As the weather gets colder, the winter brings challenges for every horse owner. The shorter days, cooler temperatures, and precipitation may potentially cause problems for some owners. Preparation is always key. Take some now to prepare your barn for winter. Here are a few things to keep in mind while prepping:
- Clean the barn – Clean your tack rooms, aisles, indoor arenas, hay barn/lofts, etc. Get rid of your old hay, bedding, cobwebs, and dust to help keep the air clean for horses and workers. Store your fans, fly sprays, fly sheet, and other warm weather items.
- Check the electrical – Inspect all electrical items in your barn such as electrical cords, fuse boxes, and wiring. Blown fuses and weak circuits could mean overloading, which can lead to serious hazards. Have an electrician check if you see any potential problems.
- Remove liquids – Store temperature sensitive liquids and medications to prevent damage.
- Seal drafts in walls and doors – Your horse can generate more body heat when they are not exposed to wind and drafts.
- Clean and replace lights – Replace any burned out lights to enhance indoor lighting.
- Insulate piping – Insulate any exposed piping with foam type pipe insulation to prevent freezing.
- Inspect fire extinguishers – Inspect all fire extinguishers in the barn and make sure they are easy to get to. Consider installing smoke detectors.
By following these few tips, your barn will be ready to take on the winter months. Stay warm!
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