But that's okay, because there's still horsey things I can do in preparation for the horses' homecoming in a few weeks.
First order of business, get the horn bags in order. When facing a big task, like cleaning tack, I always start with the smallest task so that I can feel some form of accomplishment.
Everytime I go out, I have all of this with me. I could pack a whole lot more, but these are the essentials.
First aid kit
Camera (not pictured, well, because I'm using it for the photo)
My mom carries a hoofpick as well, but I always ride with my Gerber tool on my belt, so I don't feel like I need the hoofpick. The few times I've needed it, the Gerber has worked well enough, plus I've got cutting edges (in addition to my folding knife in my pocket), screw drivers, etc. You can pretty much fix anything with a Gerber or Leatherman tool.
You'll notice there's no cell phone or GPS. Cell phones don't work, neither do radios where we ride. We just have to trust our horses know the way home. All of this stuff gets transferred to my fanny pack when I'm riding bareback.
Once the actual cleaning started, we started with cleaning halters. They were gross. I mean, scrubbed in multiple tubs of Borax and water gross. We rinsed until the water came clean, without suds, and hung them to dry.
Yes, there are nine halters for four horses. Estes is the only one with just one halter; guess I'll just have to order her a spare.