Trivia Challenge: Do You Know How to Muck a Stall—the Right Way?

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1. True or false: Fun fact–mares tend to pee in the middle of a stall, while geldings and stallions often go alongside a wall.

T / F

2. Which group of implements will make stall-mucking as efficient as possible?

A) Pitchfork, shavings fork, broad shovel.

B) Shavings fork, rake, broad shovel.

C) Pitchfork, hoe, broad shovel.

3. True or false: You should position the mucking wheelbarrow or cart so that it’s just inside the stall door.

T / F

4. What should you wear when you muck stalls?

A) Your riding gear—it’s a timesaver.

B) A raincoat to keep the muck off you.

C) “Barn clothes,” rubber boots, gloves.

HOW’D YOU DO? (Answers below.)

1. F is correct. The behavior is highly individual, of course, but it’s more often the boys that tend to pee in the middle of a stall, whereas the girls often go alongside the wall. Wherever it’s deposited, use a broad shovel to dig out all wet bedding and to scrape the bottom of urine spots as clean as possible.

2. A is correct. Using a five-pronged pitchfork, lift all manure piles into the barrow or cart. Sift for smaller stuff using the multi-pronged shavings fork. Finally, use the broad shovel to dig out all wet bedding and to scrape the bottom of urine spots.

3. F is correct. You should instead keep the barrow/cart just outside the stall door and angle it so it’s pointing in the direction you’ll want to head after filling it.

4. C is correct. The proper mucking attire, of course, consists of grubby barn clothes, rubber boots (no cracks), and warm gloves; a scruffy beanie is optional.

[LEARN MORE! Correct frequency of stall mucking and types of bedding to use.]

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