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Spring Cleaning

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How do you "spring clean" your farm?
(Check all that apply)

Wash and put away winter blankets
19%
394
Strip and disinfect all the stalls
8%
165
Disinfect all water buckets and troughs
15%
302
Clean up weeds around the farm
17%
355
Give all the horses a good grooming to help with shedding
24%
486
Clean out medicine cabinets of any expired items
11%
223
Other (please specify)
6%
128

Total votes cast: 2053

Comments & Write-in Answers

Check all fence lines, ensure all paddocks are well stripped and fill holes with fresh dirt, paint

3/28/2011 9:29:10 PM

No stalls, just a walk in oversized carport

3/28/2011 8:49:42 PM

Completely clear out the barn and sweep /scrub clean.repair and replace damaged items.

3/28/2011 7:13:33 PM

Clean up tack and feed rooms also - throw away old, or broken items and donate unwanted tack

3/28/2011 6:54:25 PM

My horses are mostly iin pastures so thorough fence and gate checks are done also.

3/28/2011 6:22:22 PM

pull manes, trim excess hair, clean and disinfect feed tubs/buckets, clean feed and tack rooms

3/28/2011 3:28:09 PM

Herbal Tonic Worming regimen, nosodes

3/28/2011 3:19:55 PM

I've been doing most of this right along!

3/28/2011 3:12:14 PM

everything gets cleaned!

3/28/2011 3:06:06 PM

get skid steer for MUD

3/28/2011 12:17:31 PM

power wash the inside of the whole barn

3/27/2011 7:03:39 PM

Check bottoms of fence posts for stability and rot, flush stored hoses with salt and vinegar

3/27/2011 4:35:59 PM

Clean the tack room

3/27/2011 2:14:24 PM

The blankets ,stalls, meds are all everyday maintenance. We weed the areas befor the weeds takeover.

3/27/2011 2:10:18 PM

take down spider webs and dust

3/27/2011 11:56:50 AM

put winter buckets away, wipe off stall lights

3/27/2011 11:17:08 AM

Tear down the old hay barn and replace with a bright shiny metal one

3/27/2011 10:06:08 AM

clean cobwebs, freshen up landscaping, fix fences

3/27/2011 8:22:50 AM

Clean up old cob-webs & dust in barn; repair fences.

3/26/2011 2:33:58 PM

harrow manure on pastures

3/26/2011 2:20:22 PM

Thoroughly clean brushes and combs, deep clean and oil all tack

3/26/2011 11:53:44 AM

Dust, scrub, blow, air

3/26/2011 11:15:59 AM

power spray everwhere possible

3/26/2011 10:47:26 AM

Clean each and every piece of tack, give the tack/feed room a huge clean out.

3/26/2011 5:48:51 AM

Groom often, power-wash barn in/outside, clean/disinfect everything, wash blankets, FEC/deworm/shots

3/25/2011 7:45:08 PM

clean out, sort items in tack trunks

3/25/2011 7:20:50 PM

I also straighten out the tack and feed rooms

3/25/2011 6:20:36 PM

ALL OF THE ABOVE. That also includes bathing all of our 23 horses, as soon as its warm enough!

3/25/2011 6:00:08 PM

Clean winter manure from pastures to compost

3/25/2011 5:29:01 PM

Clean all my tack that has become dried out or moldy over winter

3/25/2011 5:19:48 PM

Clean tack and riding pads and dry them in the sun.

3/25/2011 2:07:26 PM

sweep cobwebs, wash window screens,rake paddocks

3/25/2011 1:13:20 PM

decobbing and a thorough check of all paddocks and fences on the property to ensure their safe

3/25/2011 11:10:37 AM

Remove all spider webs, clean rafters. Stalls stay cleaned at all times.

3/25/2011 9:17:51 AM

Clean tack, tack room, feed room

3/25/2011 8:54:31 AM

Clean, oil and repair/replace tack

3/25/2011 8:07:17 AM

Move all of my tack out of my trailer and into the barn for easier access.

3/25/2011 3:19:18 AM

Dust

3/24/2011 10:42:29 PM

Rake ruts out of their dirt lot

3/24/2011 6:36:51 PM

Australia, horses are padocked not stabled, cleaning water buckets and weeding are year round ongoin

3/24/2011 5:40:26 PM

Give horses a warm, disinfect bath to get rid of winter "dirt".

3/24/2011 4:24:23 PM

I do this routine every month, but I do also vacuum dust and cobwebs out of the barn and loft also

3/24/2011 4:23:16 PM

Also-wash and inspect trailer.

3/24/2011 4:19:00 PM

all manure covered by snow is raked up and removed from pastures and pens..

3/24/2011 3:40:13 PM

soak and clean grooming brushes

3/24/2011 3:35:11 PM

vacuum stalls & tack room

3/24/2011 3:30:23 PM

clean pastures

3/24/2011 12:42:10 PM

check all electric fencing for winter damages.

3/24/2011 9:33:51 AM

Raking the pasture and removing any manure from the paddock and pasture.

3/24/2011 9:18:40 AM

Manure clean up!

3/24/2011 8:44:02 AM

Stalls are routinely disinfected. Mostly cleaning and putting up blankets.

3/24/2011 8:03:36 AM

Repair fences, clean up manure, clean out the barn when the bedding thaws

3/24/2011 2:09:49 AM

Complete chore area clean with ShopVac to get rid of spiders/dust. Manure pile to composting area..

3/24/2011 2:09:22 AM

clean out paddocks, clean out dust and dirt in barn, do any barn repairs

3/23/2011 9:32:42 PM

Also clean out and organize tack room and barn areas.

3/23/2011 8:52:03 PM

Pressure wash the inside and outside of the barn

3/23/2011 5:23:21 PM

Start with the tack room. Everyone loves a clean and organized tack room.

3/23/2011 4:38:18 PM

Pretty much same as always except for washing and storing blankets.

3/23/2011 4:12:36 PM

remove old manure from paddocks and corrals

3/23/2011 3:23:25 PM

Clean and disinfect all brushes, grooming tools, feed buckets, etc.

3/23/2011 3:15:17 PM

Fecal count, wellness checup with both vet and farrier, check stall,fences for needed repairs

3/23/2011 2:38:57 PM

clean tack and tack room

3/23/2011 1:55:24 PM

remove cobwebs, sweep loft for new hay, clean paddock from winter, fence repair, fill in ruts

3/23/2011 12:12:30 PM

Clean tack

3/23/2011 11:15:56 AM

water buckets get cleaned every day! along with grooming! We also put away all snow removal equipmen

3/23/2011 11:08:24 AM

scrub down isle, barn walls and clean out spider webs all around

3/23/2011 11:05:27 AM

clean paddocks & hay storage areas

3/23/2011 10:36:01 AM

all of the above

3/23/2011 10:12:53 AM

We also harrow pastures and overseed when applicable

3/23/2011 10:11:21 AM

clean out last years cobwebs that I left up for mosquito & fly control

3/23/2011 10:10:53 AM

clean out hay storage area

3/23/2011 9:45:11 AM

spread the "compost pile" created over the winter

3/23/2011 9:34:03 AM

remove old bird's nests, sweep-down walls and ceiling, fill-in holes and wash-outs from winter rains

3/23/2011 8:40:53 AM

do all the other stuff on the list regularly year round

3/23/2011 8:17:01 AM

Mainly we harrow the turnout

3/23/2011 8:13:10 AM

Move snow first still have 2 feet

3/23/2011 7:51:12 AM

I try to keep it neat always. Give barn and tack room a thorough cleaning annually

3/23/2011 7:50:10 AM

Spring clean??? Ha ha! On a farm, that stuff goes on year-round!

3/23/2011 7:05:37 AM

spread the manure

3/23/2011 6:37:51 AM

clean cobwebs from barn, start getting hay area ready for new batch

3/23/2011 2:06:56 AM

Barn I used to board at has none of these processes in place - new barn is very pro-active

3/23/2011 12:56:00 AM

Remove, what was once frozen to the ground, manure from paddock. and clean cobwebs from barn.

3/23/2011 12:13:34 AM

clean cobwebs; vacuum tack rooms; wash stall walls with Lysol; paint/repair jumps; inspect fences

3/22/2011 11:22:46 PM

set up the fans

3/22/2011 10:15:31 PM

clean out tack room and sell old?unused tack etc

3/22/2011 10:13:27 PM

clean fans/walls/disc & drag paddocks

3/22/2011 9:50:20 PM

Pressure washing/bleach the barn

3/22/2011 9:21:20 PM

clean tack box and brushes

3/22/2011 9:07:59 PM

Use the leaf blower to remove all the dust and cobwebs everywhere, including the hay lofts.

3/22/2011 9:03:58 PM

Actually, We do all of the above year round.

3/22/2011 8:47:14 PM

check fences when the snow melts and they can be walked

3/22/2011 8:36:20 PM

Get cobwebs down, sweep tack room, move and sweep under wood pallets bedding stored on, put fans up

3/22/2011 8:18:37 PM

Stalls get stripped regularly, disinfected when there is a cause.

3/22/2011 8:17:10 PM

Sweep down and out tack room, inspect, clean and polish all tack.

3/22/2011 8:03:00 PM

thawed manure removal

3/22/2011 7:52:24 PM

fill in holes, clean up manure that was frozen

3/22/2011 7:50:06 PM

Disinfect buckets weekly; horses get good grooming almost daily; repair all stalls/barn as needed

3/22/2011 7:26:50 PM

Haul the winter muck pile out to its usual spot. Replace sand and gravel where needed.

3/22/2011 7:04:47 PM

Dust and remove cobwebs, vacuum

3/22/2011 6:56:58 PM

Clean out the tack and feed rooms. We do things in reverse of the Northerners down here in Florida.

3/22/2011 6:51:19 PM

CLean up the paddocks

3/22/2011 6:47:24 PM

cobweb patrol and start the fly spray system

3/22/2011 6:38:15 PM

Clean manure in pastures. Muck out run-ins. Check fences. Divide pastures. Clean harness, buggys.

3/22/2011 6:37:20 PM

get rid of spider webs and accumulated junk!

3/22/2011 5:52:01 PM

Mostly clean up any storm damage, including fixing fence if necessary

3/22/2011 5:49:00 PM

clean all tack and get rid of the stuff I don't use anymore

3/22/2011 5:48:56 PM

pick up manure that was frozen all winter

3/22/2011 5:28:18 PM

Knock down cobwebs, spray for insects, etc

3/22/2011 5:22:11 PM

health check & worming , hooves & vaccines

3/22/2011 5:13:08 PM

get rid of any cobwebs and power wash the barn siding

3/22/2011 5:09:41 PM

Remove hay that has fallen under pallets and either feed or get rid of if it is moldy.

3/22/2011 5:06:08 PM

Don't through drugs down the drain.

3/22/2011 4:55:25 PM

Clean manure out of pastures/paddocks

3/22/2011 4:51:20 PM

General dust and cobweb removal, power wash stalls as time allows.

3/22/2011 4:48:24 PM

re-seed pastures, pick up or spread manure that has finally thawed

3/22/2011 4:44:55 PM

Horses get an iodine shampoo bath to kill off skin diseases.

3/22/2011 4:39:31 PM

Get the clippers out and trim up bridle paths and ears and FIX FENCES and gates

3/22/2011 4:36:48 PM

I rake up the hay on the ground underneath the hay bunk so grass can come up there.

3/22/2011 4:29:27 PM

clean all unused tack and donate local therapuetic riding program

3/22/2011 4:26:34 PM

clean out tack room and feed room

3/22/2011 4:25:56 PM

Check fence & any other repairs that need done.

3/22/2011 4:18:56 PM

clean out hay storage areas

3/22/2011 4:07:13 PM

Fence board maintenance; touch up paint in barn; seed pasture; spread or give away composted manure.

3/22/2011 4:07:03 PM

Put away heated buckets, clean up winter refuse, remove manure pile

3/22/2011 4:03:57 PM

General cleaning of tack rooms; reorganization; pull manes, trim up; swap to sheets, fly sheets, etc

3/22/2011 4:01:07 PM

CLEAN UP WINTER MANURE PILES.

3/22/2011 3:59:54 PM

drag pastures

3/22/2011 3:59:52 PM

Declutter - all the things I was too cold to organize during the winter!

3/22/2011 3:57:45 PM

Sweep out dust & cobwebs

3/22/2011 3:56:04 PM

Spray fence lines, trim/prune trees in pasture, clean out run in sheds w/tractor

3/22/2011 3:55:18 PM

Rake corrals clean & Shop-Vac barn.

3/22/2011 3:54:52 PM

Disinfect stalls and troughs year-round

3/22/2011 3:53:17 PM

Most of these tasks are year round activities.

3/22/2011 3:51:03 PM

remove winter manure piles outside

3/22/2011 3:50:21 PM

deworm

3/22/2011 3:46:23 PM

get the barn air out to get all the winter air out

3/22/2011 3:33:07 PM

i also totallay strip down efery saddle and bridle and harness and clean, condition, and oil each it

3/22/2011 3:32:19 PM

Clean paddocks and shed fronts of manure thawed after the big snows of winter

3/22/2011 3:31:57 PM

scrub stock tanks

3/22/2011 3:28:02 PM

clean out all of the larger horse paddocks free from dung.

3/22/2011 3:26:51 PM

Clean paddocks and pastures; reseed where needed

3/22/2011 3:26:23 PM

Bug spray all walls inside my feed barn to ensure the fireants don't take over.

3/22/2011 3:26:08 PM

Pick up stray wire or hay strings

3/22/2011 3:18:16 PM

Clean tack room and feed room from winter mess :>)

3/22/2011 3:12:15 PM

Put away winter gear, bring out the fly gear! Do all cleaning & repairs before the heat hits us

3/22/2011 3:06:29 PM

repair fences, and check all the electric fences, pick up human garbage that has blown in, and been

3/22/2011 3:06:00 PM

drag the pastures to spread out the manure

3/22/2011 3:03:37 PM

all of the above

3/22/2011 3:02:35 PM

Power wash interior of stalls, aisle and Clean out hayloft.

3/22/2011 3:00:47 PM

bring out water resistant wear for horses

3/22/2011 2:58:51 PM

horses only have a run-in, but that gets cleaned out too

3/22/2011 2:55:07 PM

blow all the dust & cobwebs out

3/22/2011 2:54:51 PM

Completely clean out tack rooms, feed rooms, and stalls.

3/22/2011 2:44:31 PM

worm & bathe

3/22/2011 2:43:43 PM

All of the above!

3/22/2011 2:35:12 PM

Repair fence/barn, sort tack, trailer service, water barrel disinfection is ongoing year round

3/22/2011 2:29:52 PM

Remove cobwebs, add footing material around doors, clean and put away tank heaters

3/22/2011 12:06:15 PM

lime fields

3/22/2011 11:26:40 AM

Check, clean, repair, discard tack as needed.

3/22/2011 9:43:58 AM

Check out every piece of equipment for wear.Either fix or replace

3/22/2011 9:37:19 AM

Also give my tack a good cleaning in the spring and body clip my horse.

3/22/2011 8:36:49 AM

pasture walk/cleanup

3/22/2011 6:19:33 AM

Clean pens and sheds then let them dry out without anyone in them.

3/22/2011 1:46:42 AM

unplug water heaters & medicine cabinet heater. Check all tack that was packed away for the winter.

3/22/2011 1:24:45 AM