Reuse some yard tools at the barn
- Yard work is about as appealing as a root canal to me, but I still like to have some yard tools handy to make barn chores easy and fast. And, most of these tools are super easy to find at your local hardware store!
Giant rolling magnet.
- Horse hooves + metal parts = disaster. So, a giant rolling magnet can really come in handy. Even if you are not doing any new construction, you will always be doing repairs.
- And, the earth is constantly turning over, so your horse paddocks and turnouts are constantly spitting up weird metal and dangerous things. I know it seems weird – but the photo below shows a few things that I found in a paddock after a rainstorm.
- You will also be surprised at the volume of metal things that drop around your Farrier’s truck after a visit.
I found all of these items in a paddock one day. Giant vet bills, waiting to happen.
- For cleaning crossties, barn aisles, cobwebs from above, the hay area, you name it. Push brooms are great for big messes.
- You can also separate the bristle end from the handle of a push broom and attach the bristles to your stall thresholds to keep the bedding inside the stall, and not have it dragged down the barn aisle.
My favorite small broom – curved bristles make sweeping so easy.
- Regular brooms are great for small jobs!
- Store your brooms with the bristle side up to preserve them, or hang them.
Easy storage with clips, this keeps brooms nice and stiff.
- I prefer the light (and smaller) metal leaf rakes. I use them to smooth out bedding, spread bedding in outside areas, and also to rake up leaves in the fall.
- If you show, it’s also customary to rake the area in front of your stalls into a pattern. If you are a true rebel, just rake random lines in the earth and forget about patterns.
- The larger plastic versions are a bit clumsy for me to use, take up more room, and sometimes they collect so many leaves you have to stop and spend a year yanking them out.
These handy spring handle holders keep everything organized and your broom bristles off the ground.
Giant snow shovel.
- These are handy for muck tubs throughout the barn and cross ties. You can get metal ones, or heavy-duty plastic ones, your preference.
- I think the heavy-duty plastic ones make less noise as you scrape them along the ground while cleaning.
- Snow shovels are good for picking up piles of “stuff” that you have swept up, and also good for sweeping up manure in the cross ties and barn aisle.
- A show shovel also makes an excellent way to get every last bit of urine-soaked bedding out. Scrape the stall mats with the shovel upside down and you will collect all of the last bits of urine-soaking mess.
Snow shovels are good for snow, scooping shavings from a bulk bin, and scooping poops from the barn aisle or horse wash rack.
- While this is a gardening tool, it has a horsey name, which makes me like it even more. These are super for removing weeds quickly and swiftly. Because they have a long handle, you can deal with weeds around the barn and paddocks without bending over.
A stirrup hoe and a broom.
You can pick up some of those clips here, as well as that fancy curved broom and the magnetic sweeper. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases , and there is no extra cost to you! I truly appreciate your support.
This is the BEST broom! The curved bristles get everything.