How to get rid of dust/mud in pens
I keep my horses at a self-care facility, meaning we pay board for the space, but are responsible for all care.
Anyway, my pens are so muddy because we had a couple of days of rain. Every time it rains for even a few hours it gets like this, and forget about it when we have days of rain! We are talking 6" of deep, sucky, gummy, muddy muck that will pull your boots off after only a day of rain. In the summer, it is fine, silty dust.
I don't have a ton of money to spend, but am trying to figure out what I can add to the pens to cut down on the mud. The dust is kind of annoying, but the mud is completely frustrating! I added a bunch of old hay and some sand yesterday just because I felt I needed to do SOMETHING & that was all that was available at the time. I tried to tramp it in so the horses wouldn't try to eat it. I haven't been back yet, so not sure if they vacuumed it up or tromped it in.
Could adding straw, gravel, sand, or WHAT help?? I don't want it to be very rocky, so gravel, unless very fine isn't my favorite choice. Surely some of you deal with this and have answers...