The essential barn product – Duct Tape

Duct Tape

Every good horse owner knows that Duct Tape is a true MacGyver tool. It has more uses at the barn than any other product known to man. Whether you need to do some quick labeling, your horse threw his shoe on the trail, you need to fix the hemline of a show jacket (yes it’s happened), your cross-country boots just so happened to no longer want to Velcro after schooling through the water, it’s getting dark and you’re concerned about visibility (duct tape can be reflective), you’ve got a blister or cut, your hands are sweating so much you can’t grip your whip, Duct Tape can do it all!  The classic silver is a must, and it never hurts to have a red or yellow, too!

Until then, check out some of these uses for duct tape:

  •  Tape up a leaky hose.
  • Label stalls with horses’ names, feeding needs, turnout instructions, etc.
  • Repair rips and tears in blankets and sheets
  • Make an instant belt or suspenders when you leave your real ones at home.
  • Apply to reins so beginning riders will know where to hold their hands.
  • Tape over baling twine when using it as an emergency rope.
  • Emergency repair of broken cross ties.
  • Tape handles on buckets to prevent your horse's tail or nose from getting caught.
  • Patch holes in bottom of bucket.
  • Tape feed instruction to feed bucket handles.
  • Waterers – If they get kicked, duct tape can hold them together.
  • Tape around horseshoe nails  to secure them during turnout.
  • Create permanent lines for a grid on the barn’s dry erase message board.
  • Apply to leg wraps when the Velcro strips rip off.
  • Use as a substitute Band-Aid (with gauze covering the wound).
  • Remove horse hair from your clothes when you don’t have time to change after riding.
  • Taping some foam rubber to stirrups for to add extra “cush” for long rides. Or add a block to stirrups that are too short and secure with duct tape.
  • Use to secure a diaper on a hoof as a poultice.
  • Repair pitchforks.
  • Repair broken brushes and combs.
  • Hold up posters and notes in the barn or on the trailer.
  • Tape your pinky finger so it won’t be sore after roping 100 steers!
  • Tape fingers to avoid blisters while trying the practice dummy.
  • Cover trailer door hinge so horse won’t cut hip when backing out.
  • As a name tag, stuck on your saddle pad, for clinics.
  • Add padding to the inside of your western hat that’s too big.
  • Post your show schedule on the side of your trailer.
  • Wrap around the base of a travel coffee cup to make it more stable in the truck’s cup holder when driving to a show.
  • Temporarily use to hold a bit in place when a headstall is missing screws (don't laugh, it's been done).
  • If your horse normally chews off bandages, duct tape applied over the closures will discourage chewing.
  • Wrap a whip back together after your horse chews it up for a snack.
  • Wrap around bell boots to make them last longer.

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