Here are the tips:
1. Carry out a general cleaning of the barn, especially on a sunny day.
2. Be sure to clean and clear the barn's drainage system. This will help prevent clogging and flooding.
3. Make sure that the gutters are cleaned and cleared. Any blockage can lead to accumulation of debris that may be destructive to the entire structure.
4. Be sure to use rubber mats within the stalls, down aisles and wash racks. These are easier to clean and less slippery.
5. Sweep the barn using a power blower on a regular basis. This knocks down spider webs and generally cleans the place better.
6. If there is any exposed wood, make sure that it is painted and treated for rot or any type of infection.
7. Be sure to clean the feeding tubs. To make your work easier, you can simply install the detachable ones so that they are easier to clean on a weekly basis.
8. Repair and replace any part of the barn that may be falling apart. This is for the overall integrity of the whole structure. This involves regularly checking to see if there are any parts that need repair or replacing.
9. Make sure your grounded lighting is well protected and that the whole system works. Hire a professional to run the diagnostics. This will involve checking for any exposed wires and needed repairs.
10. Be sure to check the HVAC system. Make sure it is in good working order and free of debris. This is especially important before and during the winter months.
11. Keep the barn free of flammable material such as chaff, dust and cobwebs. These are all hazards that can increase the likelihood of a fire.
12. Make sure that the grounds around the barn are well maintained. Mow the grass on a regular basis and get rid of any weeds. This gives the whole structure an overall beauty and clean look.
There is a lot more to horses than just riding them. While their grooming is an important part of taking care of these creatures, their barns need just as much care. These are the 12 tips on barn maintenance that can help you keep a healthy and well cared for stable.