The days are drawing in, the mornings getting colder and we're rapidly heading towards Autumn. Without even feeling like we've had Summer. Totally unfair, we know. Our 8 top tips are sure to leave you feeling smug as you prepare for the colder seasons.

Rug washing.

I’m sure at the end of last Winter, we all said we’d get the heavy weight rugs washed, re-proofed and stored away ready for the following Winter, so they’re ready when needed. Well, life gets in the way and it’s yet to be done! You’ll soon be needing those rugs, so get on and get them washed so they’re ready and clean when you need them.

Laminitis.

September grass growth happens at a rapid rate and before you know it, your horse is getting fat and your chances of Laminitis, Cushings and PPID increase. Be aware of this and reduce turnout time if needed.

Get your Winter riding gear sorted.

High visibility clothing, reflective exercise sheets, your warmest Winter coat and waterproof trousers at the ready! You’re ready for those darker days.

Fencing.

Before long, fields will resemble mud baths and you’ll be reluctant to have machinery driving in to fix any broken fencing you have. Take advantage of the fact it’s still relatively hard and get your fencing horse-proof for Winter.

Topping.

The warm, wet Summer has created the ideal conditions for weed and grass growth. While the ground can withstand this work, top all of your paddocks, giving you smart, controlled fields for the Winter.

Fly rugs and masks.

Get them washed and store them away ready for Spring. You know it’ll fly around if you don't do it now!

Worming.

All horses should be tested for tapeworm in the Autumn. A simple dung sample can confirm whether treatment is needed or not. Your Vet will then recommend you treat for encysted small redworm in November so plan your dung sample to be sent off in October so if treatment is needed, you can do at the same time as the encysted small redworm treatment.

Clipping.

Your Clippers may have been stored away since the end of last Winter, so get them out to check they’re in good working order, before you need them. If they haven’t been serviced in the last 12 months, it’s recommended that you do so ahead of using this Winter.