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Top 7 Smells of the Barn



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Nov 2009


Author: Katie


There are distinctive smells that go along with a horse farm, both pleasant and unpleasant. This is a list of the Top 7 Smells of the Barn

Sweet Feed

This is one of my favorite smells. I love going into a Feed room or shop and scooping out a handful of sweet feed. The molasses is so aromatic. It's almost like smelling a bakery.


Hay tends to make me sneeze and break out in hives, but it does have a slightly sweet smell to it.

Hot Shoeing

Without a doubt, hot shoeing is one of the worst smells at a barn, it's exactly the smell of burning hair. It lingers afterward too.


Tack shops and tack rooms alike are filled with the smell of leather. I have to say it's better at a tack shop though, because the leather is brand new, and brand new leather smells so nice. I don't know how to describe it, but if you've ever been to a tack shop you know what I'm talking about.


Oddly enough, the smell of manure doesn't bother me so much. Cleaning out stalls you get a good nose full of it, but it's mostly broken down grains and grass. It's not too bad.


Cleaning out a pee-filled stall on the other hand, that's an unpleasant, putrid smelling job. The more you scrape the stall floor, the worse it gets.


Horses to me don't smell bad. Cows, that's another story, but even a sweaty horse smells ok. Wet dog smells unpleasantly doggy, even when you're using a fragrant shampoo. A freshly bathed horse on the other hand, smells very good.

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2013 04 25

Thanks, I needed a description of smells my character might encounter when entering a horse stable. Smells like hay, manure, grain, etc. I’ve smelled them often but didn’t have a name for them. Thanks

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