When it's cold outside, the first thing I do during morning chores is to take the cover off the water trough, break up the ice and get rid of it with my trusty strainer... then I throw in a couple of gallons of hot water. After that I plug it in until evening chores (unless it warms up and I can unplug it earlier). My electric bill goes up for a few months, but it is worth it.
Then, I go in the barn, turn on the lights and start getting the grain ready.
While the girls eat that, I put out the hay. Always 4 piles for 3 horses.
Once they are turned out, I start on the stalls.
Most of the time I have two wheel barrows with me.
I also have a fork, a rake and a broom.
Fortunately we have a hydrant under the stairs that go up to the loft. I empty the buckets and hang them there until it's time for evening chores. A couple of nights ago when it got down near 0 there was ice in them by morning (which I attacked with a rubber mallet). Fortunately they all drink most of their water during the night. Sometimes I bring out a gallon of hot water so I can really rinse them out well before I hang them up.
There are always ropes hanging from the gate to the main aisle in case of an emergency.
The feed room is full of all kinds of things. Safe Choice, Beet Pulp pellets, bran, shavings, hay, apples, supplements, tool box, little ladder, a calendar and much more.
Ronelle, over in France, was asking me about beet pulp. I get the pellets with no molasses.
For our three horses, I put a little less than a cup in a container with a lid, and cover it with at least an inch of water. After they have soaked, they fluff up and I mix them with their grain. (At night I soak for morning and vise versa). Each horse gets 1-2 cups am and pm.
As for stall cleaning....picky, picky, picky.
If you use shavings, it's very important that you shake them out when you are cleaning, or you end up wasting A LOT!
Once the stalls are picked, I rake them and sweep off the mats.
Set up hay for the evening.
Sweep the aisle and rake the run-in area.
Seeing that it was much milder today, the crew was with me.
Fast forward to evening chores....
The water is put in....
I get the grain ready....
and the girls come in. On automatic pilot of course.
All tucked in and it was not quite dark yet. A piece of cake.