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post #1 of 15 Old 12-29-2011, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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Mud everywhere in the center of my barn, need advice

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Should I scoop out 4 inches, fill in with crusher run then top with dirt so it comes above the level of the outside of the barn? So muddy and not good for the horses I'm sure!! Have 3...thanks! They are never stalled, but do go into their stalls 2x a day for Gro-n-win..
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post #2 of 15 Old 12-29-2011, 12:01 PM
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You do need to scoop out the top layer or any gravel you put in will be lost in the mud. It will be just like building a driveway. put larger gravel then smaller.
Nice barn, I feel your pain.
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post #3 of 15 Old 12-29-2011, 12:09 PM
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Once you put gravel in do not cover it with dirt, just leave it. You might add some lime, that will firm it up and let water run off.
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post #4 of 15 Old 12-29-2011, 12:22 PM
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this is just what i would do.

on the outside of each door and down the sides of the front and back of barn, i would put in a small ground gutter system to take the run off water away from the aisle before it even goes into the barn. and off to the side of the barn however far you want it to go.
then inside the barn i would scoop out enough mud to make it a hard surface again. and make sure its on an angle. so if water does go in it will drain to one side.
then put down big rocks and then small rocks. and level it off so its a smooth footing for the babies :) with all the rocks you could probably even put an outside long carpet and put over the rocks so you dont have to worry about picking rocks out of hooves :)

i feel your pain.. i did the above to a friends barn minus the carpet and she hasn't dealt with a muddy aisle since :) lol goodluck
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post #5 of 15 Old 12-29-2011, 12:45 PM
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First you need to install eavestroughing to direct the water well away from the doorway. If you have a set of steel harrows, drag them behind a quad if you have one. Or rake the surface a bit. Scuffling the surface will help it dry.
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post #6 of 15 Old 12-29-2011, 02:28 PM
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Gutters will probably help also.
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post #7 of 15 Old 12-29-2011, 04:35 PM
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Textile fabric under the rock. It really helps give the ground stability. I agree with the gutter suggestion too.
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post #8 of 15 Old 12-29-2011, 08:25 PM
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I found this really neat idea looking for advice for the exact same issue. Talks about using old carpet as a mat to prevent errosion. Hope you find something that works. I posted the link below.

www.maineequineassociates.com/ArchivedArticles/deep_mud.htmlCached
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post #9 of 15 Old 01-27-2012, 11:30 AM
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I had a major problem with mud, we have a 3 sided barn and corrals run off open side where the stall doors are. We put gutters up that helped alot, but then I did some research and decided to try decomposed granite for the open corral area for drainage factor. Left dirt/sand in stalls, but the corral is open and that decomposed granite has done a great job of making sure I have great drainage and hardly any mud for my horse to slosh around in. I paid about 200-250 I think for a huge truck load and it did the whole of corral areas for 4 stalls. Its actually pretty easy to spread (tractor helps) and initially concerned it may cause some bruising to horses feet due to small pebbles but nothing, and it compacts well, and little washes away. In 5 years Ive done the corrals twice, and mostly due to just poop scooping picking some of it up. I think they are actually using it alot for driveways now too.
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post #10 of 15 Old 01-27-2012, 12:34 PM
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Where do you get decomposed granite? I am planning to try the rug/carpet idea when I can find some carpet. but I also need something for the stalls.

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