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    02-18-2012, 10:50 AM
Mud crazy!

It has been pouring every few days here in South Central Texas and one of our stalls is pretty much under water, and the other is a mud pit except for a small area. The corral is like walking through submerged oatmeal. We have tried shoveling it all out but as soon as it starts raining again, we are back at square one. I have to keep my horses separated while I feed them or my gelding won't let my mare eat at all. So, we keep her in her semi less soggy stall until she is done eating and my gelding, I have been feeding in the turn out area. Sadly, this is sometimes in the rain. I guess I figure it is better than him standing in soupy mud. I have been checking for scratches and cleaning out their feet and surprisingly, no scratches OR thrush.
The water in their stalls has been seeping up from the ground as everywhere on our property is very squishy at the moment. I feel so bad for them right now, but have NO idea what to do. I was looking into something called a stall blanket but we can't spend that much money. We tried to shovel out a canal leading out to the lowest point out of the corral, but it just falls in on itself and clogs up the canal. Any suggestions, support or encouragement?
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    02-18-2012, 12:34 PM
What about building one large palate that would raise your horse off the ground 4".......put 2 x 4's on edge and screw 3/4" plywood to the top side and secure the bottom with the same of with could then put rubber on the top for traction.

Super Nova
    02-18-2012, 12:42 PM
Hang in there, you are doing the best you can with what you've got! Your horses are in good hands.
    02-18-2012, 12:46 PM
Originally Posted by Super Nova    
What about building one large palate that would raise your horse off the ground 4".......put 2 x 4's on edge and screw 3/4" plywood to the top side and secure the bottom with the same of with could then put rubber on the top for traction.

Super Nova

Wouldn't the wood rot in all the water?
    02-18-2012, 01:56 PM
Grading my be your easiest answer. A friend had her barn under water too until she had grading done to make the barn the highest point. Her barn is at the bottom of a hill & everything ran into it.
It's surprising how little it takes to move water. Most 'dirt men' will come out for free & tell you what they think you need & give an estimate.
I have my dry lots graded every other year to direct water into an open field. The lots look level but they aren't.
I also has a french drain installed after my hay barn flooded one year. It's been dry since.
    02-18-2012, 02:04 PM
I have a neighbor with a tractor and might be able to help do that once it actually stops raining.
I will be asking him about that. What is really frustrating me too is that once they are both turned out, and it isn't raining, they insist on going back into there soggy stalls. I leave them open so they actually have a run in if is starts pouring again...but they just stand in there even when it isn't raining.

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