Originally Posted by maura
I was trying to be generous on the time. Also, looks like your guys are only in 8 and half hours. Still, I'm impressed that you can do it the fast - I usually figured 5 stalls in an hour, including dumping buckets and/or cleaning waterers. I does go a lot quicker when they're only in at night, but still....
Are you on mats with light bedding? Is that how you do it so fast?
Mats yes. Is a bag for a 10 x 12 stall considered light? I don't think so. Wet areas are cleaned, limed and left to dry. Shavings are done prior to p.m. Chores. Very few buckets. If a horse drinks - they get a bucket. Since we have auto waters outside, very few drink inside.
I don't consider it fast. I consider it very efficient.
The horses come in to food in the stalls, doors are shut, alley swept and lights out. They eat and go to sleep. No pacing, no arguing. In the morning I feed the cats and the dog as the horses are getting up and stretching and then dump the grain. As soon as the grain is done, the horses are turned out by herd (we have three primary herds). All of our turnouts open into a paddock connected to indoor arena which is connected to the barn. I don't have to lead anyone. If they dilly dally in the indoor arena, I threaten to get a 'stick' (buggy whip). They understand my tone of voice and the majority of the time quit dinging around and get outside.
I've been cleaning in the morning by myself for almost 10 years. Definitely have a system since I have to leave for work (showered!) by 7 a.m.