Stall cleaning is not a pleasant activity, but if you are a fan of cleaning and caring for horses, then it will be easier for you to come to terms with the hardships of cleaning, and the need for this process can hardly be overestimated. Today we are examining how to clean the stall correctly at minimal cost, and how often it should be done.
Stable odors can be more annoying in the summer than at other times of the year. In addition, the pungent odors of horse feces attract insects of all stripes. You can save yourself from them with mosquito nets at the entrance and windows, but believe me, you will not be able to get rid of insects completely in the stable. The litter accumulated in the litter can cause various hoof diseases, and ammonia fumes can be harmful to both your and equine’s sensitive lungs. Yes, cleaning the stall is associated with a number of unpleasant things – and this is not only smell and impurities, but it must be done almost every day. The fact is, if you do this every day, then the cleaning process will take no more than 20 minutes. If every two days, then 40 minutes, and so on exponentially.
Let’s start cleaning the stall. Prepare the following things:
- Special clothing. It can be old, which is suitable only for this work, or disposable clothes, provided that the clothes have no holes and are easily washed.
- Gloves – do not take on such a dirty business with your bare hands.
- Rubber boots. It is better to clean in such shoes – after all, it is easy to clean and protects from insects that may be in the litter. In addition, ammonia vapors do not affect rubber in any way, unlike leather.
- A pitchfork – a more convenient tool for harvesting hay, mankind has not yet come up with.
- Shovel for cleaning manure, shavings and sawdust.
- Broom for final cleaning of the stall – remove cobwebs, sweep out the remains of hay or shavings – in this sense, the broom is indispensable.
- Wheelbarrow – You will have to stack the hay and take it out of the stable.
- Disinfectant solution, bucket and rag if necessary wet cleaning
Now that you are in full ammunition, take the horse out of the stall if, for some reason, it is not yet in the pasture. If it rains outside, move your horse to an empty stall. In general, for high-quality cleaning, the stall must be empty.
Bring the tools to the stall and put the wheelbarrow in the direction of the exit. Do this whenever you return to the stall with an empty wheelbarrow. Maneuvering an empty wheelbarrow is much easier than a full one.
Remove the litter with a pitchfork if it is heavily soiled, or shovel the manure into the wheelbarrow. Don’t overload the wheelbarrow! If it rolls over, you have to do double work. Better make two or three walks.
Check the litter for wetness. It is often advisable to remove only the contaminated areas and refill them with fresh shavings in order to save shavings or sawdust, but make sure the rest is completely dry and clean before refilling with new material. During the winter months, some grooms cover up a thick layer of bedding, and only the top is removed during harvesting. This is done primarily to keep warm. As a rule, cleaner bedding remains at the edges of the stall, and the central part takes the entire blow, but it is worth checking the entire stall in any case. When the stall is completely cleaned of the litter, sweep out the remains with a broom, remove the cobwebs from the corners, including the ceiling, treat the floor, walls and corners with a disinfectant solution and let dry.
After adding new material to the bedding, be it shavings, sawdust, or straw, fluff it with a pitchfork. The thickness of the litter depends on the floor covering. If there is rubber on the floor, the litter may be thinner, if the concrete, then thicker.
Move the manure and used bedding to a designated area that is not near the entrance to the stable, but at a distance. If you dump manure in one place, then, perhaps, later it can be sold for fertilization.
Clean the drinker and nursery. Add new food and fresh water.
So, the stall is cleaned. Now it remains to prepare for the next cleaning. Throw away all disposable items, rinse the instruments with water or disinfectant solution. The wheelbarrow can simply be cleaned of obvious dirt, but if there is stuck manure in it, then it is better to soak it with water overnight. Remember to wash your gumboots.
Here are probably all the simple procedures for cleaning a horse stall. If you have your own know-how or advice on cleaning a stall, write about it in the comments.