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    11-23-2012, 12:25 PM
Thanks for everyone's advice. We're on the hunt for free to cheap sand. Only company that has gotten back to me so far says $285 + tax, including delivery, for about 14 tons. Is that a good price?
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    11-23-2012, 12:39 PM
Green Broke
Subbing, I share your pain, lol.
    11-23-2012, 05:12 PM
Green Broke
It appears a good enough price. What is the material? Do they just dump it or do they also spread it for you?
    11-23-2012, 07:49 PM
Actually found another 40 tons for 360. It's called bank sand. I have to go look. They'll come and dump it. No spreading
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    11-24-2012, 12:34 AM
If you don't have a good drainage system, no matter what you do, it will be a wash anyways (pun intended)

I have 4 different fields for my horses.
One is a dry lot, sort of corral connected to the barn where we ride as if we were showing, as well as put horses that start to get overweight in.
Secondly, we have another field that's connect to the barn that is about 2 acres, and then two pastures that are 4 acres a piece.

The field with two acres, is the one I had the most trouble with. I had to horses in it, and it was a mess. Mud up to your knees. After creating two ditchlines and putting gutters on the barn, its now as dry as can be, except for when it rains obviously. I don't like using gravel, but in spots where it tends to constantly stay wet, its not a bad idea, but I just use sand or saw dust in most places.

I would check to see if there is anyway to create a good drainage system, even if it means grading some of the land, because lets face it, a 1/2 acre is very simple to keep up with proper maintnence.
    11-24-2012, 01:41 AM
It can use drainage for sure, but right now we are looking for the cheapest & quickest solution. Theres no way to get machinery back there right now.

This is not a horse property. We have no barn :( it's a herbal farm we're Slowly transforming.

Thank you for your suggestions. We'll keep it in mind next year when things dry up & we can work properly.
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    12-12-2012, 05:09 PM
Just wanted to update... Hubby got a power auger so we can get the rest of the property fenced and we converted 1/3 of a cold frame (plastic wrap & metal greenhouse) into a "barn" and each horse has a stall now. They are happy and so am I
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    12-13-2012, 01:43 AM
Green Broke
Say, I don`t know if any one has mentioned this before but I think it`s high time for some pictures!!!!
    12-13-2012, 01:46 AM
Not much to take a picture of.. Calf deep mud/manure. It's pretty disgusting. It's going to sit for a while and clean up, wash away. I'm home all day so I can take them for plenty of walks until we get more fencing up
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