Running an efficient training barn takes lots of organization and team playing amongst employees. Since relocating to Arizona, I have had to start from scratch on organizing and figuring out a way to run my new barn efficiently. I can honestly say this is one of the hardest things as a trainer – at least for me – to do.
I am happiest when I am riding horses not cleaning and organizing my barn. I depend heavily on my employees to take that stress off of me and to keep things organized and clean. What that means, however, is that all the employees have to be organized. I know it is not fun to have to pick up after someone else.
We have several ways of trying to maintain an order in our barn. We have shelving and drawers that are clearly marked with what should be there. Medications are organized and marked so they can be easily found and kept in one place. Laundry hampers by the wash racks also keep dirty wraps and boots from being strung all over the floor. The tack room is organized by snaffles and bridles, which are kept separately. For horse shows, we have marked tubs with lids in which to keep all of the necessary wraps, boots etc. They are easily moved and easy to find when needed.
More than anything, it takes diligence to clean up after yourself and put things where they belong. When everybody does their part, the barn runs efficiently giving us more time to focus on the most important thing – the horses.
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About Craig Schmersal
Reining horse professional Craig Schmersal is the 4th all-time leading rider, with earnings of more than 3 million dollars!. Over the last decade, Craig has won almost all of the major reining events, often taking all three of his entries into the finals.