Traveling with your horse can be a lot of fun, but eventually you have to come home and deal with the aftermath. Cleaning your horse trailer is among the least glamorous of all horse-related chores, but it’s important maintenance for your trailer. There are lots of reasons to keep your horse trailer sparkling clean, but here are five that will make a huge difference to the quality of your travels:
Prolonging the life of your floors. Many people who are looking at horse trailers for sale do so because their floors are failing and they’re looking to move into a style they believe is hardier. The good news is that you don’t need to give up on your favorite floor type just because you’ve had damage in the past — frequent cleaning helps prevent long-term damage by quickly eliminating moisture and corrosive materials that remain in direct contact with your floor after a horse trip.
Eliminating sources of mold. Horses have delicate respiratory systems, so leaving bits of hay, bedding and grain in the trailer after a trip can have disastrous effects on their health. Instead of leaving this stuff in the trailer after a trip, clean all your feed bins, hay feeders and bedding out right away. Removing these potential food supplies will keep mold spores to a minimum.
Getting rid of potential sources of disease transmission. Even if your horse is perfectly healthy and has always been, there’s a chance he could have tracked in worm eggs or waste from another horse that was getting sick. Parasite eggs are another popular tag along after a horse show or trail ride. All these pathogens can be removed easily by a thorough cleaning of your horse trailer after each trip. Make sure you remove any impacted hay from the cracks between the floor and the wall, too, to prevent future health problems.
Catching problems with floors and mats. When you break your horse trailer down after each and every trip, you’ve got plenty of time to check it from top to bottom. By removing the mats and cleaning both sides, you’ll notice wear long before you might with a purely visual inspection. The same goes for your trailer’s floor. Remember, it’s the only thing keeping your horse off the pavement, so a complete check each and every time you take out the stall mats will alert you to early signs of rot or insect damage.
Speeding up preparation for the next trip. It really doesn’t matter how carefully you plan, something always gets in the way of your goal to leave a little early to beat the traffic on a day you’ve planned a horse trip. If you cleaned your trailer after your last trip, you’ll only need to take a quick glance around to ensure you’ve not added a colony of wasps or gained a resident spider before loading your horse. The less you need to do right before a trip, the better you can focus on getting to your destination on time and with everybody’s sanity intact.
It may seem like a lot of work after a long drive home, but cleaning your horse trailer as soon as you get home can make a huge difference to its longevity and even improve your horse’s health if he’s a frequent traveler.
by Jamie McDevit
The idea of watching horses grazing peacefully outside the back door is a dream-come-true for many horse farm buyers. So, if you are planning on selling a horse farm or other equestrian real estate, there are some details that potential buyers will consider in addition to the pastoral image of rolling hills and endless fences. When you are preparing to market your home, you should always make an effort to get it ready with a thorough cleaning and a few repair items. A horse farm is no different; and potential purchasers of horse farms are usually just as concerned about their horses as they are about themselves. If you are selling a horse farm, here are some important details that you should consider addressing and a few tips to make your farm or horse property attractive to buyers:
The Barn: While barns are difficult to keep clean, make sure that you are doing your best! Get rid of cobwebs, keep barn aisles swept, and make sure stalls are “mucked” with fresh shavings before all showings. Consider purchasing rubber mats for each stall. While relatively inexpensive for the seller, most buyers ask if stalls have rubber mats and consider them a necessity.
Fencing: Prior to putting your farm on the market, evaluate the current fencing to make sure all fence boards are intact; and replace any old boards if necessary. If you plan to install fencing before putting your property on the market, wood fencing is the most appealing to potential buyers. Wood is traditionally beautiful and generally safe. Whatever kind of fencing that you use, remember that the primary job of a fence is to safely contain horses. The last thing you want a buyer to be concerned about is a horse escaping or getting hurt. That said, the aesthetics of your fencing will add appeal and beauty to your horse property.
Pastures and Turn Outs: On every horse farm, there should be ample room to turn out horses. Just as stalls should be kept clean, so should the turn outs. Mucking as well as mowing and trimming, especially in the spring and summer, is often necessary to keep the pastures maintained and groomed.
Arenas: Your equestrian estate or farm should have an existing arena or room to accommodate one. Don’t underestimate the cost of building an area or improving an existing one. Footing is a considerable investment that will affect the soundness of horses and the amount of maintenance the area will require. Keeping the arena dragged and manicured is also important. While horse enthusiasts love a trail ride, many of the equestrian buyers coming to our area are serious competitors and use an arena almost daily.
Follow the above tips and your horse property will be ready to show!!
*Jamie McDevitt is the owner of McDevitt Sotheby’s International Realty. She is an expert in Horse Farms in the Southern Pines, and Pinehurst , NC area.