Barn Safety | By: American Stalls | Date on: 05/2/2019

“Spring-cleaning only applies to your home” – said no equestrian ever. 

While we’re midway through the Spring 2019 season, it’s about time to do some good ole’ Spring-cleaning in your horse barn.

A fresh barn can make the world of difference in the health and sanity for your horses and handlers!

It’s time to effectively organize and stow away your winter equipment and get organized for warm weather riding (finally). 

Here are a few tips to help you kickstart your spring-cleaning:


COMPLETE CLEAR OUT

This may go without saying, but don’t forget to clear out your space before you start cleaning away – including hay, bedding, mats, and any movable equipment.

An empty space is key before you start your cleaning process.

This includes turning your horses out to the pasture. This practice is key as your horses tend to get in the way of effective cleaning – not to mention kicked up dust that is hazardous to their health. 

Once this all is done, the real work begins.


HAY ROOM

The removal of hay can be cumbersome, but this is step one after a complete clearing out. Once you remove hay, we recommend a thorough sweep throughout the area.

Afterwards, look around and remove cobwebs – a fire hazard in your barn – as you find them. This practice accomplishes a safer barn while also making for a fresh appearance. Lastly, scan your hay room for any wet spots. A wet spot could help identify a potential leak in the roof that requires repair – essential to preventing moldy bales of hay. 

Once you’ve given the room a good cleaning, it’s time to bring back the hay now that the floor is clear.


Tack Room

We’ve all been guilty of spending hours on Pinterest – scrolling through dreamy barns and tack rooms.

Well now it’s your time for your tack room to shine!

Firstly, you can make extra space by removing supplies and gear that you no longer use. You can also always donate unwanted supplies to a local horse rescue. 

Once you’ve cleared some space, it’s time to polish your hardware. Oh and don’t forget to clean and oil any leather. 

Lastly, you’ll want to wash and organize your riding blankets. Once you have everything organized, it’s a great idea to do one final dusting and sweep of your dream tack room.


HORSE STALLS

*Cracks knuckles*

“Welcome to our speciality”

We all can attest to the times our stalls have been left unkempt in the wintertime. This is why it’s crucial to do a deep spring cleaning. 

For a whole article, we recommend that you read our guide, “How to Disinfect a Horse Stall?”


AISLEWAYS

“Another expertise of ours!” 👀

Aisles, in any horse barn, can quickly turn into storage areas – aka second tack rooms. Spring is the perfect time to finally clean your aisle way to declutter and organize your equipment. 

This is a great practice for cleanliness, but also to remove any potential fire hazards.  

Lastly, decide on a new space in the barn where you can store excess tools, supplies, and equipment. A designated space is sure to make it easier for you to follow through with returning those items. 


SAFETY EQUIPMENT

One of the most neglected equipment in any home or barn: safety equipment. This includes:

  • Make sure that your fire extinguishers are serviced and placed in an easy-to-find location. 
  • Get the wiring checked by an electrician.
  • Clean your stall fans. 
  • Restock your first aid kit
  • Replace any expired items. Clean all fans in your barn, and

Cleaning is never the favorite, glamorous topic in any household or organization – yet it is essential. 

We hope these tips will help you kick off a clean and successful Summer season. 

Happy cleaning! 

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