30 Hay Twine Uses

Thanks to all that hay twine, the stable's garbage bin needs to be emptied again. But wait, why throw away something that saves time and money? Tuck that twine over in the corner where it can easily be reached. It'll come in handy in the near future.

Because hay twine is always easy to find around barns, it's free and it's recyclable, why not take advantage of it? Following is a list of ways to turn unwanted hay twine into a horse person's must-have.

1.Braiding hay twine into a horse's tail results in a braid that will stay in longer than one secured with a rubber band. A horse's tail will stay cleaner with less tangles and grow better with the weight of the braid. After dividing the hair into three sections, grasp a piece of twine in the middle. Braid each half in with two of the three sections of hair and tie at the bottom.

2.Forget a knife to cut hay twine off a bail of hay? No problem. Just grab a free piece of hay twine. Slip it under both twines on the bail and pull it back and forth in a sawing motion. The twine will break shortly.

3.Replace missing horse-blanket straps with hay twine.

4.Tie twine on the end of hoof picks and sweat scrapers for easy hanging. Hang on the wall in the grooming/washing area for easy access.

5.Cut several short strands from a piece of hay twine and attach to the end of a crop or bat. The stick is transformed into a fly whisk.

6.Cut a few hay twines into one-foot strands. Attach them on an old browband on a horse's halter. This homemade fly browband helps keep annoying insects out of a horse's face. This is especially nice for horses with short, ineffective forelocks. If a horse is extra-sensitive, you can make a similar fly protection by attaching strands to the noseband.

7.Can't find a lead rope when it's most needed? Twist 12 uncut loops of hay twine into a strong, easily replaceable lead rope. This easy process results in ropes that are very good for turn-out since good ropes aren't dirtied with everyday use. Use more or less twines to vary the length and thickness of the rope.

8.Have a lot of twine? Turn that twine accumulation into a hay net or two simply by tying a few knots. A great craft idea for kids or adults, this project leaves the crafter feeling thrifty indeed.

9.Double a piece of hay twine and hold the ends, one in each hand. Use as a sweat scraper by pulling over a horse's coat the same way you would a metal scraper.

10.Sometimes hay arrives with different colored twine. Use this orange or bright-green twine to make wire fencing more visible. Cut into strips and tie at regular intervals between posts. Because it won't rip the twine last longer than plastic strips.

11.Carry a loop or two of hay twine on trail rides for emergency tack repairs. Just about any part of a bridle or halter can be replaced with a piece of twine, and it doesn't take up much space in saddlebags.

12.For a saddle without strings, simply attach some twine to the dees or horn to tote saddlebags, water bottles or other items on trails.

13.For a horse that can be difficult to catch, tie a short length of twine on the halter, where a lead attaches, to create a catch rope to grab when he comes near. The twine will break if it gets caught on anything.

14.When catching a horse with no halter or lead, slip hay twine around the top of his neck and lead him with that. This works best with horses accustomed to leading this way, but in a pinch can help hold a horse steady until a halter is acquired.

15.The bright green, orange or other colors of hay twine make good trail markers. Cut into strips, place in saddlebags and head out on the trail. Mark the way by tying the strips around tree limbs.

16.The drawstring on hay bags often gets lost as it blends in with the rest of the bag's strings. Rethread the drawstring with a new piece of hay twine and it'll stand out from the rest, enabling easy, quick filling.

17.Little Susie can't keep her horse's head up when he wants to eat grass. Solve this problem by making a grazing check. Loop a section of uncut twine around the crown piece of the horse's bridle and run it up through the gullet of a western saddle and over the horn. Two loops of twine might be necessary to make it long enough. This is easy to undo by simply raising the horse's head and slipping the loop over and off the saddle horn. Modify this eating strap for English saddles by tying to the front saddle dees. For quick use, attach metal clips to the twine to snap onto the rings.

18.Make a temporary gate latch. This comes in handy when getting several horses one at a time from a field. Loop hay twine around the gate. After the gate's opened, it can be shut quickly by just looping the other end of the twine over the gate post.

19.Hay twine makes a temporary fence-repair job easier. Horses trained to respect electric fence probably will respect the twine. If a downed fence is discovered while riding, close the fence with some twine. This is easy, quick and will suffice until appropriate fencing supplies are available.

20.Tie some hay twine around a pair of scissors or knife and hang them conveniently by the hay. Getting the twine off bales will never again be a hassle.

21.On rainy, windy days, secure a potential horse-spooking, billowing poncho by tying a piece of twine around the waist.

22.Give a short-tailed horse a "hair implant"by attaching pieces of hay twine to wisps of existing tail hair. The horse will be thankful for having a tail to swat away the flies. Make sure the strands aren't so long that the horse can step on them and pull out his real hair along with the twine.

23.Love camping? Hay twine is invaluable in camp craft and at home in the stable. Using hay twine, lash a branch between two trees to create a place to store saddles off the ground. Find a grove of trees and do this all the way around for a temporary corral, or fix a fence rail by lashing it with hay twine.

24.Build a jump with hay twine. Lash two pieces of wood or branches together in the form of an X. Place one or two branches or poles between two Xs to form a cross rail or vertical jump. Adjust the height of the jump by sliding the twine on the X to form either a tall and skinny X or a short and wide X.

25.Tie a strand of hay twine to the bar on the outside, left side of your horse's stall. Stretch it across to the last bar to hang blankets, halters, towels and other horse-care items conveniently on the stall door.

26.Show off ribbons by stringing a piece of hay twine across the stall front. Hang the ribbons on the twine. This ribbon hanger can also be used on a wall, over a doorway, etc.

27.Hang about anything from feed buckets to stall balls and signs with hay twine.

28. Use a piece of hay twine to keep English stirrups from banging a horse's sides as he longes. Simply tie a foot-long piece from one stirrup, across the seat of the saddle to the other stirrup. Now there's no need to worry about run-up stirrups sliding down.

29.Instead of attaching crossties directly to the post or wall, attach them to a small loop of hay twine in turn attached to the wall or post. If a horse panics and the snaps can't be unhooked, the twine will break and release the horse without injury. Use this break-free hay twine loop whenever a horse is tied to a solid object. Similarly, use a small piece of twine to replace the leather loop on a break-away halter.

30.If grain is stored in a garbage can, tie some twine through one side handle, over and through the lid handle to the other side handle to keep raccoons from taking off the lid.

With a little creativity, hay twine can be used for many other things. That "good for nothing"pile of twine can save time and money, and make life more convenient around the stable. Hay twine … a veritable tool for everything! It might even be worth picking out of the trash.