Noble Outfitters: the master of a rider’s heart. Their reputation for understanding the intimate mind of a horseman or horsewoman constantly proceeds itself. As I have come to know Noble in our ventures together, the innovative and affordable eye of the company has become all too familiar. At times, I feel as though they have though of what I need before I even want. And every time, I know I have hit the jackpot with their products.
The heart of a true horseman is one that would do anything for their four legged companion. Often enough, that means getting down in the mud and manure for the health their horse. Barn chores are common and tedious but, they are essential. Among long list of duties, often the things that need to be cleaned the most are the ones frequently overlooked. Luckily, Noble Outfitters has created a revolutionary new product called “Biosecurity Wash“, a sanitizing agent that assists in breaking down grime and destroying bacteria.
Since I bought Autumn, I have realized more than ever before how particular I am about everything barn related. Though, perfection is something unattainable and clearly impossible to manage, when you have a yearling out in pasture, you try everything to keep him or her safe. What I can do the most for my horse is making sure everything is as clean as possible. At the boarding facility I keep Autumn, there is a team of men that goes around every so often to clean the pastures. Sadly, that usually just means a poop scoop and replacing a broken panel or two. The food bins, gate panels, and water troughs are almost always overlooked. So, with my new wash in hand, I got to cleaning. Below you will find before, afters, and mini how-to’s about this incredible product on different surfaces.
My first project was tackling the feeding tubs in the rain. Quite often used as a plate rather than a container, these barrels are rarely cleaned out by the barn employees. Luckily, Noble’s miracle product is just the tool I needed to get the job done! This wash is completely free of chlorine and bleach. Instead, this sanitizer is biodegradable and non-toxic, making it perfect for an area that is constantly being cribbed and eaten on. I followed the dilution process and used a spray bottle with a rag to get into all the crevices. To be honest, I was kicking myself on the way to the barn for forgetting a brillo pad. Turns out, I didn’t even need one. The proof of this wash’s strength was made obvious on the tops of the barrels where grime was very much imbedded. The cleaning process was made easy by the simple addition of the bio spray that forced the dirt and mold up. Talk about time saving!
I recommend cleaning out feeding bins every three weeks and any time a horse falls ill. Community eating troughs should be cleaned every other week and deeply cleaned once a month. Don’t worry about the immune system, I promise your horse will sniff enough mature and groom enough itchy ponies to get all the pathogens they need to build immunity.
Note: Cleaning pertains to the actual act of sanitizing, not daily wipe down upkeep. Community troughs should be wiped out daily. Individual troughs, every other day at least. Buckets and bins that see “wet” feed should be flushed out well every day.
My second tasking chore was actually an unexpected one, the water dish. While fixing a broken fence board, I noticed something floating in the water, a piece of moss. Naturally, I went to dump it out but, I found way more than I bargained for; mold, algae, mud, manure, and only God knows what else. After emptying out the murky “water” and the lighter water invaders, I was left with a putrid smelling slime at the bottom. After nearly passing out from the stench, I became a woman on a mission. I shut off the water valve, filled a bucket with fresh water, and began removing the contaminants. The bucket was seemingly never ending between wipes of the bucket and rings of the towel. Once the sludge was out, I doused the entire water trough in the bio spray, making sure to get every single nook and cranny-even behind the metal panel (I’m pretty sure that had never been cleaned before). Immediately, a beautiful shine and glorious clean smell erupted from the bucket. Then I turned the water valve back on and mixed the solution with the fresh water then dumped that into the newly emptied rinsing bucket. Once done twice, I refilled the beautiful bucket and placed it back on the fence but, not before I wiped the fence with the clean bucket of solution and water. I purposefully left parts lightly touched to show some type of comparison for the photos.
During my cleaning, I was told that I didn’t need to do that since the ranch hands “spray those out” every so often and that they have tried different “bleaches and chorines” to kill the algae. That sludge didn’t look like every so often and neither chlorine nor bleach belong anywhere near my or your horse’s only source of clean water. To be honest, a week and half later, there is barely anything in that bucket other than water. Noble Outfitter’s Biosecurity Wash gets the job done and prevents new grime without putting your horse at risk.
I recommend thoroughly cleaning water troughs that don’t have water filtering out every three weeks, every two if community. Water troughs with water filtering out should be sprayed down once a month. Still troughs and buckets though be sprayed every three or so days.
Note: Troughs and buckets, fully filtering/running or not, should be inspected, emptied, and wiped every other day at least. Cleaning pertains to the actual act of sanitizing and not the basic act of daily upkeep.
Happy cleaning my friends! Noble Outfitter’s Biosecurity Spray will have you hitting the jackpot with every single flush of a bucket.
Remember, you pay for what you’re getting if you board. If standards are not up to par, take it into your own hands and be sure to let the barn manager know! You are 100% responsible for ensuring the health and safety of your horse. Fight for your amazing four legged partner!