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STEP 6 Rebed the stall.
Use the manure fork to pull the shavings away from the wall and spread them
across the stall. Concentrate this bedding in the wet areas first. You’re essentially
rotating stall bedding so you remove the oldest first.
You’ll find additional manure pieces hiding as you spread the shavings. After you
spread out all of the bedding, pick and remove these errant pieces. Add more bedding as needed. Finally, settle the leftover hay back in its place in the stall or hay rack.
STEP 7 Clean and fill water buckets.
Take the buckets from the stall, dump them, give them a twice-around with a
scrub brush, and refill.
This step comes last because there’s no sense in putting clean water buckets
into a stall only to mess them up again while cleaning or adding bedding. (It also
comes last because it is my least favorite horse-care task.)
A thoroughly clean stall makes for a healthier home for your horse and a more
pleasant barn for you. This whole stall-cleaning process should only take you
15 to 20 minutes in the beginning, which is not a lot of time to invest in your
As you learn your horse’s stall habits, you’ll establish a rhythm and make this
chore go even faster.
Freelance writer LISA MUNNIKSMA has cleaned hundreds of stalls in her day but now spends more
time traveling, growing food and writing about it. Follow her on Instagram @freelancefarmerchick.