5 Simple ways to keep the barn spotless

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5 Simple ways to keep the barn spotless

Think of all the barns you have been to in your life. Which barns stand out in your mind as being the nicest/most organized/well managed? I bet these barns will all of have something in common – they are spotless. You do not need to have expensive stall doors and fancy flooring to have a barn that leaves people with an incredible impression, it just has to be clean. However, a clean barn does sound like an oxymoron. Fortunately, you can have a barn and yard that sparkles if you implement these five easy rules:

1. Hang a hoof pick on every stall door and always pick horses’ hooves before they walk out of their stall – This simple trick not only will keep barn floors clean throughout the day, but it is also fantastic for your horses’ hoof health. Hoof picks are cheap, you can order them from Bit of Britain  for under $2. Invest in one for every stall and use some binder twine to hang them with. When there is a hoof pick hanging beside the horse’s halter it is impossible for anyone to forget to do this simple task.

2. Have a wheelbarrow and pitchfork beside all riding arenas. Make it a non-optional rule that everyone is responsible for cleaning up after his or her horse. – Not only will this keep the arenas looking much cleaner but it is also good for most types of footing to keep organic matter out of them. It is sad but if this is not a rule that barn owners are strict about, most people seem to ignore it. Make it a rule, and enjoy riding in a clean arena.

Clean rings keep the footing top-notch.

Clean rings keep the footing top-notch.

3. Sweep the feed room daily – Flies love horse grain and if your feed room is not swept every day it becomes a breeding ground for them. If you can sweep the barn aisle daily, there is no reason you cannot take the extra few minutes to sweep the feed room.

4. Buy a leaf blower or quality brooms Obviously neither of these options are free but in the long run the time you will save makes it worth the price. Leaf blowers do a great job getting a barn aisle spotless but they can stir up dust so they are ideal for stables with good ventilation or barns where the horses are all outside during mucking hours. If a leaf blower is out of the question, make sure you buy brooms that work and replace them as necessary.

A leaf blower is an amazing time saver despite the noise.

A leaf blower is an amazing time saver despite the noise.

5. Make sure everything has a correct place – Organization is key and if everything has a logical place that it lives your barn will stay looking pristine. Have a shelf for clean saddle pads, a laundry hamper for dirty saddle pads, wraps, etc., saddle racks, bridle racks, a place where all the brush boxes sit, holders on the wall for brooms and pitchforks, and so on. It should be crystal clear to everyone at the barn where things belong so everyone can follow suit. A barn should always be clutter free both for safety and aesthetic reasons.

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