Would you clean a stable with a horse still in it?

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    08-16-2008, 11:18 PM
Would you clean a stable with a horse still in it?

Hi guys,

I just need your opinions on a particular situation.

You have a number of horses that are stabled 24/7 except when they are being exercised.

Now, you have the facilities to take each horse out of the stable whilst cleaning goes on.

These horses are ALL young, with 4yo being the oldest, 12 months the youngest. All in various states of training and people knowledge. All tend to get nervy in the stable, especially with a person in their with a bucket that smells nothing like horse food and a shavings rake.

Would you:

A) take the horse out of the stable whilst cleaning happens,
B) leave horse in the stable but have someone hold the horse whilst you clean, or
C) ignore the horse and clean the stable as quickly as possible?

By the way, we are talking around 50 stables in use.

Look forward to hearing your opinions guys
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    08-16-2008, 11:39 PM
Cleaning stalls in like my job, so here's what I'd do in your situtation. ;)

Firstly, I will not go in the stall with the horse if I am not comfortable with it. If you're nervous, the already nervous horse will pick up on it. The horses I stay away from are the pacing, screaming, jumpy ones. If they're worried about something, they're not going to feel a thing when they run you over. So, if that's the case, I'd get the horse out, then clean.

It's much easier to a clean stall without a horse in it, but with horses that are staying in 24/7, waiting until they're turned out is impossible. With babies and youngsters, I find that they're always full of curiosity. They follow me around in the stall, usually very closely, and sometimes try to grab the scooper and/or wheelbarrow/bucket. I somewhat allow them to be near me, but if they're in the way, I'll push them away. Same for if they start grabbing the scooper. Basically you kinda have to teach them to respect your space and your tools, even though you're in the stall with them because it's really hard to clean when they're standing right on their poop. XD

So basically, for every horse it's different. I'd go into the stalls with the calmer horses and take out the hotheaded ones. You'll begin to get to know the horses and if you take the time after cleaning their stall to pat their shoulder or find their itchy spot, they'll all adjust to you and eventually you'll probably be able to clean all the stalls with ease, with a horse in it or not.
    08-16-2008, 11:58 PM
I like to clean the stalls while my horses are out for the safety part.
    08-17-2008, 12:22 AM
Yeah, just to be safe I always have the stall bare (meaning no horse in there as I clean). Makes things easier too, hehe!
    08-17-2008, 01:09 AM
Thats sad that those horses are in a stall 24/7!
    08-17-2008, 01:16 AM
Easier to do the stall empty. However, when I had to do 40, I never bothered...takes long enough as it is. How big are your stalls? The nervous ones usually stayed out of my way, made it easier than the nosy or aggressive ones.
    08-17-2008, 01:47 AM
We take them out of the stalls to clean them. Some can be in the actual stable, but not stall. The Horses are usually out anyways though.
    08-17-2008, 04:11 AM
About 90% of these horses are nervous and behave aggressively in this situation. Im a fan of taking the horses out to clean the stall, but apparently it isn't the done thing. Consequently I was faced with one very annoyed mare who didn't appreciate me being in there. A couple of babies were fascinated by me, one baby took my hat off. I took it back, then he stole it again. I left him to play with my hat whilst I cleaned out his stall because it was much easier.

These horses are thoroughbreds, who basically stay in the stall until it is time to do work, and then they are taken out and put back etc.

I didn't take the job, simply because during the few hours that I was there, I saw a few horses get injured, 2 stable hands, and almost got kicked myself. Im used to nervy horses, and if in closed quarters I always keep a watchful eye on them, but this situation just seems wrong to me.

Thanks for your opinion though guys
    08-17-2008, 11:25 PM
I, personally, would keep them in their stalls and clean around them. I clean stalls regularly and do this :)
Pas De Cheval
    08-31-2008, 12:37 PM
Originally Posted by PasDeCheval
I, personally, would keep them in their stalls and clean around them. I clean stalls regularly and do this :)
Pas De Cheval
maybe its because i've always had the option to remove the horse from his/her stable before doing it. In time, when I grew to trust them, i'd probably clean with them in there, but it'd take me a long time I think to get to that stage.

Thanks for your opinions guys!

Much appreciated

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