Originally Posted by kassierae
We had a ditch dug along the edge of the property, and also a swale put in through the one paddock and down the driveway. We live on the middle of a very large hill(or small mountain, if you prefer), the property is basically a flatter spot before it hits the bottom. The water tends to run off the mountain and create a carp load of mud, so if needed we dig trenches to try and convince it to run off better. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. The gate area of the one paddock is almost always mud in spring, and there have been no issues concerning it. As long as they have an area to get out of the mud, at least for a little while, you should be fine. We've been on this property for 15 years or so, and never had problems. If you manage it properly you will be fine.
Thanks. I was thinking of fencing off a small part of the paddock -20'x20' or 30'x30' by the barn entrance. Put sand on it and stall mats on top to keep them in there when it is muddy and let them out when the weather is nice. I thought maybe the grass would grow a little in the rest of the paddock then and they'd have some entertainment.