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Mucking Out Your Horse's Stall


mucking horse stall1. Dress for success and have the right tools!
Wear dingy clothes, be sure you have work boots, and consider grabbing gloves. A good pair of gloves will keep you from getting painful blisters on your hands. Don't wear your riding boots! You've spent a lot of money on them and they will be ruined by urine. Get rubber or other types of work boots. Gather together all of your tools and park your wheelbarrow facing the direction you'll want to go when you are finished and it is full.

What you need:
Pitch Fork
Shaving Fork
Broad Shovel
Boots (not your riding boots)

2. Move your horse out
You can't clean your horses' stall if he's still in it, so take advantage of his or her pasture time or move them into an empty stall, then remove any feed tubs, watering buckets and toys before beginning.

3. Do it right and do it well

Remove manure and wet or soiled bedding using a pitchfork for straw, a shaving fork for hay, and a shovel when necessary. Put it into the wheelbarrow and be sure to empty it when it gets full so you always have plenty of room. Be sure you are thorough. Move clean bedding to one side once you have a clean area and check beneath it for any soiled bedding that is hidden underneath.

4. Don't over fill
Though it's certainly tempting to cut the amount of work you think you have by over filling your wheelbarrow, don't. It isn't worth it and you may trip or be unable to lift it. It is better to spend the extra time and energy to make more trips than hurt yourself or someone else by making the wheelbarrow too heavy and unwieldy.

5. Make the bed
Go through and evenly distribute whatever bedding you didn't clean out. Be sure you check up around the sides of the stall where the horse may have tossed it. Add new bedding to replace everything that was removed for being dirty and fluff it for your horse. Know your flooring and your seasons; a floor covered with a thick rubber mat can have a thinner layer of bedding. Horses in winter will want more bedding than those in summer. Concrete floors will require more bedding than rubber mats. Know what is happening and what your horse likes when you make their bed.

6. Clean up and move back in
Once you've finished, sweep up any spilled manure, straw or shavings that are in the alleyway and doorways. Put all your tools away properly, making sure that they wont' be in others' way or a danger, and prepare for your horse to move back in. Replace food tubs, watering buckets, toys and then bring your horse back into his newly cleaned stall.

7. Extra Duty
Once a week or so you will want to completely strip your stall of all bedding, clearing everything out till the floor is bare. Shovel out any remains and sweep till clean. Disinfect and odor control the floor, let it dry completely and then proceed to lay new bedding.


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