As daylight gets longer and the temperatures get warmer, spring is the perfect time to get your barn ready for the season. Here are 5 barn chores to get your spring cleaning started.
1. Maintenance and Repair
Winter weather conditions often bring some damage or even destroy areas in or surrounding your barn. Walk around and inspect areas that may need some extra attention or repairs before the busy riding season arrives. Here are some areas to make sure are sturdy and unharmed.
- Gutters and downspouts
- Stall doors
- Fence slats and cross ties
- Roof and siding
2. Deep Clean
They call it “spring cleaning” for a reason! Your buckets, troughs, tubs, and other products will need a deep clean as the warmer weather can cause moisture and bacteria to grow. Next, it’s time to empty and sweep the hayloft, aisles, and stalls. For your stalls, you will want to use Little Giant® Stable Forks that are designed to provide easy manure pickup with less spilling.
Check out this video for a step-by-step guide to properly cleaning horse stalls:
3. Declutter and Reorganize
Now is the perfect time to take inventory of what products and equipment you have in your tack room, what you actually use and need, and what you can donate or throw out. You can put your winter products away, clean your blankets to store, and free up valuable space in your barn. Check out these “Everyday Storage Helpers” to consider for your barn. Write a list of the anything that may need replaced or purchased for your tack in the upcoming season.
Your list of items will make for easy shopping for everything you and your horses need for a successful season. From buckets and tubs to DuraForks and DuraTotes, Little Giant® has the products you need for a stocked barn in a variety of sizes and fun colors!
Be sure to personalize your barn! Whether it’s incorporating some products in your favorite colors, adding some of your favorite flowers to the outside of your barn, or featuring some personal achievements you and your horse have won over the years. By following these initial steps, your horses will have the clean environment they can thrive in and a barn ready for the season.
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