After a good workout, horses can be covered in sweat and dust. If the sweat and dust isn't cleaned off, the horse will take matters into its own
hands hooves and roll around on the ground as soon as possible. And some horses seem to think they are more like pigs the way they roll around in the dirt and mud. Mud on a horse can lead to mud fever and sores, which can make it dangerous for the horse to be ridden.
Washing mud, sweat, and dust off of a horse can be extremely difficult, which is why a horse wash stall is a good idea for every horse barn, whether horses are ridden or not. But if horse wash stalls aren't designed properly, the problems can be worse. Here are a few ideas for a well-designed horse wash stall.
The Placement of the Wash Stall
The location of the wash stall is the first decision that will need to be made. Keep in mind that when horses are brought into the barn, whether covered in sweat or covered with mud, the riders will want to take them directly over to the wash stall. Therefore, you'll want to avoid putting it in or near the busiest section of the barn, if possible. Ideally, the wash stall should be located near the tack room, but beside the tack room is a prime location.
Then, your riders will be able to tie their horses in the cross ties of the wash stall and then remove the tack and put it immediately into the tack room. With their hands free of tack, the riders can then quickly grab their wash supplies from their lockers and head back out to the horse in the wash stall just a few steps away.
Another benefit of having the wash stall directly beside the tack room is that the water heater and plumbing can be housed in there. Since tack rooms are small areas, they tend to stay warmer in unheated barns, which will help keep the pipes from being exposed to the open, cooler air of the barn.
The Amenities in the Wash Stall
In addition to cross ties in the wash stall, you'll need to install a few other amenities that will make both horses and their owners more comfortable while the horses are being soaped up and hosed off. First, it's important to slope the floor towards a drain. Since some horses spook fairly easily, you don't want to install the drain in the center of the wash stall. Instead, the drain should be installed along the outer wall. The wash floor should be recessed from the aisle or entrance so water cannot spill out from the wash stall.
Obviously, the showerheads will need to have long arms and be maneuverable so that people of all heights can wash and rinse horses of all sizes. To wash the delicate areas of the horse, a showerhead that is connected to a hose is ideal. The plumbing should have regulators installed in it so that the temperature and the water pressure will remain constant throughout the shower, which is important so horses don't get spooked by sudden extreme changes in the water.
Above the shower stall, an HVAC contractor can install heat lamps and exhaust fans. The heat lamps will help keep horses from getting chilled when they are wet and decrease drying time after the shower is done. The exhaust fans can draw steam away from the horses and control the humidity in the barn at the same time. The exhaust fans should be directed outside, while keeping the cold winter months in mind, so the vents will not cause ice to form and build up.
For help with installing the plumbing to your barn's new wash stall, contact a company like High Speed Plumbing Inc.
Keeping your home's plumbing system in good working order is a family job. Have you taught your kids what should never be flushed down the toilets or poured down the drains? Do your kids know what to watch for to know that there is a plumbing problem that needs to be addressed? If your kids know what to look for, they will be less likely to contribute to making a minor plumbing problem more serious. This blog will show you things that you should teach your kids so that everyone can work together to protect the entire plumbing system in your home.