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post #11 of 19 Old 02-25-2012, 06:27 AM
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We have mud all winter long.. the paddock we have for simba is now complete slop so we're moving him to where Bandit lives today. I heard a bunch of girls complain at the last yard I was at that their horses were coming in with muddy legs... that's what a hose is for ladies! mud is a pain, but that's part and parcel with the horses unfortanetly :(

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post #12 of 19 Old 02-25-2012, 07:39 AM
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We are in Ohio also. I swear it has rained like washington state here this year. we just had a downpour YESTERDAY! You need drainage. If you are on dead flat ground you probably wont have any options but you need to make sure your building is guttered properly and it is draining to the best place for not puddling up. pipe it away if you have to! youd be amazed at how much gutters can change the area around your building.

We have a pond in two pastures that havent drained all year bc everytime they get close it pours and we are solid mud everywhere. We will hopefully have in a sacrifice turnout this fall that will double as an outdoor. They are hella expensive to put in
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post #13 of 19 Old 02-25-2012, 10:26 AM
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Ghostwind, Ohio actually just broke our own record for most rainfail since they started recording weather in the 1800s. I think we'd be better off on the sodden Olympic Peninsula right now!
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post #14 of 19 Old 02-25-2012, 10:36 AM
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We got 6-9 inches of snow the past 2 days. (southwest michigan) so Ohio must have got the rain from our snowstorm.
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post #15 of 19 Old 02-25-2012, 01:01 PM
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Originally Posted by GhostwindAppaloosa View Post
We are in Ohio also. I swear it has rained like washington state here this year.
Hey from over here in WA state - our next door neighbor's horse field is currently under two FEET of standing water! My goats won't get off thier built up wood shelf because the rest fo the pen in under water. It is raining againg today...

I am also going to go out to the horse stable within the next hour. Why is the horse at a stable? Because I couldn't handle all the mud that one horse made on my little half acre. Where he is at now, he has a dry stall to go into at night. During the day he is turned out into a paddock that only have about six to eight inches of muck. As of last weekend there was still an area in his paddock big enough for him to lay down and by dry, but with all the water coming down the last few days, I doubt it is there any longer.

The new filly - well, she gets stupid and will pace the edges of her paddock so she has two foot trenches full of water she is galloping back and forth through... she may be herd bound, but at least she is getting her exercise!!!

Thank goodness for indoor arenas!! otherwise we soggy western washingtonions would never get to ride!
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post #16 of 19 Old 02-25-2012, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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Trust me I'd love to do what CLaPorte is doing but sadly can't afford it right now. I will try the sand though thanks!
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post #17 of 19 Old 02-26-2012, 01:20 PM
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About how many inches of mud do you get on average? In summer when it is all dried out, add once inch of gravel for every inch of mud you have had, a 1:1 ratio.

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post #18 of 19 Old 03-15-2012, 04:03 PM
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I've been to a few barns where they use wood chips. That seems to work well enough, but you need to get a lot, and then keep getting more loads as the wood chips biodegrade. We use stone dust, which is really cheap where we live (about $1 a ton!) but the delivery fee is a lot more than that, unless you can pick it up yourself... stone dust is like ground-up gravel (I think thats what it is) and when you pack it down it gets pretty hard and solid. It doesn't wash away too easily, and its also great to make driveways and roads for tractors, etc. It's pretty commonly used around where I live.
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post #19 of 19 Old 03-16-2012, 12:26 PM
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We need a sacrifice area so badly, but unfortunately we lease the land and are to leave it the way we found it or better. Killing a chunk of the field for the sake of the rest is not an option. :( However, one of the horses is going into training for three months. The other will be confined to a quarter of the field, stalled over night, and hand grazed on some well-grown lawn area.
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