I posted yesterday about how I was taught to clean stalls when I was attending equine college (yes, I had cleaned stalls before this.)
I was pleasantly surprised to find that others out there;
- find joy in stall cleaning
- are slightly obsessed with it:)
The one bedding mentioned that I have not tried was peat. I especially appreciated Maritza K. for posting about her family helping and how she had to figure out a way “to ensure we were all being equally thorough” which included her making a stall chart. I believe that this is probably why the university ‘taught’ us how to clean stalls.
I know it is the reason that I have used a clear teaching method with my boys, who are not as naturally obsessed with stall cleaning. If the stall needs to be stripped, that doesn’t take much training. But if the stall needs to be sorted through I found it was easier to teach them a method such as piling it all in the middle. I am actually going to try the more modern ‘throw it against the wall’ method the next time my horses are inside!
Cheryl H. shared this stall cleaning video; WARNING: If you are paying your kids to clean the stalls, don’t let them watch this video! My boys saw a demo of the ‘electric manure fork’ in the video below and it took MONTHS for them to stop asking for one every time they cleaned stalls! I’m guessing that the fork, at $54.95 is likely much less expensive than the European model below it.
If you are obsessed with stall cleaning…prepare to enjoy watching the following videos!