer’s water wisk), water containers, show pads, extra coolers, standing wraps, boots, making sure all of your emergency contacts are correct, you name it!!
RugSafe USA, llc and Blanket Safe products we recommend
RugSafe USA, llc and Blanket Safe products we recommend
RugSafe USA, llc and Blanket Safe products we recommend
RugSafe USA, llc and Blanket Safe products we recommend
RugSafe USA, llc and Blanket Safe products we recommend
RugSafe USA, llc and Blanket Safe products we recommend
  • Gathering all your Clipper Blades. After all that clipping this Fall, Winter, and Spring, it is time to gather up any dull and dirty clipper blades and have them sent for a deep cleaning and sharpening!
  • Replacing Snaps that have Broken. We use snaps everywhere in a barn, from halters, to gates, feed buckets, stall doors, cross ties. Plus, it’s always helpful to have a handful of double ended snaps on hand!
  • Check your Electric Fence. Have you checked to see if your electric fence is functioning? Ask a non-horsey friend (you don’t mind losing) to stop over to the barn… you can do the rest. (LOL!)

Conclusion

I know we missed out on a TON of other things you can do in the barn, so help a pal out and comment what other chores need to be done, other than that which is to be done daily. It will give us all something to read through, chuckle at, and keep us smiling in this time of stress. And please, while you may not be able to get out, please don’t forget to support your online small businesses. @Bays4dayscrochet @stockbubble @Equistrings @Herd Of Zebras @Myst Equine Products @The Infused Equestrian @ Grey Horse Candle Co. just to name a few!

Thank you so much for reading along today, we hope you are able to step out of the chaos and into a place to relax and read with friends for a few. I hope to see some sparkling barns here soon!

Stay healthy friends, and have a Safe ride!

~L xx

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Women in Equestrian Business- Teal Shoop

Women in Equestrian Business by Blanket Safe a RugSafe LLC product. Focusing on Teal Shoop CEO of Sterling Essentials LLC
Women in Equestrian Business-Teal Shoop. RugSafe USA, LLC dba Blanket Safe Horse blanket Wash

After a quick, yet busy holiday season, we are excited to get back to some of these amazing women behind the equestrian brands. The first woman we will be focusing on in 2020 is Teal Shoop, the business owner of a line of leather care products. Her products are made in the Pacific Northwest near Portland Oregon, and can be found on the complete other side of the US, in our personal barn. We started using her products before I knew or insta-met Teal…so even we were excited to learn a little more about the amazing person behind a brand that we use!

So without further ado, let’s introduce you to Teal Shoop, the amazing lady boss behind the Sterling Essentials Leather Care Brand. I personally love her merchandise, because just like the Blanket Safe products, they avoid the use of harmful skin irritating chemicals. They are both gentle and non-toxic. Plus both of us created our products because of an issue with our OWN horses! While I have not met her in person, I could feel that very familiar energy from Teal that I have. I love the fact that she also believes that there can be a high end super-effective, quality product, without the use of harsh, irritating, or unsafe ingredients.

About Sterling Essentials, llc

After owning a horse who’s skin was becoming irritated and sometimes breaking out in hives around the girth area and face, Teal discovered how delicate her horse’s skin really was. She went on a search for a safe and gentle leather care product that would effectively nurture the leather as well as keep away mold and mildew, a common problem in the cold wet Pacific Northwest winter. Teal realized the market was lacking leather care products that did not contain harsh or potentially unsafe ingredients, so Teal got to work and created her own. After testing and trials, Sterling Essentials leather care products broke into the equestrian market place at Gallops Saddlery in Oregon, in 2015.

Teal Shoop is actually an engineer by trade. She thoroughly enjoyed the process of creating her products, even though it wasn’t always easy. Teal mentions she had fun researching, formulating, testing, and even producing product design. However, talking to people about her products and business came as a struggle, as Teal considers herself an introvert. After many bathroom pep talks, and the help of several supportive and encouraging individuals; Teal learned that she had to just be brave and jump in with both feet! In the near future, Teal hopes to see her products being featured around the globe. She continues to work hard to support fellow riders and the equestrian sport with new and innovative products.

So, how did Sterling Essentials get their name? They wanted to create a name that would convey the classiness and high quality that their brand would represent. So, with the help of her husband (and co-founder), and Teal’s middle name, the brand was born. The logo was created with the help of a designer, and lots of family and friends’ opinions. Fun fact, the logo that is currently used was not Teal’s first choice for logo, however she now has no regrets over the decision. If you ask Teal to pick her most favorite product in the Sterling Essentials brand, she would pick her flag ship product, the Leather Cleaner. It was the product that started them off, the product that embodies all that Sterling Essentials stands for, and a product that is unlike any other on the market.

About Teal Shoop

Teal was only a few years old when she first got bit by the horse bug! At 9 years old she received riding lessons for her birthday. She can still recall how excited she was and even the first horse she had a lesson on. O’Malley, a solid bay quarter horse gelding, with the biggest, and most gentle eyes. After that first lesson, she made sure to ride as often as she could get the chance. She took the opportunity to try her hand at western, hunt seat, and currently rides at a hunter/jumper barn. Currently, Teal is horseless, after recently selling her beautiful gelding. However, this allows her explore varied disciplines and equestrian sports, as well as focus more on her family and business.

Going in Deep with Teal Shoop

What makes YOU Unique? Something that is a little quirky, but really cheers me up is the smell of sun-warmed pine needles! It is so relaxing, and reminds me of home.

What is something not everyone knows about you? I love to bake bread from scratch! Unfortunately I don’t have time to do it that often. But, there is something so fulfilling about pulling a warm, yummy, smells-oh-so-good loaf from the oven!

What would you tell your younger self? I would tell her to listen to her gut. Also, not to worry so much about what others may think of her. I’ve had to learn that when others judge me, this is really a reflection of them and who they are; nothing to do with me. Fear of judgement impacts us all, and it’s been a challenge for me to figure out how to overcome it. There’s no doubt that there are times when this has held me back, and it shouldn’t have. I’d tell myself to be honest with myself, to act fearless even if I’m not, and to just GO FOR IT!

Do you have a mantra you love, or live by? Have a plan.

What show do you like to binge watch? If I have time, I enjoy watching the original Magnum, P.I. with Tom Selleck. Who doesn’t crave their own private beach in Hawaii?

What is your favorite word? “Hunky dunky”

What profession other than your own would you attempt for a week? I would love to try being a College Professor.

What food could you not live without? Oh so many things could be on this list…and it would be a long list, but I do love a good cheeseburger (handmade with some seriously good cheddar). YUM!

How do you take your coffee/tea? I have never jumped onto the coffee bandwagon, but I am definitely a tea person. I enjoy a nice cup either plain, with a little honey, or sometimes a tiny splash of milk.

What book did you read last? I just finished up Murder in the CIA by Margaret Truman. I love curling up with a good mystery!

What is something you would like people to remember about you, and/or your brand? Sterling Essentials premium all natural, essential oil powered leather care products are the trusted must-have for discerning equestrians everywhere. Animal friendly, formulated to match the pH of leather to prevent premature degradation; and powered by essential oils to prevent mold/mildew. Our high quality products are widely acclaimed by top riders and amateurs alike, as the first choice in keeping leather and tack happy and healthy.

Conclusion

We hope you have enjoyed learning about Teal and Sterling Essentials, just as much as we have. I think it is fantastic that there are other products and businesses just like ours at Blanket Safe. Businesses that continue to make, assemble and package each product at their headquarters, before sending out to their new homes. Teal loves to hear how her products have also solved the struggles of other horse owners; the same issues that lead to the creation of the Sterling Essential products. It was wonderful to get to know Teal a little more personally, and I hope you took away plenty too!

We hope you join us next time for another look inside the life of another woman behind an amazing equestrian brand. Discover her dream and the adventure she has experienced. Until then, find more posts like this one, HERE.

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