Spring isn’t quite yet in sight, but there’s always something to do when looking after your horse barn – even during the winter.
You could be doing a comprehensive safety check of your facilities, tidying up the barn, or perhaps even building a new barn.
In any case, winter is not the time for total rest! There’s always something you could be doing to improve the grounds. While undoubtedly, summer is the best season for most equestrian activities, you may find it difficult to keep up with the premises amidst your busy schedule. Now that you have some down time remaining during the slow season, you should maximize it with the tips below.
Use the Time to Deep Clean
Depending on your horses’ turnout schedules, they’re likely still spending a decent amount of time inside the barn. While you might be keeping on top of a regular cleaning routine, the daily wear and tear can start impacting the building’s quality. Consider using this time to inspect aspects that you don’t usually clean, such as walls, windows, or gutters. Deep cleaning your premises is a great way for you to maintain your property in the best shape for years to come, and it can also help you provide your horses with a clean, hygienic, and comfortable home.
Dedicate Time to Necessary Repairs
During the summer, you will need your facilities and equipment to work at their best during prime riding months. Whether you’re a backyard horse owner or perhaps operate a stable business, there’s plenty you can do during the winter months. Start your repair checklist by doing a thorough inspection of your fence line, stable structures, and riding equipment. Now may also be a great time to plan ahead for trailer repair services.
Keep Your Horse Barn Safe
Your barn or stable should be a safe haven for you, your horses, and your visitors. It’s important to continuously dedicate time to improving their safety. You might decide to implement fire extinguishers and evacuation plans (in case one is needed). You should also check for pests and infiltrations.
Potential dangers or risks in your horse barn might also come from other sources. Looking around, you might find that there are pieces of equipment or other objects placed around the barn that need to be placed out of harm’s way. Horses can be easily injured, so conduct a risk assessment walk-through and decide what aspects can represent a threat and prevent an injury.
Look After the Grounds
Outside of the barn, your work load may vary during the winter months depending on the local climate. Snowy regions may place a heavier focus on snow removal and keeping water buckets thawed, while milder regions may need to place close attention to mud.
If you can move your horses to alternate pastures during the off-season, it may be a good idea to do so. This will allow for your summer pastures to get a break and avoid creating a larger mess. And while your pasture is on rest for the winter, don’t forget to get some rest for yourself!