TIPS TO MAINTAIN HONEYCOMB OR ALUMINIUM HORSE FLOAT FLOORING
There’s a lot riding on keeping a horse float’s flooring in pristine condition—and that’s actually a pun with a lot of truth in it. If you are a proud owner of a horse float, you would know how much wear and tear you subject the float’s flooring every time you load up a horse, some equipment, and not to mention the manure and urine most likely to be disposed of during the ride. The weight combined with the chemicals can damage Aluminium or Honeycomb flooring.
If you want safety and longevity for your horse float floors (and to keep the warranty as well), heed these useful tips to help care for your trailer:
- CLEAN THE TRAILER PROMPTLY
Think of the horse float as your horse’s vehicle—it also needs TLC since a lot of debris can accumulate during the ride, particularly horse manure and urine. Both excretory elements have harsh chemicals that may react to aluminium floors. A dirty trailer can also be breeding ground for harmful microbes. Clean the trailer before and after using, and you’ll save both the flooring and your horse’s health.
- CHECK UNDER MATS
If your trailer has an aluminium floor with bedding, pull them up after use and wash them so the horse float floor can breathe. This keeps moisture from rusting over the floor and keeps the mat dry and clean. Otherwise, you can use honeycomb flooring because this type has surface drainage so you don’t have to remove anything while cleaning.
- SCRUB THE FLOORS
It’s okay to be a little rough on the floors by using a scrub to thoroughly clean the surface. Horse urine or manure can leave behind an unpleasant smell and some tiny debris that may rot and damage the floor. Dry the floor out after and sprinkle baking soda to prevent the acid on the urine from affecting the floors.
Horse float flooring needs constant care and attention to prevent any damage and ensure that it lasts and is safe to use. Whether aluminium or honeycomb, flooring maintenance is a must for every horse trailer owner.