Whilst there are many aspects of stable maintenance, the first places to start are health, safety and comfort.
Due to the nature of a horse’s environment, floors can become cold and slippery. Rubber matting counteracts this risk by being soft, supple and insulating, speeding up the cleaning process and reducing the risk of slipping. Many other human accidents occur as a result of falls, especially through unsuitable equipment. By using a step stool for tending to your horse’s needs, as well as for reaching shelves and high storage spaces, cleaning and grooming will become a smooth and stress-free process.
Your horse’s fitness, meanwhile, relies heavily on fresh food, which is where high quality haynets and bags come in very useful. These keep the hay off the ground during feeding and are perfect for storage, so you can rest assured that the fodder will remain clean. Choosing the right troughs is important too, as they need to be accessible for the horse and suited to your own requirements. A well-designed trough encourages your horse to drink and prevents dehydration that can lead to illness.
Safety is also about reliable storage of equipment. Saddle racks can be freestanding, wall-mountable or collapsible, keeping the saddle safe and secure, and a tack trolley will prevent strain and injury during transportation. Finally, the horse’s wellbeing is crucial and should be upheld and monitored using professional grooming equipment. This means that your horse looks and feels its best, which in turn encourages good behaviour and greater trust between animal and owner.