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    06-15-2011, 03:24 AM
Question Mud!

We have had heavy rain for a while now, it has washed the driveway away, the fish pond is overflowing, the pool is overflowing and the paddocks are mush!

We don't usually have weather like this often or for long periods.

How do you manage the area where your horse is? I have had to fence off parts of the paddock as it is so slushy, she is sliding all over the place!

Any advice greatly appreciated.
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    06-15-2011, 10:46 PM
Yeah, we are in the same boat, I just turned mine out to pasture so at least it not as wet.
    06-15-2011, 10:51 PM
I don't have much land so am restricted on where I can keep her. The rain has died off today and should be fine next few days. Chance to take her muddy coat off too!

How much land do you have? When you say out to pasture, do you mean you have let them out of stables into larger paddocks?
    06-15-2011, 11:34 PM
I am from Washington. I know your helpless feeling. It pours and pours and our paddock gets -very- nasty, to the point that I've lost shoes out there and not found them until summer. O.O The best thing to do is to get ride of the mud. Do your best to push it out of the way, build banks to act like a funnel to a safer place. And then add gravel.

If you are not in an area like mine, where it's not as bad :) (then I would consider you lucky!) Just add gravel everywhere! Your horse will not slide on the mud anymore. It will be deep until she packs it all down. Don't be conservative. Get a good amount of gravel in there. Good stuff. :) Horses usually will avoid the slippery mud when they can, so even if you can just make a path using the gravel, she'll be better off. Hope that helps! :)
    06-15-2011, 11:42 PM
Thank you! I might get some gravel, for now especially in her stable area. That is one of the worst areas.

Thank goodness it isn't like this too often, it would be terrible. Do you get a lot of rain?
    06-16-2011, 06:07 AM
Well, we have cattle too, so we have about 60 acres of pasture so I'm lucky to have this option. My horses are minis and they really enjoy "herding" the cows around too.
    06-16-2011, 07:45 AM
That is how it was at my place for a good long time this spring. More rain than I knew what to do with.

I ended up confining my horses to a smaller area (that they destroyed) with dry shelter available to them. I went through a boat load of hay keeping them busy (bored horses get in trouble, too much trouble).
    06-16-2011, 05:37 PM
Originally Posted by GreenTreeFrog    
Thank goodness it isn't like this too often, it would be terrible. Do you get a lot of rain?
To say we get a lot is being modest. It's raining 8 months out of the year, on a good year! However, the mud is because we have -lots- of clay in our area, so the water has no where to go. So yes.... we get lots of rain, and lots and lots of mud! :)

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