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post #21 of 31 Old 06-26-2013, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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does anyone use polywire for their drylots? I wanted to make a 30X60ft drylot with sand for my horse(and hopefully a mini or shetland for company) to stay in when it rains or in spring so he doesnt wreck half the pasture(like he did this year)! In muddy and wet waether, he doesnt move around much anyway. I wanted to fence off a bit in front of the barn where he hangs out half the time and the grass is all worn away. I am worried about erosion though. Is there a way to prevent that?
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The area I mentioned as arena & the little squares by one of the barns are where I dry lot. As I mentioned, its 1 to 2 strands. We have only been here since December though. To prevent erosion you could leave a buffer of grass or shrubs around the outside edge. You can always dump in sand, pea gravel or hog fuel. The 1st two drain, the last doesn't. So if the area is really wet continually, then don't use the wood. It will absorb the water & hold it until the area dries up. Wood decomposes when its waterlogged like that. If your area is high traffic, but drains alright to begin with, then its great.
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The area I mentioned as arena & the little squares by one of the barns are where I dry lot. As I mentioned, its 1 to 2 strands. We have only been here since December though. To prevent erosion you could leave a buffer of grass or shrubs around the outside edge. You can always dump in sand, pea gravel or hog fuel. The 1st two drain, the last doesn't. So if the area is really wet continually, then don't use the wood. It will absorb the water & hold it until the area dries up. Wood decomposes when its waterlogged like that. If your area is high traffic, but drains alright to begin with, then its great.
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How big are your dry lots? Do you have sand or some other footing?
You use two strands of polywire for your drylot fencing?

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Yes. For now. I actually use the entire arena area for dry lot. I wanted to over graze it before I rent a tiller (calling the company this week o see if hey have one available this weekend!) We are going to fence it in wood rails, but that probably won't be until fall or next year... So many expenses as a new home owner, lol!

I don't know the measurements of the smaller area. I kind of eyeballed it. It's about 15 or so feet off each end of the barn, and about 40ft from north to south. I almost never lock them up that small though.
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Yes. For now. I actually use the entire arena area for dry lot. I wanted to over graze it before I rent a tiller (calling the company this week o see if hey have one available this weekend!) We are going to fence it in wood rails, but that probably won't be until fall or next year... So many expenses as a new home owner, lol!

I don't know the measurements of the smaller area. I kind of eyeballed it. It's about 15 or so feet off each end of the barn, and about 40ft from north to south. I almost never lock them up that small though.
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Could polywire be used in a pen 40X60 ft? I would like to get wood rails in that pen some time too though. It would just be for my one horse and maybe a mini for company some day.
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RitzieAnn, How large is your arena going to be? Are you going to dry lot your horses in there? I am still unsure of the size of my dry lot although I would like to make it big enough for two full sized horses(incase I DO get another horse). Thank you!
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Would 60x80ft be a fair sized drylot for two horses? Can it be smaller?
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I have not measured it. I will be measuring the narrow distance this weekend though. I just got it tilled up today & need to set the distance in the back closer to the barns. The width isn't something I got to choose. It's the space between the driveway & a line of little trees. The trees are in a "mitigated" area because when the house was built by the previous owners, they ran the driveway through a small area of wetlands, so the county made them plant trees. I am just thrilled to have a flat contained area & really excited for fencing it in with rails as soon as we can afford it. We plan to let that be our winter area because it is drier than the rest of the field area. I don't want them to be out there ripping it up when its all soft & saturated. We live on peat, so it grows things really well, its really dense & springy, but when its wet its easy to damage.

We plan to section off 2 smaller pens around the shelter so I can split the horses sometimes & not always have them turned out together. They are mother/son & son can get pretty crazy when mom isn't there for him to pick on.

I have pictures of the arena before/after Tilling & will post them when I can. Unfortunately this forum doesn't allow me to post from my phone, which is vast majority of my internet access
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Well, here's the "before" picture (taken thursday) and the "after" picture, taken Friday night! YAY. There was some grass, so I'll till again Sunday before we have to return the tiller.

And... for fun... there's the horses (Maddy is the brown one, Haskell is the strawberry one) They were NOT excited about the tiller.
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I was just wondering why you till your arena? I have always wanted to build one but I don't really understand the tilling part. What is a good size for an arena?
I also wanted to put a 3 or 4 board fence up in the drylot but we have trees along one side with branches overhanging the fenceline and I was worried that if they fall on the wood fence, the fence would break. Would you put up a wood fence beside trees?
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