How do I get the barn ready for summer?
It's spring cleaning time - which is great to get things in order and make sure you are ready for summer. I like to do some massive cleaning in the spring, and also some massive organizing. Here's a quick list of some projects to tackle!
- Professionally wash and pack away your winter horse blankets. Sometimes you can do this and switch to a lighter blanket as the days get warmer. Now is the time for blanket repairs also, and if one is damaged beyond repair, now is also the time for tack shop sales on winter blankets! I like to store my freshly cleaned blankets in those vacuum bags. This saves space, and keeps the bugs and mice out.
I like to clean and then re-waterproof my horse's blankets over a fence.
- Time to clean out the vet kits and fridges, defrost the freezers, and start the deep cleaning. Check expiration dates, declutter, and organize!
Your horse's Vet Kit should be up to date and restocked.
- If you don't do this on a regular basis, take the bridles apart to clean. (If you clean daily, you can go a lot longer between take-apart cleanings.) Double check stitching and oil unused or rarely used tack if needed.
- Now is the time to deploy fly predators if you use them (depending on climate). It's also the time to put into action your fly control protocols. You may need to add a few more cycles if you use automatic fly control systems, or it may be time to turn the compost or have the manure pile picked up.
- Service the trailer before the shows start! You will need to inspect the inside of your trailer, as well as the outside. I prefer to do a yearly service from a professional trailer servicing company, but in between those visits it's always prudent to do inspections and check tire pressures! For more on trailer tire care, read this article.
- Is it time to pull away the rainwater collection bins? Or start using them? How is your compost pile doing? Time to spread around the farm and flowerbeds?
- Spring is often muddy and mucky - perhaps in your area this is a great time to create some trenches around horse areas to divert spring rains. For more on mud control, this article has some ideas.
- Bust out the calendar and start to plan your horse shows, clinics, vacations, and all of the fun things that go along with having decent weather!
What other things do you take care of in the spring?