What sorts of yard tools are good to keep at the barn?
Yard work is about as appealing as a root canal to me, but I still like to have some yard tools handy to make barn chores easy and fast. And, most of these tools are super easy to find at your local hardware store!
Giant rolling magnet.
Horse hooves + metal parts = disaster. So, a giant rolling magnet can really come in handy. Even if you are not doing any new construction, you will always be doing repairs. And, the earth is constantly turning over, so your horse paddocks and turnouts are constantly spitting up weird metal and dangerous things. I know it seems weird - but the photo below shows a few things that I found in a paddock after a rain.
I ordered my magnetic roller online from a roofing supply company, and you may be able to find one at a larger hardware store.
I found all of these items in a paddock one day. Giant vet bills, waiting to happen.
For cleaning crossties, barn aisles, cobwebs from above, the hay area, you name it. Push brooms are great for big messes. You can also separate the bristle end from the handle of a push broom and attach them to your stall thresholds to keep the bedding inside the stall, and not have it dragged down the barn aisle. Regular brooms are great for small jobs!
Store your brooms with the bristle side up to preserve them, or hang them.
Easy storage with clips, this keeps brooms nice and stiff.
I prefer the super light (and smaller) metal leaf rakes. I use them to smooth out bedding, spread bedding in outside areas, and also to rake up leaves in the fall. The larger plastic version are a bit clumsy for me to use, take up more room, and sometimes they collect so many leaves you have to stop and spend a year yanking them out.
These handy spring handle holders keep everything organized and your broom bristles off the ground.
Giant snow shovel.
These are handy for muck tubs throughout the barn and cross ties. You can get metal ones, or heavy duty plastic ones, your preference. I think the heavy duty plastic ones make less noise as you scrape them along the ground…. Good for picking up piles of “stuff” that you have swept up, and also good for sweeping up manure in the cross ties and barn aisle.
Snow shovels are good for snow, scooping shavings from a bulk bin, and scooping poops from the barn aisle or horse wash rack.
While this is a gardening tool, it has a horsey name, which makes me like it even more. These are super for removing weeds quickly and swiftly. Because they have a long handle, you can deal with weeds around the barn and paddocks without bending over.
A stirrup hoe and a broom.
What are your favorite yard tools to have around the barn??