It’s finally time to open the barn windows and doors and let in the spring air! When the horses start shedding their winter coats and the sun begins staying out longer, it’s a good indication that warmer days are coming and it’s time for some spring cleaning. After a long winter with muddy hooves and dust collection, your stable can probably use a good dusting. Here are a few other items to check off your spring cleaning checklist:
- Wash your stall doors
Stall doors collect a lot of dust throughout the winter. Grab a bucket of water and some Pine-Sol to wash your stall doors. You’ll be amazed at how much nicer your barn looks after a good washdown.
- Work on Mud Management
With warmer weather comes a lot of mud! Tackling mud management can be a huge project for most facilities. Spring is a great time to install PermaGrid flooring. PermaGrid can be used for paddocks, stalls, riding arenas, exercise runs, and feeding areas to help reduce mud.
- Dust, Dust, Dust
It’s so important to make sure you dust your barn to prevent any dangerous hazards, such as electrical issues. As the days get warmer and we start to use our outlets for stall fans, it’s crucial to make sure they are safe and clean. Dusting also makes your barn clean and fresh!
- Put away winter blankets and heated buckets
It’s time to take your winter blankets to the laundry mat and put them away for the summer. Removing blankets from the barn aisles will open up more space in your barn and make it so much nicer. It’s also time to swap out heated buckets for regular ones and store your heated buckets out of the way.
- Organize your tack room
Through the winter it’s easy to dump your tack and supplies. Spring is a great time to reorganize your tack room and get rid of any unnecessary clutter.
- Clean up any sticks and debris outside
Pasture clean-up is important before you turn your horses out for grass for the spring. Cleaning up any sticks, leaves, or other debris from the winter from around your barn will help keep your barn area safe and clean.