How to clean a Horse Stall

by horselover2

horse stall beddingHorse stalls should be mucked out every day and stripped once a week. Many barns turn their horses out in the morning after they get fed and clean the stalls while the horses are grazing or hanging out in their paddocks.

 Get your stall cleaning equipment together, pitch fork, rake, broom, hard brush, and put everything in your wheel barrel.  Depending on the size of your barn, these may be stored in your maintenance room, feed room, or in the hay barn.

When you get to your stall, take the water buckets out, and clean them in a wash stall or outside the barn. Scrub them with your brush inside and outside. Water buckets or automatic waterers should be cleaned every day and if not daily, at least once a week.

The wheel barrel should be in the entrance way of the stall, facing out with the handles facing you inside of the stall. Wheel barrel handles sticking out into the aisle is dangerous for horses and people.

Pick up the piles of manure first. Start at the front of the stall, either to your right or to your left, and turn over all the bedding in the stall one pitch fork at a time. Go around the outside of the stall doing the four walls first.

Check where your horse urinates and if there are good shavings on top, separate them and save them if they’re dry and clean. Remove all the urine saturated shavings. Shavings can become moldy or mildewed in just a few days. Horses shouldn’t breathe in urea from the urine, or mold or mildew. They can develop lung issues, allergies, or infections which can cause health complications.

After you’ve gotten rid of manure and urine, level your stall. Empty your wheel barrel of shavings into the stall. Some people pile extra bedding against one of the walls and spread the rest in the stall. Other people like to dump the shavings in the middle of the stall and spread the rest throughout the stall.

Put your water buckets back in the stall and fill them with water. Don’t forget to clean the automatic waterers.  Put hay in the hay rack or shake out in a pile in the corner of the stall. Leave the stall door open so the stall can air out while the horses are turned out.

Sweep the aisle and return the equipment from where you got it. Barn chores aren’t the most exciting part of having a horse but they help keep your horse happy and healthy.