11 Tips For Spring Cleaning Your Stable
Posted on 21 May 2014 by Kim
With bluebells about to come up in the woods and photos of foals starting to appear on Facebook, it must be Spring. So it must be time to spring clean your stable. We all dread it but it has to be done. Remember your stable is the place that your horse calls home. By giving it a good clean, you’ll be creating a comfortable space for him to live in, making him happier and healthy at the same time. Here are some tips and helpful pointers from EQUUS to consider before you start…
1) First of all, tie those locks back or cover your hair. Shower caps are a great way to cover your hair even if they do look a bit ridiculous. Get yourself a pair of goggles and some old scruffs, the ones you don’t mind throwing away afterwards…
2) Then get your tools ready. Here are some ideas of the kind of things you’ll need: ladders, barrows, good brooms, buckets, disinfectant, hose or pressure waster (pressure washers are a god-send, perhaps try to borrow one if you can!)
3) Before you actually begin cleaning, take everything out of the stable. Take the rubber matting out too. Don’t be tempted to leave your bedding in the stable otherwise you’ll only be worried about dust, dirt or cobwebs getting in it.
4) Give roof areas and trusses a good sweep or, even a vacuum, to remove dust and cobwebs. Sweep the floor thoroughly and making sure you get into all the corners, use a dustpan and brush for those fiddly areas. If you use a hoover, don’t forget to empty the bag afterwards!
5) Disinfect the floor and hose down. This can be done with a dedicated disinfectant or simply a mixture of water and bleach. Allow plenty of time for your stable to dry after you’ve hosed it down and make sure it’s thoroughly rinsed.
6) Clean and check all light fittings and windows. Clean windows with white vinegar. This means less chemicals for the horse, makes it much cheaper for you and it leaves your windows spotless!
7) Clean out buckets and/or water feeder thoroughly, remember to scrub. “Milton" is a good chemical to clean things your horse will eat/drink out of, it’s used for infants and is less smelly than bleach and less harmful.
8) Are you ready for the grimmest part of all? Put a peg on your nose, scrub the rubber matting clean and hose down whilst it’s out of the stable side and hose off. Yuk! (Or pay your little brother or sister £5 to do it for you!).
9) Allow it all to dry thoroughly - we mean really thoroughly!
10) Put everything back, only if you’re sure it’s truly clean, i.e. that there’s no smell of ammonia
11) Finally have a cup of tea and a bar of chocolate and dream about the months of great summer riding ahead!
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