DIY: How To Muck Your Horse’s Stall

how to muck your horses's stall - crafted in Carhartt
how to muck your horses's stall - crafted in Carhartt
how to muck your horses's stall - crafted in Carhartt
how to muck your horses's stall - crafted in Carhartt
how to muck your horses's stall - crafted in Carhartt

Mucking is an important part of caring for your horse. A clean and healthy environment is crucial in their well-being. You will need a pitchfork, a broom, a shovel, and a wheelbarrow. Clean each stall once a day, twice if you can. The more often you do, the easier your job will be.
Ellen is wearing the perfect mucking outfit in the photos above. The Carhartt Women’s Sandstone Active Jac is ideal for chilly chores in the barn. It’s extremely durable and flannel lined. The Norfolk Henley is a comfortable cotton shirt and the Original-Fit Canvas Crawford Dungaree has a contoured waistline to prevent gapping as you move about and is slightly fitted through the hip and thigh.Now to the gritty details. Follow these steps:

  • Use a pitchfork to sift through the bedding to weed out the manure.
    When cleaning a stall bedded with straw, use a mental pitchfork.
    When dealing with shavings, use a plastic pitchfork. 
  • Move everything that’s clean into the back and corners of the area,
    and toss everything that’s dirty towards the door.
    The more clean bedding you’re able to reuse, the more money you save.
  • Rake out the dirty section and place into the manure spreader.
    Use a shovel to pick up any bits that may have fallen through. 
  • Sweep the center of the stall clean. Let the stall air out and dry.
    Use absorbent deodorizer on any wet spots.
  • Make sure the ground is entirely dry.
    Let your horse wander about all day as it airs out.
    Horses need all the time they can get outdoors.
  • Spread out the remaining clean bedding and add fresh straw if needed.
    Now you’re welcome to let your friend back in.