We’re just over a month away from the first day of spring—one of the most anticipated days on any equestrian’s calendar. Longer days, nicer weather, and more daylight hours to spend at the barn are almost here!

Like you, the staff of The Horse can’t wait for that glorious day to arrive and we’re inviting other equestrians to join in our Countdown to Spring Challenge! Each week leading up to the first day of spring, our editors will email challenge participants a tip to help get their horses and farm ready to “spring” into action as soon as winter ends.

“Here in Kentucky our horses have already begun to shed and the temperatures have climbed just enough to remind us that dark drives to the barn will be behind us very soon,” said Stephanie L. Church, editor-in-chief at The Horse. “I’m already planning my spring-preparation weekend projects, and my team and I are excited about seeing the creative things you’re doing to get your barn and horses ready for the change in season.” Participants are encouraged to share their spring preparations with The Horse on social media with #TheHorseCountdown to be included in a Countdown to Spring Challenge slideshow.

The challenge kicks off Monday, Feb. 20, but interested equestrians can sign up now at TheHorse.com/SpringChallenge.