There are numerous reasons why a dry barn is best for your animals:
- Keeps flies and other pests to a minimum
- Lower moisture reduced the chance of hay, feed, or supplements molding, which can be dangerous to your animals' health
- Too much moisture can have an adverse impact on your leather saddles and tack (download our leather care guide to learn more about this)
- Odor is minimized when bedding is kept nice and dry
Here are a few tips for keeping your barn dry and fresh this Summer as temperatures and humidty rise:
- Roofing. Make sure to patch any holes or gaps in your roof to keep water from dripping into your stalls, feed or tack rooms, or other areas of the barn where it might collect and go un-noticed.
- Gutters and landscaping. Make sure to keep your gutters clean and check to see that your barn's gutters and exterior landscaping are designed to move water away from the barn, so that it doesn't collect on the inside of your stalls where it can combine with bedding and manure to create odor and health problems.
- Fans. If you live in a hot (and especially if it's humid) climate, consider running large fans to keep the air circulating and the moisture levels under control. Ceiling fans are great if your barn can accommodate them and they are an affordable option, but any large fan you can bring into the barn will help.
- Air it out! Whenever feasible, clear everyone out of the barn, give it a complete mucking, and leave everyone outside for as long as is practical to give your barn a chance to air out.
- Use an odor control product like Sweet PDZ (available wherever Manna Pro products are sold) in conjunction with your bedding. Not only does Sweet PDZ absorb moisture, it captures, neutralizes, and eliminates harmful levels of ammonia and odors. The accumulation of ammonia in horse stalls and barns can stress a horse's upper respiratory system, placing him at risk of pneumonia, heaves, and other serious illnesses. Keeping your stalls and barn dry and free from ammonia fumes is critical. Other solutions, including lime, don't offer the all-natural, non-toxic, non-hazardous solution to odor and ammonia that Sweet PDZ does.
It's going to be a great warm-weather riding season with your horse. Make sure you've created the ideal conditions for her to stay dry and healthy with our tips.
Do you have your own tips for keeping your barn nice and dry? Share them by posting them here on our blog...we'd love to hear from you!
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