On Saturday, we had a barn cleanup day at the barn. Anyone who could make it was invited, boarders and lesson students alike.
As I was telling some of the younger girls last week, there are some barns where you can just pay your full board and be done with it, but this is not one of those barns. Our board is pretty cheap for the amazing facility we have, and that's in large part to being slightly understaffed. I don't mean the usual stuff doesn't get done or that it looks horrible - the rings get dragged multiple times a day, buckets get scrubbed, nothing is ever broken, etc - but there isn't enough manpower to tackle big spring cleaning projects without hiring someone.
So, we clean!
|Post-cleaning. EquiNovice and I tag teamed one of the lofts - rearranging, storing winter blankets in bags, cleaning the fridge, and vacuumming with a Shop Vac.|
We picked up manure in paddocks, scrubbed buckets and changed out winter buckets for summer buckets, checked stalls and pastures for safety hazards and fixed them, and did a massive once-over on the main tack room. Every single item got taken out, the tack room itself got Shop Vac'd, and then everything that went back in was both cleaned and checked for expiration date.
|This picture is a year old,but the shelves on the right are loaded with pads, medical supplies, etc.|
Connor, being turned out in the front paddock with a dutch door into the main aisle, thought all this made for the BEST DAY EVER:
|Overseeing a boarder's husband fixing his stall's broken door latch.|
He hung out in the window most of the day, watching the action. Someone pointed out that he was mostly in the window when I was in the wash rack scrubbing buckets, they thought he was there because he heard my voice. He did seems to wander off and take a nap after bucket scrubbing, but I know this horse just likes to be where the people and action are in general.
|I also called him to the window a few times, since he comes when called if he's turned out alone, and gave him a treat.|
Despite being exhausted afterward, I threw on jump tack and we went for a hack, then practiced turning left and keeping my left leg at the girth, then came back to the outdoor and popped a crossrail a couple of times. Good day!