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post #1 of 27 Old 09-20-2017, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning feed bowls

Hello,

Trying to get a feel for if I'm being too anal about cleanliness at the rescue.

When I see feed encrusted bowls I like to clean them before I use them to feed. When I see bins that have a layer of wet rotting hay at the bottom I like to clean them before putting new hay in them. When I see hay feeders that have old wet hay at the bottom I like to clean them before I put new hay in them.

I've certainly noticed the horses are far more likely to finish their food if their feeders have been cleaned first.

I was told today I'm wasting water doing all this cleaning.

Ok, I'll accept for the moment that perhaps i'm wasting a dollar's worth of water and that that is a significant expenditure.

I'm curious how often you all would do such cleaning. Am I being totally anal over something the horses couldn't care less about?

I view these horses as my children. I wouldn't feed my children off of dirty dishes. But maybe horses don't care. I don't know.

Thoughts?
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post #2 of 27 Old 09-20-2017, 07:12 PM
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I clean everything once a week, including their water buckets and trough. I got rid of my corner feeders, which were screwed in, because I couldn't rinse them out properly! I just feed wet hay cubes in a loose rubber pan on the floor, remove it when they're done. If I notice they're a little dirty, I might clean them more than once a week, but I find that it usually suffices.

I use haynets so I don't have to clean out hay bins, but if the hay's been in a net for a while, I'll throw it out. Of course I also throw out any hay that's been on the floor because my gelding is sensitive so if it's been contaminated by dust, I won't feed it. But I see lots of people scooping hay off the floor and feeding it.

I don't think you need to clean the pans at every feeding. Once a week is enough for me.
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post #3 of 27 Old 09-20-2017, 07:17 PM
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I think doing a rinse every day is different than a thorough cleaning. Scrubbing once a week is plenty, but I see no problem with rinsing leftover food out of buckets each day before putting them away.

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post #4 of 27 Old 09-20-2017, 07:22 PM
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I have to clean the water bucket every couple days, only because he likes to put his hay in the water and it starts to smell so I know he won't drink it if it's gross and smelly! Feed depends, a rinse when needed really, only because he licks it clean so it's never been an issue!
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post #5 of 27 Old 09-20-2017, 07:26 PM
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I agree with the above. I would definitely take out wet rotting hay (it sounded like it was in a bucket?? I can't quite tell) just dump the bucket, and yeah, maybe rinse once a week.

I don't clean my gelding's rubber pan that I put his soaked hay pellets and supplements in, haven't had to. He's a very neat guy, and if there is ever anything crusted to it my mini will gladly lick it clean for him... soooo no advise there haha

BUT that's just me. I totally get it though.
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post #6 of 27 Old 09-20-2017, 07:58 PM
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I clean the water trough, it's a 50 gallon one, everytime I let it get low. Feed buckets get rinsed mostly everytime I use them and the hose is out. A thorough washing with dishsoap, hmmmm, couple times a year?

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post #7 of 27 Old 09-20-2017, 08:19 PM
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I feed pelleted supplements dry, and the buckets hang where they don't get rained on, so they stay quite clean. I tried feeding wet and it made such a mess, bleah. They still eat it just the same dry.

I have a 150 gallon tub with a float (and goldfish) that I empty and scrub out once a year. The only thing I clean regularly is the outdoor hay bins, were are repurposed plastic grape harvest boxes, 4'x 4' square. Those have drain holes but in the rainy season they still plug up with hay dust so I empty them and wipe them out with a wisp of hay every few days in that season.

I guess I do not use water for any of this . . .
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I wash feed pans after every feeding - twice daily. They get cloroxed if I can't remember the last time I did that.

My horses have 18 gallon muck tubs in their stalls for water. I use a small fish net to fish hay and shavings out for a couple days, then dump them and wash them with a brush. Same Clorox principle as the feed pans.

I remove uneaten hay every morning when I clean stalls.

Bottom line with me, to your dilemma is this: If someone told me I was wasting water cleaning feed pans and water buckets, hopefully I wouldn't be in such a *issy mood that I aimed the water hose at them. I would however, tell them to find someone who doesn't give a flip about cleanliness and I would walk right then and there.
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I guess I should make things clearer by saying "cleaning" is either a quick spray w/the hose until the old hay is removed, or a squirt with the hose, a scrub with the brush, and a rinse w/the hose. No soap, no bleach, etc.

Talking about water being the only consumable. Well that and elbow grease. As far as I know elbow grease comes free w/being a horseperson.
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I guess I should make things clearer by saying "cleaning" is either a quick spray w/the hose until the old hay is removed, or a squirt with the hose, a scrub with the brush, and a rinse w/the hose. No soap, no bleach, etc.

Talking about water being the only consumable. Well that and elbow grease. As far as I know elbow grease comes free w/being a horseperson.
I got that

Are you on water rations in the San Diego area? Even so things should be kept clean to prevent sour in the feed pans and mold in the hay ---- unclean is a good way to colic already compromised horses.

Are they a 501(c)3 rescue?

Regardless, you are a volunteer ---- there are other places to volunteer, if their lack of cleanliness gets to be too much for you :)
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