Forks, Shovels & Brooms
Used multiple times a day, every day of the year, forks and shovels need to be strong and durable to handle all types of loads. Shovels and forks are used to clean stalls and trailers/horse boxes. Forks are also used to pitch hay. Both pieces of stable equipment are made from either metal or a type of strong plastic, such as PVC.
The type, style, and colour of shovels or forks that you use around the stable are really personal preference. Some riders find it easier to handle one style of shovel or fork than another. Whatever model(s) you select to use, keep those used to feed hay separate from the ones used to clean stalls or to do other dirtier work. This way you will keep your horse’s hay free from dirt, mud, and manure.
Even if you only have one horse to take care of, it is recommended that you have two shovels and two forks available in the stable at all times, as well as two of each if you travel to horse shows or events available to use a back-ups if needed.