Spring Cleaning: Readers Get Barns in Shape

More than 540 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How do you 'spring clean' your farm?"

results of poll on spring cleaning horse farms

Results were as follows:

  • Give all the horses a good grooming to help with shedding: 88.52% (486)
  • Wash and put away winter blankets: 71.77% (394)
  • Clean up weeds around the farm: 64.66% (355)
  • Disinfect all water buckets and troughs: 55.01% (302)
  • Clean out medicine cabinets of any expired items: 40.62% (223)
  • Strip and disinfect all the stalls: 30.05% (165)
  • Other: 23.32% (128)

(Multiple selections allowed)

Readers shared their plans for spring cleaning around the farm in the comments below.

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  • Check all fence lines, ensure all paddocks are well stripped and fill holes with fresh dirt, paint
  • No stalls, just a walk in oversized carport
  • Completely clear out the barn and sweep /scrub clean.repair and replace damaged items.
  • Clean up tack and feed rooms also - throw away old, or broken items and donate unwanted tack
  • My horses are mostly iin pastures so thorough fence and gate checks are done also.
  • pull manes, trim excess hair, clean and disinfect feed tubs/buckets, clean feed and tack rooms
  • Herbal Tonic Worming regimen, nosodes
  • I've been doing most of this right along!
  • everything gets cleaned!
  • get skid steer for MUD
  • power wash the inside of the whole barn
  • Check bottoms of fence posts for stability and rot, flush stored hoses with salt and vinegar
  • Clean the tack room
  • The blankets ,stalls, meds are all everyday maintenance. We weed the areas befor the weeds takeover.
  • take down spider webs and dust
  • put winter buckets away, wipe off stall lights
  • Tear down the old hay barn and replace with a bright shiny metal one
  • clean cobwebs, freshen up landscaping, fix fences
  • Clean up old cob-webs & dust in barn; repair fences.
  • harrow manure on pastures
  • Thoroughly clean brushes and combs, deep clean and oil all tack
  • Dust, scrub, blow, air
  • power spray everwhere possible
  • Clean each and every piece of tack, give the tack/feed room a huge clean out.
  • Groom often, power-wash barn in/outside, clean/disinfect everything, wash blankets, FEC/deworm/shots
  • clean out, sort items in tack trunks
  • I also straighten out the tack and feed rooms
  • ALL OF THE ABOVE. That also includes bathing all of our 23 horses, as soon as its warm enough!
  • Clean winter manure from pastures to compost
  • Clean all my tack that has become dried out or moldy over winter
  • Clean tack and riding pads and dry them in the sun.
  • sweep cobwebs, wash window screens,rake paddocks
  • decobbing and a thorough check of all paddocks and fences on the property to ensure their safe
  • Remove all spider webs, clean rafters. Stalls stay cleaned at all times.
  • Clean tack, tack room, feed room
  • Clean, oil and repair/replace tack
  • Move all of my tack out of my trailer and into the barn for easier access.
  • Dust
  • Rake ruts out of their dirt lot
  • Australia, horses are padocked not stabled, cleaning water buckets and weeding are year round ongoin
  • Give horses a warm, disinfect bath to get rid of winter "dirt".
  • I do this routine every month, but I do also vacuum dust and cobwebs out of the barn and loft also
  • Also-wash and inspect trailer.
  • all manure covered by snow is raked up and removed from pastures and pens..
  • soak and clean grooming brushes
  • vacuum stalls & tack room
  • clean pastures
  • check all electric fencing for winter damages.
  • Raking the pasture and removing any manure from the paddock and pasture.
  • Manure clean up!
  • Stalls are routinely disinfected. Mostly cleaning and putting up blankets.
  • Repair fences, clean up manure, clean out the barn when the bedding thaws
  • Complete chore area clean with ShopVac to get rid of spiders/dust. Manure pile to composting area..
  • clean out paddocks, clean out dust and dirt in barn, do any barn repairs
  • Also clean out and organize tack room and barn areas.
  • Pressure wash the inside and outside of the barn
  • Start with the tack room. Everyone loves a clean and organized tack room.
  • Pretty much same as always except for washing and storing blankets.
  • remove old manure from paddocks and corrals
  • Clean and disinfect all brushes, grooming tools, feed buckets, etc.
  • Fecal count, wellness checup with both vet and farrier, check stall,fences for needed repairs
  • clean tack and tack room
  • remove cobwebs, sweep loft for new hay, clean paddock from winter, fence repair, fill in ruts
  • Clean tack
  • water buckets get cleaned every day! along with grooming! We also put away all snow removal equipmen
  • scrub down isle, barn walls and clean out spider webs all around
  • clean paddocks & hay storage areas
  • all of the above
  • We also harrow pastures and overseed when applicable
  • clean out last years cobwebs that I left up for mosquito & fly control
  • clean out hay storage area
  • spread the "compost pile" created over the winter
  • remove old bird's nests, sweep-down walls and ceiling, fill-in holes and wash-outs from winter rains
  • do all the other stuff on the list regularly year round
  • Mainly we harrow the turnout
  • Move snow first still have 2 feet
  • I try to keep it neat always. Give barn and tack room a thorough cleaning annually
  • Spring clean??? Ha ha! On a farm, that stuff goes on year-round!
  • spread the manure
  • clean cobwebs from barn, start getting hay area ready for new batch
  • Barn I used to board at has none of these processes in place - new barn is very pro-active
  • Remove, what was once frozen to the ground, manure from paddock. and clean cobwebs from barn.
  • clean cobwebs; vacuum tack rooms; wash stall walls with Lysol; paint/repair jumps; inspect fences
  • set up the fans
  • clean out tack room and sell old?unused tack etc
  • clean fans/walls/disc & drag paddocks
  • Pressure washing/bleach the barn
  • clean tack box and brushes
  • Use the leaf blower to remove all the dust and cobwebs everywhere, including the hay lofts.
  • Actually, We do all of the above year round.
  • check fences when the snow melts and they can be walked
  • Get cobwebs down, sweep tack room, move and sweep under wood pallets bedding stored on, put fans up
  • Stalls get stripped regularly, disinfected when there is a cause.
  • Sweep down and out tack room, inspect, clean and polish all tack.
  • thawed manure removal
  • fill in holes, clean up manure that was frozen
  • Disinfect buckets weekly; horses get good grooming almost daily; repair all stalls/barn as needed
  • Haul the winter muck pile out to its usual spot. Replace sand and gravel where needed.
  • Dust and remove cobwebs, vacuum
  • Clean out the tack and feed rooms. We do things in reverse of the Northerners down here in Florida.
  • CLean up the paddocks
  • cobweb patrol and start the fly spray system
  • Clean manure in pastures. Muck out run-ins. Check fences. Divide pastures. Clean harness, buggys.
  • get rid of spider webs and accumulated junk!
  • Mostly clean up any storm damage, including fixing fence if necessary
  • clean all tack and get rid of the stuff I don't use anymore
  • pick up manure that was frozen all winter
  • Knock down cobwebs, spray for insects, etc
  • health check & worming , hooves & vaccines
  • get rid of any cobwebs and power wash the barn siding
  • Remove hay that has fallen under pallets and either feed or get rid of if it is moldy.
  • Don't through drugs down the drain.
  • Clean manure out of pastures/paddocks
  • General dust and cobweb removal, power wash stalls as time allows.
  • re-seed pastures, pick up or spread manure that has finally thawed
  • Horses get an iodine shampoo bath to kill off skin diseases.
  • Get the clippers out and trim up bridle paths and ears and FIX FENCES and gates
  • I rake up the hay on the ground underneath the hay bunk so grass can come up there.
  • clean all unused tack and donate local therapuetic riding program
  • clean out tack room and feed room
  • Check fence & any other repairs that need done.
  • clean out hay storage areas
  • Fence board maintenance; touch up paint in barn; seed pasture; spread or give away composted manure.
  • Put away heated buckets, clean up winter refuse, remove manure pile
  • General cleaning of tack rooms; reorganization; pull manes, trim up; swap to sheets, fly sheets, etc
  • CLEAN UP WINTER MANURE PILES.
  • drag pastures
  • Declutter - all the things I was too cold to organize during the winter!
  • Sweep out dust & cobwebs
  • Spray fence lines, trim/prune trees in pasture, clean out run in sheds w/tractor
  • Rake corrals clean & Shop-Vac barn.
  • Disinfect stalls and troughs year-round
  • Most of these tasks are year round activities.
  • remove winter manure piles outside
  • deworm
  • get the barn air out to get all the winter air out
  • i also totallay strip down efery saddle and bridle and harness and clean, condition, and oil each it
  • Clean paddocks and shed fronts of manure thawed after the big snows of winter
  • scrub stock tanks
  • clean out all of the larger horse paddocks free from dung.
  • Clean paddocks and pastures; reseed where needed
  • Bug spray all walls inside my feed barn to ensure the fireants don't take over.
  • Pick up stray wire or hay strings
  • Clean tack room and feed room from winter mess :>)
  • Put away winter gear, bring out the fly gear! Do all cleaning & repairs before the heat hits us
  • repair fences, and check all the electric fences, pick up human garbage that has blown in, and been
  • drag the pastures to spread out the manure
  • all of the above
  • Power wash interior of stalls, aisle and Clean out hayloft.
  • bring out water resistant wear for horses
  • horses only have a run-in, but that gets cleaned out too
  • blow all the dust & cobwebs out
  • Completely clean out tack rooms, feed rooms, and stalls.
  • worm & bathe
  • All of the above!
  • Repair fence/barn, sort tack, trailer service, water barrel disinfection is ongoing year round
  • Remove cobwebs, add footing material around doors, clean and put away tank heaters
  • lime fields
  • Check, clean, repair, discard tack as needed.
  • Check out every piece of equipment for wear.Either fix or replace
  • Also give my tack a good cleaning in the spring and body clip my horse.
  • pasture walk/cleanup
  • Clean pens and sheds then let them dry out without anyone in them.
  • unplug water heaters & medicine cabinet heater. Check all tack that was packed away for the winter.

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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