Well horse stalls and stables are cleaned daily already, but it is surely a great idea for a full spring clean at least once a year. Unclean stalls will attract pests and will result in problem such as thrush. The horse will thank you for a better living!
Things Required For Cleaning A Stable
- A strong wheelbarrow
- Pitch fork
- Shavings fork
- Hose or pressure washer
- Work Boots/Rubber
- Replacement bedding
- Rubber Matting( Optional)
1. Dress Appropriately
Make sure that you are wearing the best clothes for the job at hand as you can get very dirty! An essential is gloves as you may get blisters from all hard work you are doing. It is also great idea to wear specific work/ rubber boots and certainly not riding boots for doing the job as the urine may cause effect on stitching. Cheap riding gloves with sticky spots on them are great for handling tools as well as bags without slipping. Do not keep loose hair and wear scruff as it can get messy.
2. Prepare Your Tools
Every detail should be on hand nearby as soon you may need it. When you are parking a wheelbarrow close to door making sure that it is facing the direction you want to go with. Turning it around when full is really very difficult. Try buying a tool hanger which may be expensive but surely very useful.
3. Clear the area
You will need to remove everything from the area. All bedding, rubber matting, feed buckets and more. Right at this point, just check whether the things need replacing or a good clean will do. For those who have solid stable matting, a good scrub will make them look new. In true sense, it may be less tiring to find fresh ones. Check the feed buckets for cracks or damage as these will need to be replaced without risk of harming the horse.
4. Try the pressure washer
They are very expensive but they come and can make the job easier, so try and borrow one if you can. They will get every single nook and cranny of the stable leaving no dirt behind. A perfect foundation, for laying down the disinfectant and cleaning up after it.
5. Do not forget the roof, walls, fittings and windows
If you are not paying enough attention then it is easy to forget the areas one should pay attention to. The room should have cobwebs and remove them with broom. There will lots of dust along the way. Now it is the perfect chance to give the windows good clean so the horse can have great view.
6. Disinfectant the area
With the use of shovel or scrape, clean up any old remnants. Make sure that the disinfectant has been rinsed away and the floor is dry before one adds bedding on top of it.
7. Replacing with good quality bedding
Some good quality bedding is surely a great option to clean respectively. Use absorbent bedding for better and clean stable replacing small parts of bedding accordingly.
Well maintaining the stable in the right way is very important and appropriate cleaning and right matting solution, it can be easily achieved.