“The shape of this fork made poo-picking really easy and prevented the prongs snagging on the grass. The curved shape made it harder to create level banks, but the benefits of the unusual shape far outweighed this.”
Eazitools Muck Fork T-Handle
A lightweight fork with four prongs, and an ergonomically-angled head and handle to encourage good posture during use.
“Genuinely better on rubber matting than other forks and also surprisingly good for poo-picking as you don’t end up with lots of grass on the fork. The handle was comfortable and it’s good quality. It can be harder to pick up smaller pieces of poo.”
Swedish Fork – Ultra lightweight shavings fork
Designed by equestrians in collaboration with a physiotherapist.
“I loved the position it put my back in when I mucked out. It was surprisingly robust, too. The cage style was excellent for sifting bedding so there was less wastage. I had to get used to the longer handle when I first started using it, but then I didn’t look back. I was really impressed by this fork.”
Shires Equestrian Lightweight chip fork
Made from tough plastic with a lightweight aluminum handle.
“The basket design meant that poo was easily collected and none of the bedding was wasted. If you’re not careful, the basket can become heavy and tipping the waste into the wheelbarrow took a little bit of getting used to.”
Spear & Jackson manure fork
The tubular steel shaft has heat-treated, square tines for maximum strength. An epoxy coating offers resistance against rust, humidity, acidity and alkalis.
BUY IF… you have straw beds or for use on the muck heap.
“Excellent craftsmanship and the tines were angled to help you not to hit the bottom of the muck trailer when forking up the heap. This is a tool for straw beds or muck heaps only, but it was really good at those jobs.”
Faulks – The Riddler fork
A shavings fork with wavy tines designed to make mucking out easier.
BUY IF… you want a durable fork for shavings beds.
“It was heavy to use and the poo sometimes rolled off the tines.It’s sturdy, really well-made and the design worked once I got used to it. It was heavy to use and the poo sometimes rolled off the tines.”
Quickie 24” Super Bulldozer broom
Ultra lightweight yard broom designed for use in wet or dry, even on rough surfaces. The longer handle eliminates stooping.
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