By Allison Armstrong Rehnborg
Whether you only show once a month or haul to shows every weekend, keeping your truck, trailer and show stalls clean can be a challenge. In the world of horses, cleanliness on the road is the first line of defense against many common contagious equine diseases that could easily stop your show season in its tracks. That’s why we’ve made a list of our top five cleaning tips (including some of our favorite DiO cleaning products) so that next time you hit the road, you can go show without worrying about your horse’s health and wellness.
1. Tidy Your Truck.
2. Deep-Clean Your Trailer.
3. Don’t Forget about the Nooks and Crannies.
If you haul wheelbarrows, buckets, feeders, manure forks and other equipment everywhere you go, it’s a good idea to scrub those items down periodically and check for wear and tear. Most horse owners know not to share equipment with others, but if you do, make it a special priority to disinfect those items once they’re returned to you.
4. Prioritize Cleaning at the Show.
Depending on their location and popularity, horse show venues may be booking shows back-to-back-to-back, which means those stalls you’re moving into this weekend may have just been vacated by a strange horse Thursday night. Before you unload your horses, unpack your hose and your bottle of DiO Triple Action SuperClean Stall Cleaner and start spraying down all the surfaces that your horse might come into contact with. SuperClean’s non-toxic bio-enzyme formula breaks down organic material, so that handy sprayer can take care of even the most stubborn bits of dried debris!
5. Kill the Flies!
Flies are the bane of every horse owner’s existence, so naturally, there’s a DiO product for that! Citraquin Environmental Defense Spray is a brand-new product by DiO that can safely and effectively protect your horse from flies. Because it’s an essential oil-based, pyrethrin-free natural formula, it contains no harmful chemicals and it’s gentle on your horse’s skin. It’s even safe enough to use on pre-existing or open wounds, and can help repel house flies, stable flies, horse flies and black flies as well as ticks, mosquitoes and gnats. Keep a bottle in your barn, one in your trailer and another in your truck so you’ll have Citraquin protection available everywhere you go.