Life as a horse trainer, at least the kind that works out of many barns, is a particularly transient one. Either because of the nature of my business, or that I grew up a military brat (I haven’t figured out which) I move every few years. Because I meet most of my roommates at the barns or stables where I work, I tend to live with dedicated animal lovers. As anyone who knows her can tell you, Animal lover, in respect to my roommate, Beth Wheeler, is an understatement!
Beth, the proprietor and namesake of the unique bird house boutique, The Birdhouse Chick, is one of the most dedicated stewards of the environment that I know. An entire blog could be written on her selfless acts of caring for stray dogs and cats, and her yard is a testament to her love for birds and other wildlife. Check out her website and daily blog, she is the one that started me blogging.
Beth also has a horse, Sweets, that she keeps at Moonlight Equestrian Center. While I was racking my brain for a blog topic, Beth was washing some blankets for an older horse at the barn. She suggested I relay what she does with the dryer lint and horsehair cleaned from the washer after we wash our blankets, saddlepads, etc.
Brilliant…Take a mesh produce bag- the kind you buy your horse’s apples in- and begin filling it with the hair, (body and tail), from the lint trap of your dryer, and from the inside of the washer and dryer after washing dirty horse items. You can also supplement the bag with mane and tail hair from your tail brush or from pulling your horse’s mane. When the bag is full, tie it off and hang it from a branch in a nearby tree. The birds love to use the hair to build their nests! I have picked up used nests at barns that were made entirely of horse hair!
I have attached a picture of a horsehair nesting ball that Beth made for our yard. We have the happiest birds around, and it is a joy to watch them in the morning before I set off to see the horses. Take some time to check out her website- the birds will love you for it!