Originally Posted by OleHomestead
Also what about keeping paddocks dry?? Right now snow is melted and it's PUDDLES MUDDY MESS! Driving me crazy!!
Any suggestions? Maybe sand or something.It has to be something soft for her to lay on since straw is out of the question for bedding
Enough sand and gravel will help temporarily, but it won't take long before it's all churned back into the mud by those 1000 lbs beasties walking around.
The ideal solution, if you have more $$s than you know what to do with, is to have a professional dig up the paddock and lay a good drainage base and footing like in an arena. Many use Cow Carpet (Cow Carpet Geotextile - US Fabrics
) to keep the base from disappearing into dirt.
Normal people like me just wear muck boots and live with the mud during the winter/spring. If you have multiple paddocks, rotating them around will let them drain/dry faster without having constant foot traffic.
Avoid adding any organic matter like straw, however. It does help at the start, but in the long run it retains the water and just makes it take longer to dry out.