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post #1 of 16 Old 03-30-2012, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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How would you fill...

...this hole?



In the middle during the summer it can reach up to the knees of somebody who is 5'10. What would you suggest to make it... not so pond like?

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post #2 of 16 Old 03-30-2012, 09:43 PM
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Establishing good drainage is key - layer your fill with larger rocks, gravel, smaller fill rock and finally dirt
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post #3 of 16 Old 03-30-2012, 09:47 PM
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Establish a drainage, put down rock, agricultural fabric, rock, smaller rock, EquiTerr, and fill with pea gravel. It might be enough just to use the rock and ag fabric, but EquiTerr keeps it from movign around. It's an interlocking system of honeycombed plastic frames that are designed to stay there. Can't be dug up by pawing, will tolerate traffic of heavy equipment, etc. My vet put this down at his gates where his draft horses dug ditches waiting for their feedings....no more ditches. We have it in the stalls...no more holes.
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post #4 of 16 Old 03-30-2012, 09:47 PM
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Establishing good drainage is key - layer your fill with larger rocks, gravel, smaller fill rock and finally dirt
I agree, but instead of dirt, use sand. (no mud)

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post #5 of 16 Old 03-30-2012, 10:50 PM
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Looks like you need some serious shovel work to put in a drainage ditch, without that nothing you do will work all that well. After the ditch then built id up as suggested.
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post #6 of 16 Old 03-30-2012, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. For the record, I don't own the facility in question. Just a boarder who doesn't fancy going for a swim when I have to get my guy out of the pasture. I'm going to start looking into gravel / other costs in my area.

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Just remember, if you do nothing but put gravel in the mud will swallow it in short order. But then, since you don't actually own the place you also don't want to put to much money in it.

If that gait is wet even in the middle of summer then it was placed over a spring hole. That being the case, talk to the BO about moving the gait because nothing you do will ever dry it out.
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post #8 of 16 Old 03-30-2012, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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Yikes. @_@ Never being able to try it out sounds terrible. Unfortunately, I've been trying to get this hole filled for almost 2 years and there hasn't been any action with it. There also isn't really anywhere else for the gate to be moved to.

I take it frogs living in that puddle isn't a good sign? XD

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Nope, not a good sign at all! Try looking at the bright side, you can get yourself some forg legs for dinner.
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post #10 of 16 Old 03-31-2012, 07:54 AM
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I think I'd look for a place to put up a walk through gate.

That gate is big enough to move equipment through, so for less than 50 bucks you could buy a 36" or 42" walk through gate and put it up in a better place, maybe 50 yards down on higher ground.

Or, in other words, you'll spend more money trying to fix that than to put up a new gate. Leave that one where it is.

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