Spring cleaning around the barn0
With many locations in southern and central Ontario reaching into the teens this week, it feels like spring is almost here. Although most of us would rather be riding in this gorgeous weather, we should take the time to do some spring cleaning around the barn. Here is a short checklist of activities to do in order to get your barn warm weather ready.
- Remove cobwebs. Not only will it make your barn cleaner, it will make your barn safer. Cobwebs can be a fire hazard and with all of the barn fires in Ontario this year, you will want to reduce your risk as much as possible.
- Now is the time to go through your tack collection and figure out what needs cleaning, replacing, repairing, or giving away. There are lots of tack swaps this time of year so you could potentially make some money to put towards new tack while getting rid of the items you no longer need or use.
- Spring time is probably when your hay supply is at its lowest. Cleaning out all of the loose hay not only prepares the loft for when fresh hay comes in, removing any mouldy hay will reduce the chances of any of it spontaneously combusting and causing a fire.
- Go through your horse (and human) first aid/medical kits and throw out and replace any items that have expired.
- Schedule an appointment with your vet to have a physical exam done, vaccinations administered, and answer any questions you may have
- Take your truck and trailer in for a safety check. After sitting all winter, your rig may have been damaged in some way from either winter weather, rodents or general wear and tear from the previous season.
- Clean winter blankets by either sending them to the cleaners or doing it yourself. Cleaning and storing blankets will tidy up your barn aisles.
- While this should be done on a regular basis as well, take the time to check your fences, stalls and any other areas your horses frequent for anything that needs repairing. Spending the time and effort now could save you from dealing with any injuries later on.