First, I should introduce myself. I've been a horse lover most of my life, since the age of four when I lived in a housing project with my family and saw them on an old western. I've been riding since the age of twelve, taking lessons paid for with labor, until we could afford to pay with cash. I bought my first horse when I was almost thirty. We bought my first horse property in my mid thirties, and that is where my question comes in.
My title shouldn't really have a question mark, because I know the answer. What I really need is a solution.
My property was recently cleared, if you can call three years ago recent. It was not done well. It wasn't properly graded, and the trees were simply pushed down and the area run over with the dozer. I say this is not sufficient only because I still have places where the horses punch through. Despite having a specific area worked and having sand put down, the area still is not safe. If I am wrong in thinking it should have been graded and worked more thoroughly, feel free to correct me. It's fairly obvious to me that my ignorance has already been a huge problem. It may be that the clay based land is just too unstable. There is a huge runoff problem I've been trying to correct with green planting.
Is there a solution? I am desperate because I've been through the ringer on the horse issue and this is really the last straw. If corrections are feasible, I'll see what I can do to make them. If it turns out I just made a poor choice in buying this land, then I have to make harder decisions. We are not wealthy, so any decision must take into consideration that fact as well.