Letting your dear horses stay in their respective stalls for each part of the day will require you to ensure that the place is always kept clean and safe. Stalls that are not cleaned regularly can attract insects to thrive and therefore putting horses at risk for bigger troubles like hoof problems such as horse thrush. On top of that, unclean stalls and beddings are not only very smelly and unpleasant but can have higher concentrations of ammonia thus encouraging adult and young horses to develop lung problems. So not only will your horses have problems, you will also have a hard time working with them in a very unclean and unpleasant environment. Hence, as part of keeping your horses healthy and your work easier, clean the stalls regularly.
The first thing you should do before cleaning the stalls is to ensure that you are dressed accordingly for the job at hand to protect yourself. Wear the right size of gloves to prevent your skin from getting blisters as you work. The urines of horses can also corrode leather stitching so you are better off wearing rubber boots when cleaning. The next thing to do is to clear the stalls with everything in it including feeding tubs, toys, water buckets, as well as your horses. Time your mucking during the day time where you would usually let your horses out in the pasture. However, if you can’t let your horses out for some reason, transfer them to vacant stalls.
Once the stalls are ready for clean up, it’s time to get your cleaning tools ready including the wheelbarrow. Remove all the manure and soiled beddings from thoroughly using a pitchfork and place them in the wheelbarrow. You can also make use of shovel if you find it easier to use. Once the beddings are cleared from dirt, even them out before adding new ones. Make sure to gauge well the thickness of the new beddings with respect to the current season.
Now that the horse barn stalls are cleaned and beddings are replaced, you may now clean the doorways and alleys from spilled manures and shavings. Clean as well the Horse Stall Doors and make sure that they work properly. Horse Stall Doors should have a working latch to ensure that your horses cannot get themselves out of the stalls as they are left inside to rest and relax for the night.