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Spring Cleaning

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What is the first item on your spring cleaning to-do list?

Giving the horses a good grooming to help them shed their winter coats
58%
454
Fertilizing, over-seeding, and general pasture care
18%
144
Deep cleaning the barn
12%
93
Horse trailer and pickup maintenance
5%
41
Other (please specify)
7%
55

Total votes cast: 787

Comments & Write-in Answers

Too much to list!

4/1/2013 8:49:53 PM

cleaning up the winter sacrifice areas, the other stuff is kept up on a regular basis

4/1/2013 7:26:45 PM

Remove blanket, brush to shed and clip errant hair

4/1/2013 6:24:57 PM

All of the above.

4/1/2013 12:35:09 PM

Removing frozen manure from paddocks

4/1/2013 9:26:54 AM

all of the above, plus cleaning up fallen leaves around the barn

3/31/2013 8:48:15 AM

Get my 11 their food first then everything else comes next!

3/30/2013 10:05:37 PM

Manure Mgmt - spreading, dragging

3/30/2013 6:14:43 PM

deepclean barn then spray pasture so grasses are not challenged

3/30/2013 1:57:31 PM

Horses and barn should be clean all year round

3/30/2013 12:56:23 PM

All of the above, except no trailer

3/30/2013 10:57:37 AM

Thorough fencing check and revamp if necessary

3/30/2013 8:30:39 AM

Actually all the items listed are on the to-do list! :)

3/29/2013 9:16:45 PM

Walking the pastures and evaluating their conditions....for safety, weeds, future mantainence, etc.

3/29/2013 5:46:45 PM

all of thee above

3/29/2013 5:07:04 PM

Grooming - He looks like a sheep

3/29/2013 2:01:37 PM

I think it is important to clean the entire barn and inspect stalls, pastures, and tack.

3/29/2013 1:52:58 PM

all of above

3/29/2013 11:09:43 AM

2'nd on the list is to clean barn from top to bottom, and check and clean & oil all tack items.

3/29/2013 10:36:18 AM

clean brushes & saddles

3/29/2013 10:09:27 AM

It's that hairy time of year!

3/29/2013 10:05:08 AM

Manure removal

3/29/2013 8:09:03 AM

I groom every day, cold or not.

3/29/2013 7:18:04 AM

worming

3/29/2013 1:25:47 AM

clean all blankets and tack well

3/28/2013 9:35:23 PM

One of my two is a very hairy beast so I have to get that hair off before it warms up too much.

3/28/2013 8:28:16 PM

all of the above

3/28/2013 7:49:52 PM

all of the above year around as necessary

3/28/2013 7:47:16 PM

do not waer fleece when doing...LOL or chapstick!!

3/28/2013 7:21:07 PM

All of the above and then some!

3/28/2013 7:17:43 PM

Bathe as soon as it's warm enough and clipping.

3/28/2013 6:47:10 PM

just bought lime today!

3/28/2013 5:23:22 PM

Grooming of horses & vehicles/trailers getting ready for riding season.

3/28/2013 4:34:55 PM

Cleaning the inside (deworming) as well as the outside (grooming)

3/28/2013 4:30:29 PM

All of the above!

3/28/2013 3:27:27 PM

All of the abovee

3/28/2013 12:02:56 PM

pasture cleanup, repairs and safety

3/28/2013 9:15:07 AM

vaccinate horses

3/28/2013 8:36:37 AM

clean all manure from paddocks & fields

3/28/2013 6:39:06 AM

Getting the field/paddocks ready for the girls, all others is routine for me.

3/28/2013 4:13:39 AM

Would you eat out off a Dirty Bowel then don't expect your Horse Too Have a look at The Smart Bunker

3/27/2013 5:01:41 PM

Horse grooming and pasture over-seeding simultaleously

3/27/2013 4:47:34 PM

Cleaning and checking tack!

3/27/2013 12:28:17 PM

they get groomed every day possible year round

3/27/2013 11:22:54 AM

Can't wait to lose the blankets and shed them out. SO ready for Spring!

3/27/2013 11:08:04 AM

Sheath cleaning

3/27/2013 9:34:38 AM

My horses are gray and they need a bath

3/27/2013 9:05:49 AM

spring shots/fix barn doors and ice problem

3/27/2013 8:55:09 AM

Spring cleaning? What's that?

3/27/2013 7:23:40 AM

all of the above!

3/27/2013 6:48:00 AM

We've already started! Cleaned out the tack shed and feed/hay storage a week ago.

3/27/2013 3:34:39 AM

All of the above!

3/27/2013 1:00:01 AM

Removing the shit glaciers from the paddocks.

3/26/2013 11:40:38 PM

Clean and repair tack

3/26/2013 11:05:12 PM

All of the above + tack cleaning and repair

3/26/2013 10:44:54 PM

clean my tack!

3/26/2013 10:29:32 PM

Clean up trodden hay in feeding areas once the glaciers melt

3/26/2013 10:17:29 PM

bio security for barn trailer and tools

3/26/2013 9:47:55 PM

Work on fencing

3/26/2013 9:32:51 PM

a good grooming and pasture care.

3/26/2013 9:30:49 PM

I've already started all of these, but fence fixin' I'm about to start!

3/26/2013 9:18:10 PM

Taking care of piles of frozen poop

3/26/2013 9:08:07 PM

Both deshedding the horses and working on pasturese

3/26/2013 9:04:25 PM

vaccinations/dental work

3/26/2013 8:46:41 PM

Unfortunately shedding goes on for 2 months

3/26/2013 8:01:12 PM

cleaning the paddocks.

3/26/2013 7:27:52 PM

Come spring, I turn my "yak" back into a hunter horse--trim his mane, tail and feathers.

3/26/2013 7:25:25 PM

Horse blankets

3/26/2013 7:25:19 PM

Fence Repair & Upgrade to Underground leads

3/26/2013 7:13:40 PM

a good cleaning/oiling of my winter saddles before I store them and bring out the summer ones

3/26/2013 7:11:34 PM

Washing the walls in the stall.

3/26/2013 7:07:40 PM

Definately grooming.. We live in Alaska so there is plenty of hair to shed!

3/26/2013 6:47:27 PM

Clean tack

3/26/2013 6:37:07 PM

All of the above!

3/26/2013 6:18:23 PM

BATH!!!!

3/26/2013 6:07:17 PM

Pasture maintenance is time critical; keep up on cleaning and maintenance throughout the year

3/26/2013 5:58:18 PM

Well if it's warm enough a bath for my horse

3/26/2013 5:52:53 PM

Clean the Tack room

3/26/2013 5:46:40 PM

A body clip for the hairy beast!

3/26/2013 5:28:48 PM

get the grunge off the outside of the trailer!

3/26/2013 5:26:36 PM

Watching grass growth and their weight. Make sure they don't get too much .

3/26/2013 5:17:01 PM

clean turn out blankets

3/26/2013 4:43:26 PM

Pasture over-seeded already, next comes heavy grooming.

3/26/2013 4:24:22 PM

Cleaning harnesses, training the new foals, and getting ready for show season with my Shires

3/26/2013 4:08:38 PM

Spray weeds-don't fertilize.Rather spend the $ on hay that I can ration out.All are easy keepers.

3/26/2013 3:52:11 PM

did all the other in the fall

3/26/2013 12:37:34 PM

Wash and pack away winter blankets

3/26/2013 12:03:33 PM

I board my horse so I have the luxury of concentrating only on him.

3/26/2013 10:28:03 AM

body clipped my mare's thick coat this year for the first time!

3/26/2013 10:23:47 AM

Getting the winter coat off is my first priority since I board and don't maintain the barn/pasture.

3/26/2013 10:21:16 AM

Shedding will actually take months, ugh.

3/26/2013 10:05:07 AM