01-26-2012, 07:02 PM
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Mud just comes with the territory. Often, if there are gated pastures, horse owners will create a "dry lot," which keeps them from ripping up the sod in other pastures, but allows for turnout. It becomes a "mud lot" when it rains and when the snow melts--I've quaranteed my horses before in the fenced in area around my barn, which is easily 1/4 acre and more than many small herds get, to keep my pastures in shape.
AS LONG AS your horse can get out of the mud into a stall at night, there really isn't a big problem.