We all know that horses are injury and accident prone – if there’s an unsafe area around, they’re sure to find it. Want to make sure that your barn is as safe as possible? Here are some easy ways to make your barn safer.
Invest in Quality Stall Door Latches
When you turn off the barn lights at night, are you 100% certain that your stall door latches will keep your horses safely contained? A faulty or weak latch can mean an escaped horse. Rather than deal with the aftermath of an escapee, invest in quality stall door latches. Look for latches that close securely, that don’t have any sharp edges, and that cannot be opened by curious equine noses.
Create a Barrier Across Open Barn Doors
Ventilation is super important for your horses, and who doesn’t want to leave their barn doors open during the summer to help keep the temperature down? Consider installing a barrier, like a single panel board or a rope which extends across the open doorway. This barrier can help to slow escaped horses, keeping them contained within the barn and out of busy roadways.
Reinforce Your Feed Room Door Latch
When was the last time you took a look at the latch on your feed room door? Your feed room is the first stop that most escaped horses will make, so you will definitely want to make sure that it’s secure. Spend some time reinforcing or replacing the latch to keep the feed room closed off.
Replace Aisle Footing
If your barn aisle’s footing is worn, uneven, or slick, then it’s time to replace it. Installing rubber aisle pavers can be an easy way to revitalize your barn’s footing, while creating a safe, textured, and forgiving surface for horses and humans, alike.
Install and Check Fire Extinguishers
Fire extinguishers are so important in horse barns. If your barn doesn’t yet have fire extinguishers, then purchase some and place them in easily accessible areas throughout your entire barn. If there are already fire extinguishers in your barn, then check to make sure that they haven’t expired and will be ready to use if you need them.
Check for Protruding Nails and Screws
Over time, the wood in your barn can swell and recede, causing nails and screws to work loose. It’s a good idea to walk through your barn and stalls and perform an occasional check for any protruding edges that your horse might scrape himself on. Nails and screws are easy to put back into place, avoiding a possible injury.
What other easy ways have you found to make your barn safer for your horses?