Spring cleaning. Whether those words are music to your ears or make you shudder with fear, it’s that time of year. Keeping your horse happy and healthy is a priority all year long, but Spring is the perfect time to take a closer look at where your horse is living (and look into deworming). To make this process easy and helpful, we have collected some horse stall cleaning tips for you.
Why Is Horse Stall Cleaning Important?
Since your horse spends a decent amount of time in its stall, it understandably gets dirty. Although smelly smells and wetness are unpleasant, they can also indicate that there are some more potentially harmful issues going on. Routine checkups on the stall can catch these issues before they cause any harm or become a bigger beast to deal with.
Build A Routine
When you go into a task with a thought-out plan, you work more efficiently. It can be intimidating when there’s a lot of work to do, so pick apart every step of the process. Horse stall cleaning is much more manageable when you know what you have to do, and in what order it makes sense.
This way, you’ll hit the ground running (or scooping) and you’ll spend less time trying to figure out the best way to go about it. Deciding which direction you want to work (front to back, side to side, etc) will also make things easier.
Watch Out For Ammonia
As you may know, ammonia is a noxious gas that can be released through urination. When humans, horses, and other animals are exposed to high levels of the non-visible gas, it can start to negatively affect your body. Your eyes, lungs, and throat may feel a burning sensation, and it can lead to harmful respiratory issues for all parties. If you experience this, urine for a bad time.
Luckily, there are many ways to keep ammonia levels low in your horse’s stall. Cleaning on a regular basis, setting up proper ventilation, drainage options, and monitoring protein intake in your horse’s diet are just a few ways to help. If you’re concerned about ammonia at any time, don’t hesitate to reach out to your trusted horse health care professional.
Get the Right Horse Stall Cleaning Tools
Getting the right tools for the job will ensure that you’re working smarter, not harder. Getting a pitchfork that is lightweight and built for cleaning stalls will save you time and energy, for example. You can try different methods of cleaning, de-scenting, and mat types to find what you like best.
Keep Up With Maintenance
When you clean the stall, it might also be a good time to make sure that everything else is in working order. Water pipers, floor level, mat condition, protruding nails or other possible threats, dust, feeders, etc. need care too. Checking these regularly will help you avoid issues, or even a costly disaster. Keep a checklist of these items to make the process efficient and easy to track.
Make It Fun
Now that you’re ready to master your 2021 spring cleaning, you can personalize your experience. Do you prefer an empty stall, or a cute companion to be there while you clean? Maybe even make it fun with some music and reward yourself with a tasty treat afterwards.
However you prefer to clean your horse’s stall, we hope that these tips help you out. BRD Vet Rx has been helping horses live their happiest and healthiest lives for almost 100 years, and we will always be here for your horse health needs. View our products or give us a call today, we’d love to hear from you.