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Spring Barn Cleaning Guide for Horse Owners: Free Printable Checklist

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Welcome spring with our essential Horse Owners' Spring Cleaning Guide! Discover practical tips for refreshing pastures, stables, and equipment, ensuring a vibrant, healthy environment for your horses. Embrace the season equipped with our handy checklist and ready for joyful rides!

Spring cleaning 🌷✨🧹 isn’t just about making things look pretty—it’s important for the health and happiness of our horses.

A thorough clean can prevent illnesses, eliminate potential dangers, and keep everything organized, making our daily chores a bit easier. It’s also a perfect moment to inspect and maintain our tack and gear to ensure they last longer and perform better.

Now, as someone who currently leases a wonderful mare named Muffy, I know too well that each setup is unique. My mare enjoys a fabulous “paddock paradise,” giving her plenty of room to roam, with the barn serving more as a storage area for essentials. But no worries—whether your setup is big or small, the cleaning tips I’m about to share are versatile and can be applied to any barn configuration.

To kick things off, I’ll be sharing some “before” photos of my friend’s barn (it’s a bit of a work in progress!), and I’d love for you to join in the fun! Send me your “before and after” spring cleaning photos, and I’ll feature some of the best transformations right here on the blog with full credit and links to your social media (if you’d like). Go to contact me page or down to the bottom of any webpage to see my email address.

 So grab your gloves, crank up the tunes, and let’s get this spring cleaning spree started!

Technically aisle of barn now feed room/tack room. Needs a makeover.

Tack Room Spring Cleaning

Alright, folks, let’s head into the tack room—a space that can easily become a black hole of tangled straps and forgotten treasures. Spring cleaning here is more than a chore; it’s a mission to transform this chaos into a streamlined sanctuary of equestrian efficiency.

Decluttering and Downsizing Your Tack

First up, we’re diving into that mountain of tack and equipment. Ask yourself, do you really need that old, dusty martingale or those cracked boots you swore you’d fix up? If it’s collecting dust, it might be time to part ways. Consider donating usable items to local riding schools, therapeutic riding centers, or pony clubs.

This not only clears out your space but supports the equestrian community—win-win!

Storage Solutions for a Tidy Tack Room

With the clutter out, let’s get organizing. Here are some essentials to keep your tack room tidy:

  • Saddle Racks: These are crucial for keeping your saddles shapely and off the ground.
  • Bridle Hooks: Say goodbye to tangled reins and hello to neatly hung bridles.
  • Shelves and Bins: Perfect for stashing blankets, grooming kits, and all the bits and bobs. Pro tip: Label everything for easy access.

Leather Care: Keeping Your Tack Supple and Strong

Leather tack isn’t just functional; it’s a significant investment. Proper care means longer life for these precious items.


  • Wipe Down: Start with a soft cloth to remove any surface dirt.
  • Deep Clean: Use a glycerine soap with a damp sponge to nourish while you cleanse.
  • Spot Treatment: For those stubborn stains, a specialized leather cleaner is your best friend (just patch test first!).


  • Pick the Right Product: Natural, oil-based conditioners like neatsfoot or mink oil work wonders.
  • Regular Application: Depending on use and environment, conditioning every few weeks keeps leather in prime condition.
  • Extra Moisture: In dry conditions, a little extra oil can keep leather from becoming brittle.

Weather-Specific Care:

  • Dry Climates: Amp up the conditioning to combat dryness.
  • Humid Conditions: Keep an eye out for mold. Store your gear in a well-ventilated area and consider mold-preventive products.

Bonus Tip:

Always store your leather goods in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent fading and drying out. Investing in saddle covers and bridle bags can add an extra layer of protection, keeping your gear ready for action.

A well-organized tack room is a game changer, making your daily routine smoother and ensuring your gear lasts longer. And let’s face it—it’s just plain satisfying to see everything in its place. Now, snap a “before” pic if you haven’t yet, and let’s see that transformation!

Feed Room Spring Cleaning and Organization

Ah, the feed room—arguably the heart of our barn’s daily operations and a critical area that deserves some serious spring cleaning attention. This is where all the magic happens for maintaining our horses’ nutrition, so let’s get it sorted!

Declutter and Deep Clean Your Feed Room

First order of business is to declutter. It’s time to part ways with expired feeds, outdated supplements, and those treats from last Christmas that somehow got shoved to the back of the cupboard. Clear out everything that’s no longer usable and properly dispose of old chemicals or medicines that need special handling.

Once you’ve decluttered, give the whole room a thorough clean. Dust off the shelves, sweep the floors, and don’t forget to get into those nooks and crannies—yes, even behind the feed bins! A shop vac really comes in handy here for sucking up all the stubborn dust and cobwebs.

Inventory and Restocking: Planning for the Season Ahead

With a cleaner space, you can now see exactly what you have (and what you need). Take an inventory of your current feed, supplements, and other essentials. Is anything running low? 

Make a shopping list and consider this the perfect time to switch to better storage solutions like airtight containers to keep feed fresh and deter pests.

Organization Strategies for a Smooth-Running Feed Room

Now let’s make it pretty and practical:

  • Labeled Bins: Invest in high-quality bins for different types of feed and supplements, and use a label maker to mark each clearly.
  • Shelving: Efficient use of vertical space with shelves can help keep bags off the floor, reducing the risk of moisture damage.
  • Racks and Hooks: Install racks for hanging hay nets and hooks for brooms, scoops, and other tools to keep the floor space clear.
  • Feeding Schedule Board: Consider a whiteboard or chalkboard to track feeding schedules, special diet notes, and other important reminders for easy visibility.

An organized feed room not only looks great but also streamlines your feeding process, ensuring that meals are prepped quickly and correctly. Plus, it’s so much easier to keep track of inventory when everything has a place.

As you’ve done with your tack room, take those “before” photos of your feed room cleanup and share them with the community. Let’s inspire each other to keep our barns not just functional, but also safe and beautiful places for our beloved horses.

Spring Cleaning For Barns And Stalls

Now we’re getting to the heart of the matter—the barn itself! Whether it’s full of bustling stalls or set up primarily for storage, like my situation, maintaining a clean and orderly environment is key.

Dust And De-Cobweb: Banishing The Creepy Crawlies

First on our list is tackling those cobwebs. Aside from being unsightly, they’re also a fire hazard. Equip yourself with a long-handled broom or a vacuum with an extension hose to reach every corner, rafter, and light fixture. It’s time to show those spiders the door!

Deep Clean Barn

Since my barn is more about storage than stalls, here’s how I approach the big clean:

  • Empty and Evaluate: Remove everything. Yes, everything! This helps you see what you’ve got, what you need, and what can be rehomed or tossed.
  • Sweep and Scrub: Get rid of dust, leaves, and anything else that’s piled up over the year. A good scrub down with soapy water (dish soap is my go-to) makes a huge difference.
  • Organize as You Go: As you return items, think about how frequently you use them. Keep regularly use d items accessible and consider better storage solutions for the rest.

For those with stalls, here’s a quick rundown:

  • Remove Everything: Clear out all bedding, feed and water buckets, hay nets, and other equipment. This will give you full access to all surfaces that need cleaning.
  • Sweep and Scrub: Start with a thorough sweep to remove all dust, cobwebs, and loose debris. Follow up by scrubbing the floors and walls with a detergent solution to tackle grime and organic material. Don’t overlook the corners and crevices where dirt and bacteria tend to accumulate.
  • Disinfect: Use a horse-safe disinfectant, such as accelerated hydrogen peroxide or potassium peroxymonosulfate. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for proper dilution and contact time. Apply the disinfectant to all surfaces, including walls, floors, doors, and window sills, and let it sit long enough to be effective.
  • Dry and Replace: Ensure everything is dry before you replace bedding and equipment.

Clean And Disinfect Equipment: Keeping Things Sanitary

Don’t forget about the water buckets, feed tubs, and other gear. These should be cleaned out regularly to prevent buildup and bacterial growth. A weekly disinfection routine is also crucial for keeping things fresh and safe.

DIY Cleaning Solutions: Natural And Effective

For those who prefer a more natural cleaning approach, here are some simple recipes:

  • Vinegar and Water: Perfect for most surfaces, this mix can cut through dirt and neutralize odors. Use a 50/50 mixture in a spray bottle.
  • Baking Soda: Great for stubborn stains. Use it as a paste (mix with a little water) or sprinkle it on damp surfaces and scrub.
  • Lemon Juice: Ideal for disinfecting and adding a fresh scent. Use it diluted for everyday cleaning, or neat for tough spots.

Safety Note:

Always spot test homemade solutions to avoid any damage to surfaces, especially when working with materials like wood and metal that might react differently.

With these steps, not only will your barn look great, but it will also be a healthier space for both you and your horses. So, grab those cameras and let’s make those “before” shots into impressive “after” showcases. Here’s to a barn we can all be proud of!

Manure piles are getting taken out with the backhoe. But honestly a wheel barrel can work too.

Pasture and Paddock Spring Cleaning

With the barn now in tip-top shape, it’s time to step into the great outdoors—our pastures and paddocks. Keeping these areas well-maintained is vital for our horses’ health and happiness. Here’s how we can ensure they have a safe and clean environment to frolic in.

Fence Patrol: Keeping Boundaries Secure

🌿 Time to focus on a super important task—Fence Patrol! Yep, those boundaries we set up are more than just lines on the ground; they’re the first line of defense for our equine pals. So, when spring rolls in, it’s crucial we make sure everything’s secure to keep our special horsey friends safe and sound.

As you stroll along the fence line, here’s what to keep your eyes peeled for:

Obvious Damage: Check for any broken boards, loose wires, or nails sticking out—yikes! These could hurt your horse, and we definitely don’t want that. Pay extra attention to the busy spots like gates and corners where your horse might hang out or try to break free.

Vegetation Watch: Overgrown branches and weeds? Not only do they make fences weak, but they can also mess with electric fences, causing shorts. Trim those troublemakers back regularly to keep the view clear and prevent your horse from getting tangled up. Oh, and watch out for nasties like poison ivy or oak that could irritate both your and your horse’s skin.

Gate Check: Make sure those gate latches are doing their job right. If a gate doesn’t close properly, you might find yourself playing a game of “catch the escapee horse”—not fun!

Post Check: Have a good look at the fence posts, especially around corners and gates where there’s a lot of stress. Check for signs of rot or instability. Those posts need to be strong and deeply rooted, so they stand up to the job.

Keeping these things in check means a safer pasture for everyone. Let’s make it happen!

This board needs to be replaced. Muffy was so kind to keep pawing and pulling it out, several times after I moved it!

Additional Fence Repair Tips

Let’s talk about how to keep your horse fences in great shape, because a well-maintained fence keeps our horses safe and gives us peace of mind. Here’s a quick rundown on what you might need to do depending on the type of fence you have around your paddock:

Wooden fences: Start by replacing any broken boards you spot. Then, grab a screwdriver or a hammer to tighten up those loose nails or screws. Sometimes, the posts get old and rotted, and when they do, it’s time to either reinforce them or put in new ones. Keeping these fences in good shape really helps keep everything secure and tidy.

Wire fences: Check out the wires first—if any are broken, you’ll need to repair or splice them to make sure they’re continuous and strong. Make sure the wires are taut and not sagging anywhere. Loose staples or fasteners? Tighten those up so your fence stays well-supported.

Electric fences: These need a bit of special attention. Make sure there’s no debris causing shorts along the fence line. It’s crucial to check that the grounding is done right to avoid any mishaps. And always, always make sure the voltage is up to snuff—at least 3000V—to keep it effective but safe for the horses.

Remember, keeping your fences in top shape isn’t just a chore—it’s a way to ensure our horses are happy and secure. Let’s keep up the good work!

Debris Removal: Treasure Hunt for Hazards

After a long winter, our pastures can look a bit like a treasure map, dotted with hidden hazards rather than gold. Let’s turn into detectives and clear out anything that could be a risk:

Fallen branches: These are more than just an eyesore; they’re tripping hazards that can catch a hoof or a boot. Scoop them up and clear the way.

Rocks and stones: After the thaw, these little troublemakers can pop up out of nowhere. They’re especially risky in soggy ground where hooves are more vulnerable. Removing them can prevent painful hoof injuries.

Trash and debris: It’s surprising what can end up in our fields. From plastic bags to random bits of garbage, these items are not just ugly—they can be dangerous if our curious horses decide to take a nibble.

Safety tip: Always slap on a pair of sturdy gloves for this job. Not only will they protect you from sharp objects and icky stuff, but they’ll help you handle everything safely as you dispose of it properly. Let’s keep our pastures clean and safe for everyone!

Water Source Wellness: Keeping it Clean and Clear

Water is life, especially for our horses. Maintaining clean water sources is essential:

  • Regular Cleaning: Regularly empty and scrub water troughs to prevent algae buildup and bacterial growth.
  • Disinfection: Occasionally use a diluted bleach solution or commercial cleaner to disinfect the troughs.
  • Leak Checks: Fix any leaks immediately to prevent water wastage and overly muddy conditions.
  • Flow Maintenance: Ensure that water systems are functioning correctly to keep fresh water flowing.

Manure Management: Keeping it Under Control

Effective manure management is key to controlling flies and maintaining pasture health:

  • Daily Pick-Up: For smaller paddocks or heavily trafficked areas, regular manure removal is best. This means less work picking the whole paddock in one sitting. Plus a bonus of less flies and other parasites. I help my friend out with mucking as she is unable to at the moment. Unfortunately I can only do a few times a week. So when I pick paddocks there is usually a lot of poop to pick up.
  • Dragging: In larger areas, dragging helps break up and distribute manure, which accelerates decomposition and disrupts fly breeding grounds.
  • Composting: If possible, composting manure creates valuable fertilizer that can enrich your gardens or fields. That is what my friend is doing. She uses the compost for her vegetable garden.

Let’s make sure our pastures aren’t just maintained, but thriving. A clean, safe pasture means healthier, happier horses. So, grab your tools, and let’s get to work on transforming these spaces into the safe havens our horses deserve. And remember, it’s always satisfying to see those dramatic “before and after” photos—don’t forget to take yours!

Raking up poop in piles.

Horse Supplies and Equipment Spring Cleaning

As the season changes, it’s time to give our horses’ equipment the attention it deserves. This gear keeps them comfortable and performing their best, and a thorough spring cleaning can extend its life and functionality. Let’s dive into making sure everything from blankets to boots is spotless and ready for the year ahead.

Blanket and Sheet Spa Treatment

Our horses’ blankets and sheets see a lot of use throughout the seasons, from shielding against winter chills to providing summer comfort. Here’s how to get them fresh and clean:

  • Washing: Always adhere to the manufacturer’s care instructions. Different materials may require specific detergents or settings.
  • Drying: Before storage, ensure all items are completely dry to prevent mildew. Air drying is best, but if you must dry indoors, choose a well-ventilated area.
  • Storing: Fold each item neatly and store them in a cool, dry place. Breathable storage bags can offer additional protection from dust and pests.

Grooming Gear Gleam-Up

A clean grooming kit not only works better but also helps prevent skin irritations on your horse:

  • Brushes: After each use, remove hair and debris. For a deeper clean, soak brushes in warm water with mild soap or shampoo. Occasionally, I’ll even toss them in the washing machine on a gentle cycle for a thorough wash.
  • Curry Combs and Hoof Picks: Regular washing with soapy water followed by disinfection will keep these tools in prime condition.
  • Grooming Carriers/Boxes: Don’t forget the carry-all! Empty and clean these out regularly to avoid dirt build-up.

Equipment Essentials: Cleaning and Inspection

Every piece of your horse’s gear needs regular maintenance, not just for cleanliness but also to check for wear and tear:

  • Boots and Bell Boots: Clean off dirt and debris after each use. Wash with gentle soap and water as necessary.
  • Saddle Pads: Wash according to manufacturer guidelines and air dry thoroughly.
  • Girths: Use saddle soap for leather girths and a mild soap solution for synthetic ones. Regular conditioning keeps leather supple.

Tip: As you clean, inspect each item for any signs of damage. Look for wear on straps, tears in fabric, and stress on buckles. Replacing worn gear not only keeps your horse safe but also ensures optimal performance.

Spring cleaning your horse’s supplies isn’t just about aesthetics—it’s an important part of routine care that enhances safety, comfort, and the overall riding experience. Turn up your favorite tunes and make this cleanup a fun and fulfilling project!

Recommended Cleaning Products and Tools

Spring cleaning your barn and maintaining your tack is much easier with the right arsenal of products and tools. Here’s a roundup of some recommended items, ranging from commercial options to DIY solutions, all chosen with our horses’ safety in mind:

Barn Cleaning Products:

  • Disinfectants: Choose disinfectants that are safe for horses such as accelerated hydrogen peroxide or potassium peroxymonosulfate. These are effective against various pathogens and are less harsh than traditional chemicals.
  • Deodorizers: Instead of masking odors, go for products that absorb them. Baking soda is a fantastic natural option, or you could opt for commercially available barn-specific deodorizers.
  • DIY Solutions: For a simple and effective clean, mix vinegar with water. This solution can clean most surfaces without leaving harmful residues. Baking soda mixed into a paste can be used for scrubbing tough grime. Look to the next section for more DIY options.

Tack Cleaning Products:

  • Leather Cleaners: For everyday leather maintenance, glycerine saddle soap helps preserve the natural oils, while products like Fiebing’s or Lexol offer deeper cleaning.
  • Leather Conditioners: To keep leather tack supple and prevent cracking, consider using conditioners such as Passier Lederbalsam, Effax Leather Balm, or Leather Honey, which contain beneficial oils and waxes.
  • Neatsfoot Oil: Ideal for softening particularly stiff leather, apply this oil sparingly and allow it to soak in thoroughly before using the tack.

Barn Cleaning Tools:

  • Pitchfork and Shovel: Invest in a durable pitchfork for manure removal and a strong shovel for handling bedding.
  • Wheelbarrow: A two-wheeled model provides stability and ease when moving heavy loads around the barn.
  • Shavings Fork: This tool is excellent for sifting through bedding to remove the soiled parts without wasting the clean.
  • Broom and Dustpan: Choose a broom with stiff bristles for rough barn floors and a large dustpan to help make cleanup quicker and easier.
  • Scrub Brush: Essential for scrubbing floors and walls, opt for a brush with a comfortable, ergonomic handle to reduce hand strain.
  • Hose and Spray Nozzle: Ensure the hose can reach all areas of the barn and select a nozzle with multiple settings to suit various cleaning tasks.
  • Buckets and Sponges: Maintain separate buckets for different tasks (e.g., soapy water, rinsing) and use sponges appropriate for the surface being cleaned.

Key Tips:

  • Always prioritize products that are non-toxic and safe for use around horses.
  • Regular maintenance using these tools can prevent the buildup of grime and bacteria, making your next spring cleaning session even easier.
  • Sometimes, the most effective tool is “elbow grease.” Don’t underestimate the power of a thorough, hands-on clean!

With these products and tools, you’ll be well-equipped to keep your barn and tack in excellent condition, ensuring a healthy and safe environment for both you and your horses.

DIY Solutions: Cleaning Hacks From The Barn

When it comes to keeping your barn clean, sometimes the simplest ingredients—many of which you may already have on hand—can be the most effective. Here’s a guide to some DIY cleaning hacks using natural ingredients, their effectiveness, and important safety considerations:

Homemade Cleaning Solutions

Vinegar and Water

Recipe: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.

Effectiveness: Vinegar is a mild acid that excels at cutting through grime, removing hard water stains, and deodorizing surfaces. It’s versatile and can be used on a variety of surfaces including floors, walls, and equipment.

Safety: While vinegar is generally safe, it can corrode certain materials like marble or natural stone. Always perform a spot test in an inconspicuous area first.

Baking Soda

Recipe: Create a paste by mixing baking soda with a little water, or sprinkle it directly on surfaces needing a scrub.

Effectiveness: Baking soda acts as a natural deodorizer and gentle abrasive, making it great for scrubbing stains, removing odors, and brightening surfaces.

Safety: Baking soda is non-toxic and safe around horses, but because it’s abrasive, use it cautiously on delicate surfaces to avoid scratching.

Lemon Juice

Recipe: Mix lemon juice with water for general cleaning, or use it undiluted for tougher stains.

Effectiveness: Lemon juice offers natural antibacterial and bleaching properties, useful for disinfecting and stain removal. Its fresh scent also provides a natural deodorizing effect.

Safety: Due to its acidic nature, lemon juice can etch some surfaces. It’s important to test it on a small, hidden area before widespread application.

Additional DIY Cleaning Options

Essential Oils

Uses: Add oils like tea tree or lavender to cleaning mixtures for their antibacterial and antifungal properties, plus they leave behind a pleasant scent.

Safety: Ensure you research safe dilution ratios for essential oils. Some oils can be toxic to horses if not used correctly.

Castile Soap

Uses: This mild, vegetable-based soap is gentle yet effective and biodegradable, ideal for cleaning various surfaces without harsh chemicals.

Safety: Castile soap is generally safe and non-irritating for most uses around the barn.

Cost-Saving Tips

Buy in Bulk: Purchasing ingredients like vinegar and baking soda in large quantities can lead to significant savings.

Repurpose Containers: Reuse old spray bottles and other containers to store your homemade cleaning solutions.

Microfiber Cloths: Use microfiber cloths for cleaning; they are more effective than traditional rags at picking up dirt and dust and can be washed and reused.

Safe Storage and Usage

Labeling: Clearly label all DIY cleaning solutions and include the date they were made.

Storage: Keep all cleaning products, homemade or commercial, out of reach of horses and children to prevent accidental ingestion.

These natural cleaning hacks can be a safer and often more economical choice for maintaining a clean and fresh barn environment. Always test new cleaning solutions in small areas first to ensure they do not damage surfaces or pose risks to your horses.

Safety First: Protecting Yourself And Your Horse

When undertaking spring cleaning tasks around the stable and pasture, it’s crucial to prioritize safety to protect both yourself and your horses. Here’s a comprehensive guide to staying safe while getting your facilities in top shape:

Personal Safety: Handling Heavy Equipment and Chemicals

Read Labels Carefully: Always adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions when using cleaning chemicals and disinfectants. Pay close attention to the required dilution ratios, contact times, and necessary personal protective equipment (PPE).

Wear Appropriate PPE: To prevent skin, eye, and respiratory irritation, wear gloves, safety glasses, and a mask. For added protection, consider long sleeves and pants.

Use Proper Lifting Techniques: When moving heavy objects such as feed bags or equipment, bend your knees and lift with your legs, not your back, to avoid injury.

Take Breaks: Regular breaks help prevent fatigue and overexertion. Stay hydrated and listen to your body to avoid straining yourself.

Know Your Limits: If a task requires heavy lifting or specialized skills, don’t hesitate to ask for assistance.

Fire Safety

Remove Cobwebs Regularly: Cobwebs can be a fire hazard, especially near electrical outlets or light fixtures. Clean them up frequently.

Check Smoke Detectors and Fire Extinguishers: Ensure that smoke detectors are operational and that batteries are fresh. Familiarize yourself with the location and operation of fire extinguishers.

Store Flammable Materials Safely: Keep fuels and solvents in approved containers and store them in a well-ventilated area, away from any heat sources.

Practice Fire Drills: Regularly practice a fire evacuation plan that includes safe exits for both humans and horses, ensuring everyone knows what to do in an emergency.

Horse Safety

Minimize Dust and Fumes

  • Turn Horses Out: Before starting any significant cleaning activities, move horses to pasture or another well-ventilated area to reduce their exposure to dust and fumes.
  • Use Low-Dust Bedding: Opt for dust-free bedding options to support horses with respiratory issues.
  • Ventilate the Barn: Improve air circulation by opening doors and windows or using fans during and after cleaning.

Clean and Disinfect Thoroughly

  • Rinse All Surfaces: After cleaning, rinse buckets, feeders, and water troughs thoroughly to eliminate any chemical residues.
  • Allow Proper Drying Time: Ensure that disinfected areas are completely dry before reintroducing horses to prevent them from coming into contact with harmful chemicals.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

  • Work With a Buddy: Having someone nearby is beneficial for safely handling horses and providing assistance in case of accidents.
  • Keep Horses Secured: When working close to horses, use cross-ties or have another person hold them to prevent injuries from kicks or bites.
  • Watch for Tripping Hazards: Maintain clear walkways and aisles, and keep tools and equipment stored safely to avoid trips and falls.

Minimize Stress

Maintain Routines: As much as possible, stick to your horse’s regular daily routine during cleaning to reduce their stress.

Work Calmly and Quietly: Avoid sudden movements and loud noises that could startle horses.

By adhering to these safety guidelines, you can ensure a thorough and safe spring cleaning experience, keeping both you and your horses safe and stress-free.

Bonus tip: Use old towels or rags for cleaning instead of paper towels to reduce waste and save money.

That’s me the pooper picker upper. Gotta love fresh air and horse poop.

Spring Cleaning Checklist: Stay On Track

Spring is a great time to freshen up your horse property and ensure everything is in top condition for the coming year. Use this detailed checklist to help you stay organized and tackle each task efficiently:


  • Fence Inspection:
    • Check for damage like broken boards or loose wires.
    • Repair damages promptly.
    • Ensure electric fences have correct voltage and grounding.
  • Debris Removal:
    • Clear fallen branches, rocks, and trash.
    • Remove any potential hazards such as toxic plants.
  • Water Source Maintenance:
    • Clean and disinfect water troughs regularly.
    • Check for leaks and ensure proper water flow.
  • Manure Management:
    • Establish a regular manure removal schedule.
    • Consider composting manure for use in gardens or fields.


  • Stall Cleaning:
    • Completely strip stalls (remove bedding, equipment).
    • Sweep and scrub floors and walls.
    • Disinfect with a horse-safe product and allow surfaces to dry before re-bedding.
  • Dusting and De-cobwebbing:
    • Remove cobwebs and dust all areas including rafters and light fixtures.
  • Equipment Cleaning and Disinfection:
    • Regularly wash and disinfect water buckets and feed tubs.
    • Clean and disinfect grooming tools.
  • Storage Area Organization:
    • Declutter and remove unnecessary items.
    • Organize remaining items for easy access.
    • Consider improving storage solutions with bins and shelves.

Feed Room:

  • Declutter and Deep Clean:
    • Dispose of expired feed, supplements, and medications correctly.
    • Clean shelves, floors, and all surfaces.
  • Inventory and Restocking:
    • Take stock of current supplies and restock as necessary.
    • Use airtight containers for feed storage.
  • Organization:
    • Use labeled bins for different feeds and supplements.
    • Install shelves for efficient storage.
    • Utilize racks and hooks to keep the floor clear.
    • Consider a feeding schedule board for easy reference.

Tack Room:

  • Declutter and Downsize:
    • Remove unused or damaged tack and equipment.
    • Donate usable items to equestrian organizations.
  • Organize Tack and Equipment:
    • Use saddle racks, bridle hooks, and clear labeling systems.
    • Store leather items in a cool, dry place.
  • Leather Care:
    • Clean with saddle soap and condition regularly.

Horse Supplies and Equipment:

  • Blanket and Sheet Care:
    • Follow manufacturer instructions for washing and drying.
    • Store properly in a clean, dry area.
  • Grooming Gear Cleaning:
    • Clean brushes, combs, and hoof picks regularly.
  • Equipment Inspection and Cleaning:
    • Regularly clean and inspect boots, saddle pads, girths, and other equipment for wear and tear.

Additional Considerations:

  • Safety: Use appropriate cleaning products and wear protective gear.
  • Regular Maintenance: Establish a routine to prevent tasks from becoming overwhelming.
  • Enjoy the Process: Take joy in the results and the clean, fresh environment you create for your horses.

And to make it easier to stay organized and ensure you don’t miss any crucial steps, I have created a handy printable of this checklist that you can download and use as you work through your spring cleaning routine.

Download your FREE Spring Cleaning Checklist for Horse Owners! Simply enter your email below, and we’ll send the checklist straight to your inbox.

Wrapping Up

Spring cleaning is indeed a crucial part of maintaining a healthy, safe, and enjoyable environment for both horses and their caretakers. While the tasks might seem daunting at first, having a structured plan like the checklist provided helps streamline the process and ensures that no important areas are overlooked.

As you move forward with your spring cleaning, remember to adapt the checklist to suit your specific needs and the unique circumstances of your property. Every stable and pasture is different, and what works for one might not be ideal for another.

My son Colton trying to give Muffy hay but she was too preoccupied with her own mouthful of hay.

Here are a few final thoughts to keep in mind:

  • Prioritize Safety: Always keep safety at the forefront, both for you and your horses. This means wearing appropriate gear, handling equipment properly, and being cautious with cleaning products.
  • Keep a Schedule: Try to maintain a regular cleaning schedule throughout the year to prevent tasks from becoming overwhelming. Regular upkeep can make the spring cleaning blitz a lot more manageable.
  • Involve Others: Don’t hesitate to involve other barn members, family, or friends. Not only can this make the work lighter, but it also fosters a community spirit.
  • Take Time to Enjoy: While the focus is often on cleaning and maintenance, don’t forget to enjoy the time with your horse. Spring is a wonderful season to start new training programs, enjoy leisurely rides, or simply spend time grooming and bonding.

And don’t forget to download our handy spring cleaning checklist to stay on track! Simply sign up through the form that says “the horse owner’s spring cleaning checklist”, you will join our email list if you aren’t already on it and we’ll send the checklist straight to your inbox.

By staying organized and proactive, you can ensure that your barn and pastures remain in top condition, allowing you and your horse to enjoy the beautiful spring season to its fullest. Happy cleaning, and here’s to a wonderful season ahead with your equine friend!

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Disclaimer Notice: Please be aware that horseback riding and related equestrian activities carry inherent risks. The advice and experiences shared on this blog are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional training or advice. Ensure your safety and that of your horse by wearing appropriate gear, practicing safe horse handling, and consulting with certified equestrian professionals. Remember, each horse is unique, and techniques may vary accordingly. Always prioritize safety, respect, and patience in your equestrian endeavors.

Kacey Cleary Administrator
Kacey has been an equestrian since 1998. She was a working student at several eventing and dressage barns. She has owned horses, leased horses, and trained horses. Kacey received an A.S. in Equine Industries from UMass Amherst, where she rode on the dressage team. She was certified with the ARIA and is licensed to teach riding in MA. She has been a barn manager and has run her own horse farm.
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