View Full Version : 101 uses for empty supplement tubs!
11th Jun 2002, 03:53 PM
ok guys join in on this one!lets see if we can make the 101!
2)stable toy(make holes in and fill with cubes they'll play for hours)
3)water container for chickens
4)holder for plaiting bands
5)stable toy 2 (hang on string and fill with food)
anymore ? (sad or what lol)
12th Jun 2002, 02:58 PM
6) little grooming kit with hoof pick, brush and germoline for quick evening groom when feeding! - saves opening tack room!
7) soaking portions of sugar beet
8) use to buy refills of garlic powder and save pennies
9) use to keep some carrots in
10) use bigger ones as sealed container for making a few days feeds up in each one and keeping them fresh.
sorry, scraping the bottom of the barrel now... any more?
12th Jun 2002, 07:07 PM
i have one for a washing bucket
i pick my horses hooves out into one saves sweeping, also i can't lose the hoof puck cos it's tied to it!
i have one hanging up with loads of cloths in them can always find one that way!!
first aid kit box!!!
12th Jun 2002, 09:09 PM
15) use it to dilute molasses and water in for feeds
16) keep nails in if you do your own horses feet
oh um....i don't know!! most of our supplements come in plastic bags which the feed stores do themselves!! I tried!!:eek:
12th Jun 2002, 09:12 PM
oooh hang on!! LOL!!
17) keep your tack cleaning gear in!
18) on for clean rags and one for dirty rags if you don't throw them away?
19) put your ribbons and rosettes in if you don't like displaying them
ok sorry thats all I have lol
21st Jun 2002, 08:37 PM
20) Keep small spare bits of tack in (bits, nosebands etc.)
21) Storing horse treats.
21st Jun 2002, 11:40 PM
22. Keep your plaiting kit in it (scissors, comb, rubber bands ...)
23. Feed dish for hens (did anyone say it had to be horsey??)
25th Jun 2002, 08:36 PM
24) Dog water bowl
25) Soak mixing spoons in
26) Keep fish food in (That's what my yard owner does! Honest!!)
27th Jun 2002, 10:07 AM
27 - keeping all the last little bits of saddle soap in so that they can be recycled & melted into one big bar again at a later date.
28 - Pouring the melted saddle soap into, allowing it to cool & you have new saddle soap for future use.
29 - pooper scooper - may need to cut it for ease of scooping (for scooping dog poo from your lawn prior to mowing?)
30 - carrier bag dispenser - cut a smallish hole in the bottom of it, put string through the sides to hang it up fill with bags & put lid on it, pull bags through hole when required (stops unwated "scary" bags blowing in the yard too)
31 - Water feeder for birds - just put a few large stones in the bottom to prevent any youngsters from drowning if they fall in, could double up as a bird bath too (make sure its out of reach from cats though).
I am starting to scrape the barrel now!
27th Jun 2002, 11:12 AM
i use the ones at my stables to put water and rags in when you clean out the water drinkers.
i think the others uses for them are to weird and wonderful, i.e flower planters!
27th Jun 2002, 11:16 AM
Just thought of another 2:-
Mini dustbin - Keeps loose tissues, bags, bandage wrappers etc tidy & with the lid on prevents them blowing around the yard. When full the whole tub can be burnt (safely).
Or use as recylcing bins for squashed cans, plastic wrappers etc, easy stackable in cars for taking to your closes recycling point.
27th Jun 2002, 12:05 PM
Keep your valuables in it in the tack room while you hack out - who is going to suspect your mobile or purse are in it!??
18th Jul 2002, 05:32 PM
To store large ammounts of hoof oil in.
Use for storing your spare tack, grooming kit or plaiting kit.
Makes a useful filler bucket for your water bucket.
18th Jul 2002, 07:07 PM
hehe keep going guys!
40) soaking bits in
41) soaking poultice
42) put bandages in to keep clean
43) homemade fly repellent container
44)guinea pig food tray
45)nail holder ideal for mending broken fences!
46)storing ready made horse meals,saves time when your late for work!
ok out of ideas again!
18th Jul 2002, 08:01 PM
*) keeping First aid in
*) Keeping gloves in and Jodphure clips
*) Putting my food in for my pet rats!!
Hope these help.
18th Jul 2002, 10:00 PM
how big ar eyour supplement tubs?:D we use our for keeping a
*) mini grooming kit it and little accesories when going to comeptitions.
*) we also fill them up with cold water leave them in the shade and leave bottles of water and coke etc in them to keep them cool in hot weather
27th Jul 2002, 07:31 PM
I am an animal rescue person. I keep one in my car with dog food to feed the strays people dump out in our area. (The ones you can't catch.) I also keep an empty one in the car to put the box turtles in that I rescue from the hiways to keep them from getting squashed by the cars. And I turn one upside down to use as a step to get on my horse.
28th Jul 2002, 04:24 AM
55) OK just last week I used mine to keep cotton wool drenched in vaseline in. I use the vaseliney cotton wool for putting in my horses shoes where the holes are for studs....because I am too budget to buy proper stud keepers lol so i just stuff them with the cotton wool lol.
56) I also put my studs in them when I finished with them
57) I have also recently turned one into a feed scoop for my horse and pony pellets.......its a litre exactly and my horse gets 2 litre ( i know it should be done by weight (grams) but it works out lol
58) depending on the size and amount you are soaking, but you can use them to soak your sugarbeet over night in
Arent we doing well??!!
1st Aug 2002, 11:13 PM
59) in our big ones we use them when we are painting our fences so everyone can help!
60) used to stand on to hang hay nets in stalls. (I am really short)
61) we put it the hose nozzle in it so we don't waste water. (we're in the middle of a nasty drought)
62) we use one to collect all the hoof pickings when you exit the ring. (just got new rubber footing and we would like to keep it in the ring)
63) to carry feed for the overnight shows.
64) as far as the smaller ones go, I use them for a lot of things that have already been mentioned but only three that have not. The first is to mix grain and, say, bute together in a separate container then what we feed the rest of the horses with.
65) to make a place for the odd birds that are not old enoogh to fly but just old enough to get under the horses feet. (Made a few friends that way. Dryphus still visits me while I'm cleaning stalls.)
66) and lastly to catch mice. I'm supposed to kill them with a shovel when i see them, but i havn't the heart. So, i catch them and throw them outside. I doubt it helps the rodent problem, but...
2nd Aug 2002, 11:46 AM
67) Just used one for salt water for bathing a wound on the dog...
2nd Aug 2002, 03:25 PM
68) i hope this hasnt been said.
soaking epsom salts in water, then soaking the hroses feet in it.
69) just soaking the hroses feet in it, so u can scratch off all the yucky part of the sole, cuz his feet havent been trimmed lately.
that happened to a horse at our barn.
2nd Aug 2002, 06:04 PM
69) putting old horsehsoes in
12th Aug 2002, 08:08 PM
My husband uses them to store nails, nuts, bolts etc in.
As a container for soaking very dry leather in leather oil.
16th Aug 2002, 09:48 AM
71 keeping bandages in to keep sterile.
72 for putting water in for poultices.
73 larger tubs make nice nest boxes!
74 filling with water for the ducks to swim in,
um keep going!
16th Aug 2002, 11:07 AM
Paint kettle - i.e. for mixing paint in! - I'd never buy one from a DIY store when you have all these free ones floating about!
Also make nice plant pots - put a couple of holes in them for drainage - you can hang them or just stand them in the yard somewhere (where they can't be eaten)
18th Aug 2002, 11:10 PM
Oooh, I think the first aid kit & grooming kit have been said, but:
I use them for keeping separate meals for the horses when going to overnight shows (Fri PM, Sat AM, Sat PM). --Whoops, someone got that one already :) Eh well.
Anything that I find myself leaving around the stable for convenient use can go into a bucket. Hoofpick, towel (usually hangs off the side to dry!), hard brush for the mud on their legs--it's not really a grooming kit, it's a "keep this junk off the floor" bucket ;)
I keep my wraps (splint/sport boots) in a bucket on the washrack; hang them on the sides of the bucket till they dry then flip them into the bucket till I use them again (usually next day).
I have a bucket with my quilts & polo wraps.
In the tool cabinet I have a bucket that holds all the fasteners: nails, screws, screweyes, hooks, etc. Most stuff is hanging on the cabinet door or in a toolbox or sitting on the shelf, but I do NOT like having those sitting around loose :)
Every day I make up feed for the net day's AM & PM for each horse (I run the stable :) ). Each horse has 2 buckets with his/her name and AM or PM.
One of my boarders makes up her own feed for her 2 horses a week in advance. She uses big plastic bags. I put the plastic bags in a bucket once they're used, and she re-uses the bags when she makes up feed again.
I also use supplement buckets for supplements! I occasionally get a BIG tub of something (like a 40 pound tub of hoof supplement) and use a smaller bucket for the feed room, and store the rest out of the way.
Oh, I have one of those BIG empty supplement buckets in the feed room being used for treat storage. I buy 25 lb bags of Apple Wafers, and store them in this bucket to keep them away from rodents, insects, & water. We go through one of those bags about every two weeks...
I have spares of about a billion things in a couple of old supplement buckets: riding spares (stirrups, stirrup leathers, breastplate, horse boots, bell boots, etc), grooming spares (brushes, sprays, polo wraps, quilts, medications), ETC spares... boy I've got about a bajillion little pieces of equipment. I store everything I don't use every day, and I get rid of stuff I never use--so the stuff that's occasionally used but not daily gets stored in a bucket!
When going to shows we take a cooler full of ice & Gatorade bottles and a bucket full of extra Gatorades for when we run out. I like the idea of filling the bucket with cold water to keep the drinks cool :) we'll probably start that at shows. We go through at least 5 bottles per person per day--of course that's in 90 degree heat. But we have (usually) 2 riders & 2 grooms and 2 or 3 spectators in our group, so...!
I keep shampoos and sponge and stuff in one bucket at the washrack and use that bucket for making suds when I bathe the horses.
I end up with a bajillion buckets because I take care of all the horses, and the owners never want their buckets back when the supplements are all used. I have little buckets that serve well for 1st aid kits (well, the human 1st aid--the horsey first aid is huge!), but most of the buckets are about 2 gallons and suitable for keeping EVERYthing in.
I think I'm going to try to paint one cutely and make it my show grooming kit. Plastic doesn't take paint well, so we'll have to see how well that works. We label the buckets at the stable with masking tape--the marker WILL stick to the masking tape, and it's easy enough to pull off if a horse moves away or a new horse comes in.
Hmmm...I have dog treats in a dog treat jar in my car (refill it when it gets empty) but we need one in my husband's car (like marge, I do rescue!) so I need to grab another bucket.
I think I'm all out, but ther'e sprobably more I'm missing.
25th Sep 2002, 04:51 PM
92) Use it as a container for homemade horse treats!
93) Store coat shine wipes in them (even ones you've made yourself with coat shine and cloths) so they'll stay moist.
94) Everytime you find an odd glove, put it in a tub - eventually, you'll have lots of spare pairs (even if there different colours!!)
95) Store your own lunch in one! (keeps squirrels and mice out - and no-one will steal it!)
96) Leave your headcollar and leadrope in one (or just a leadrope) when the weathers wet, so it'll stay dry!
97) Store you spare riding hat silks in one.
98) Use it to give your horse a quick drink if you can't get your hands on a bucket.
99) Keep all your little annoying bits of baler twine in one, plus a pair of scissors to cut it with
100) Keep all your boot polish and polishing rags in one.
101) In cold weather put some warm water in one and soak your feet in it! (if they dont fit soak your heels then toes!)[
25th Sep 2002, 07:08 PM
YAY WE DID IT!!!!:D :D
25th Sep 2002, 07:42 PM
YAY!!! We made it!! :D
But i have another i just thought of lol... i dont know if it was mentioned before but...
102) hoof polish
We used to fish oil for our horses feet and it came in 2 litre pop bottles... so we poured it into the smaller containers.. ;)
26th Sep 2002, 06:51 PM
we're gonna have 2 start another 101 thread now....... any ideas?
26th Sep 2002, 09:27 PM
well done i doubted it could be done but thats great!!!
27th Sep 2002, 01:48 AM
Wow that is amazing!!! How about umm.. 101 uses for empty feed sacks.. lol, now THAT would be impossible.. 101 uses for binder twine? lol..
27th Sep 2002, 07:33 AM
If you have the round (500gm) supplement pots - take the lid off, screw the bottom to the wall and its a perfect bridle holder - nice and round so that the leather isn't damaged by hanging on a hook.
29th Sep 2002, 12:43 PM
didn't think we'd ever manage 101! yet alone more! well done guys!
12th Oct 2002, 07:34 AM
12 times new roman tomato To keep your bell boots in. Actually I think someone already said that. Oh well :D
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