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How to Spring Clean Your Horse’s Feed Room
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How to Spring Clean Your Horse’s Feed Room

If you live in the milder states of the US, you must be experiencing spring conditions gradually converting to summer conditions by now. However, for some of us, it seems like trees have just started leafing out and spring is only setting in. Wherever you are in America and no matter how much into spring you are, there one big thing about this season that needs your action - the tidying, cleaning and organizing of your horse’s environment before the intense summer heat sets in.

Whatever you may have on your spring to-do list, your horse’s feed room is a great place for you to start!

Check Thoroughly Around Feed Bins

For those of us who normally use free-standing feed bins for our equine friends, we often forget to pull them away from against the wall to clean behind them, sometimes even for the entire winter season. When we do this, we fail to notice the spiders that have built their webs behind the feed bin or even some unwanted rodent activity.

Give that area a thorough sweep on the walls and the floor. If you have plastic trash cans around, like the ones often those used for feed storage of feed, check them for holes; rats and other rodents are capable of chewing holes in the bottoms of such bins. Wash out your cans using dilute bleach and ensure they’re dry before you put any horse feed in them.

When you empty horse feed into a bin, it’s important to preserve the empty bag until you buy your next one. That bag has crucial details on its accompanying tag that you may need to use as reference for some important production information, for instance, in the unlikely case that there’s a feed recall. Or to save space, use your smart phone to take a feed tag photo.

Clean Feed Buckets and Grooming Brushes

While you still have your dilute bleach solution for cleaning, make sure that you give all your horse’s feed buckets a thorough scrub. And don’t forget to disinfect all your grooming brushes as well.

Check Your Supplements

Remember to sort through all your horse’s feed supplements to ensure that none are past their use-by dates.

Take some time to review your supplement ingredients to make sure that you’re not unnecessarily doubling up on any of them. Make this easy by implementing a system that helps you organize your horse supplements so that they’re easy to locate and so that it is always clear which horse they belong to. Remember, removing any duplicated products is one easy way of decluttering your horse’s feed room, avoiding over-supplementation and potentially saving some cash in the process.

 

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  1. jst4horses
    This is a great article, however, I worked in big racing stables and professional show barns, and ran my own equine therapy programs so was surprised that people do not clean their horse areas weekly, if not daily. In most racing and show stables all the areas are cleaned each day. The opportunity for mold, fungus, and other bad things, like rat poop and its lovely enzymes and growths, are too high and will make your horse sick. I liked the part about spiders, but again, especially in spring this is an important area, even when the spider webs are cleaned every couple of days, you still can get an egg sac that hatches, if it is a poisonous spider, the little tiny babies slide down their webs and bite a HUGE dinner over and over, and make that HUGE dinner very sick. Another warning is to make sure there are NO ant holes in or around the stable areas. One of my racing stallions, only six years old, died before the vet could page us back when some rare fire ants, that must have come into the nearby nursery and migrated over to the stable.......bit him several hundred times when he stepped into their hole. Bees, wasps and other friends need to be encouraged to house themselves elsewhere, they often come in on bales of hay!!!
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