Nine: Using a horse reel. This will allow you to know how much your horses have
to drink. You must fill your water buckets every day, and it becomes quite
tedious to drag a hose down an aisle and back again. A hose reel will allow you
to do this effortlessly, and make this process much easier.
Eight: By using bucket hooks on your buckets, you are going to limit the strain
you have when you are lifting heavy buckets. These are C-shaped, and they donít
need to be snapped closed. The handle simply fits into them and is held secure.
Seven: On sliding doors, you can put a blanket bar on each of them. This way,
you can keep blankets, fly masks and boots, as well as other every day needs,
right on each stall door, allowing you to reach up and grab something without
having to walk to the other side of the barn.
Six: You should have a power blower. If you have one that is electric, it will
do great work at straight shots up and down the aisles in the barn. If you need
to go around corners, as well as in and out of stall doors, the gas powered kind
will be even more useful. Remember to let out the horses before you use the
blower if the barn is very dusty.
Five: Feed tubs that are detachable are very useful in this situation. Because
of the differences in the behaviors of horses, you need to be prepared for those
that are messy eaters as well as those that are neat eaters. If all of your feed
tubs are detachable, you can clean them whenever needed, because messy and clean
eaters usually donít like to eat out of tubs that are dirty Ė even if they have
made the mess themselves.
Four: One of the best things that you can have is a muck-bucket cart. Because
wheelbarrows can be so awkward and are hard to dump, a muck bucket is the
solution. It can be moved with only one hand, which leaves your other hand free
to carry the other tools of this trade.
Three: You will need hard plastic stock tanks. Because these are almost
impossible to destroy, and shaped in such a way that make them easy to empty at
clean up time, you are going to see an increase in your clean up ease.
Two: Another essential are stock tank heaters. You have a choice here, because
the floating stock tank heaters will do fine, but the kind that actually screw
into the tanks, in the bottom, are much better because the only way they will be
a danger is if you have a horse who will put his or her feet into the tank. Be
sure to use electrical outlets that are out of the horseís reach.
One: Stall Mats. These rubber mats will end up being your most important item.
They mean that the horse requires less bedding, and they are also easy to clean.
The best thing about them is that your horses wonít be left to stand on ground
that is messy or uneven.