Take this 7-day equestrian spring cleaning challenge: Day 3

 

Take this 7-day equestrian spring cleaning challenge: Day 3

Spring has sprung so it is time for you to get your rear in gear for the 2018 season. Some riders have already begun their competition seasons, others are just preparing to start and some are relocating from their Southern winter bases to their Northern homes. Regardless of whether or not you even compete your horse, spring is the perfect time for cleaning and organizing. Spring cleaning can be a little daunting for equestrians because we tend to have heaps of stuff spread out over various locations. From your tack room to horse trailer to garage – there are horsey items in desperate need of cleaning and organizing. Fortunately for you, I have broken down your spring cleaning tasks into a straightforward seven-day challenge. We will be publishing spring cleaning tips every second day because let’s face it, no equestrian has seven days straight to clean! Simply dedicate seven days that suit your schedule to complete these tasks and you will thank yourself for it…

Don’t forget to start the challenge from the beginning: 

Stay tuned for the next eight days (we are publishing spring cleaning tips every second day) to tackle your spring cleaning done like a pro.

Day 3: Clean and organize your horse trailer like you’ve never done before

Horse trailers are an essential piece of equipment for equestrians. Of course, some equestrians borrow trailers or hire shippers but most seem to own a trailer. Horse trailer tack rooms tend to accumulate all kinds of random horsey equipment and show gear and the horse compartment can get wildly dirty over time. Before you start trailering your horse all over the country this season for horse shows, lessons, schooling, etc. take the time to get your horse trailer in top condition.

1) Start by cleaning the horse compartment. First, remove all hay, shavings and other dirt or items out of the compartment. Then take a broom and give it a thorough sweeping. If you can, remove the floor mats and clean them outside the trailer so you can clean thoroughly under them. You should then get a pressure washer and spray every square inch of the compartment. If you don’t have access to a pressure washer you can use a hose, car cleaning brush and heaps of elbow grease to do the job. Once the horse compartment is squeaky clean, you can sweep out excess water and towel or sponge down the trailer so it doesn’t have water sitting in it. Leave the doors of the trailer open until it is totally dry. Remember to pick a warm sunny day for the pressure washing part of this job.

 


 

2) Do some straightforward maintenance work on your trailer. Obviously, you should take your horse trailer to a certified mechanic at least once a year to get it inspected with a fine-toothed comb to ensure it is safe and in perfect condition. But there are some maintenance jobs you should do yourself. Start by oiling all of the hinges on the doors and windows. Then check the outside of it over for any scrapes or scuffs. Most horse trailers come with a can of extra paint that you can use to repair small scratches and now is the time to use it if needed. You should also inspect your tires and make sure they have the right amount of air in them and the treads are looking good. If they look a bit worn, it might be time for new tires. You will have a much better season if your horse trailer is in impeccable working condition.

3) Tackle your trailer tack room. Start by pulling every single item out of your trailer tack room. Now that is empty, sweep it out then vacuum it and then finally mop it. If there is still some dirt can use a bucket with warm soapy water (dish soap works great to cut through grime) and a sponge to get your tack room walls or other surfaces that you cannot reach with a mop. Use a towel to sop up any excess water and let your tack room dry thoroughly.

While your tack room is drying, it is time to organize all of your belongings. Start by sorting everything that is clean from things that are dirty. For horsey item cleaning tips click here. Now, sort things that you need in your trailer from things you don’t. Often useless prizes, old supplements, broken tack, etc. can accumulate in your tack room – throw out all of this garbage. If there are things that you need but shouldn’t be in your horse trailer store them somewhere else because often trailer tack rooms have very limited space and it is annoying working out of a crowded tack room.

After you have all the items that you need in your horse trailer in a pile and they are all clean, it is time to organize them. For an example of how you can organize your horse trailer, I will breakdown how mine is done:

  • Horse boots in one container.
  • Saddle pads and coolers in a massive duffle bag.
  • Bridles, breastplates, extra halters, lead ropes, etc. hang up on hooks.
  • All bathing supplies in a designated bucket.
  • Show grooming equipment is in a grooming tote.
  • Braiding supplies are in a small plastic container however, I have used a braiding stool to store them too.
  • Studs are kept in a fishing tackle box.
  • A large plastic tub with a feed scoop in always in my trailer to store open feed bags when I’m on the road.
  • Buckets are stacked together.
  • Show jackets, body protectors and pinneys are on hangers in a jacket bag.
  • Helmets, gloves and spurs are kept in helmet bags.
  • A boot bag is used to keep my riding boots clean and protected.
  • All other random must-have items are in a large tack trunk.
  • Pitchfork, shovel and broom sit nicely in a small storage section within the horse compartment.

Now that you have some ideas on how you can organize your horse trailer items, it is time to have fun and organize your belongings to suit your needs. You will love rocking up to a horse show with an immaculate looking horse trailer that is perfectly organized.

Stay tuned to Eventing Connect for the next eight days to complete your spring cleaning with ease.

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