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post #41 of 48 Old 04-30-2013, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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If you have that much of a drainage problem, then you might want to reconsider using that area as a paddock.
It's the closest to the barn and the water isnt usually that bad. we just had a lot of snow and usually there is half as much water and it goes away my the middle of may.is it possible to dig a trench around the paddock to catch the water?
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post #42 of 48 Old 04-30-2013, 02:13 PM
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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.
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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.
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You would do best to have to separate paddocks, to rotate every 30-60 days if possible. Or you could make them one bigger paddock, but have a sacrifice area similar to what you described. That way you will have grass, because after a few weeks with two horses a paddock that size will not have grass. Two horses and a small pony destroyed our grass within a few weeks. We do not have the means to rotate, and the grass just doesn't grow. We are on very rocky soil, with a slate bed underneath it.
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last year, my horse ate the grass down to the ground but now there is new grass shoots coming up again.
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..but you have to keep them off the grass until it comes in - those new shoots have to have the chance to grow. If you keep allowing the horses to graze it to the ground, you will find that less and less grass comes back every year replaced by more and more weeds until you have no pasture at all.

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..but you have to keep them off the grass until it comes in - those new shoots have to have the chance to grow. If you keep allowing the horses to graze it to the ground, you will find that less and less grass comes back every year replaced by more and more weeds until you have no pasture at all.
Thanks I think I'll fence off a part.
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if you have drainage issues I would suggest tile line/french drains like what they put around a house. dig a trench put in the pipe with some stone around it and route it to a spot you don't mind having mud

as far as dogs, i don't think I would worry about them if you havn't heard of packs of dogs in your area, the occasional dog or 2 will learn very quickly when it gets kicked by a horse

as far as how often to rotate between daytime pastures will completely depend upon how fast the grass is regrowing. someone previously mentioned 30 days seems like an awfully long time for regrowth. with the dairy cows I believe they are going into the pastures with 8-12" and coming out after they have eaten it down to about 4-6" and upstate NY I t hink the cows are back into a particular pasture on average 10-20days after the last time they grazed that particular piece of the pasture
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