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    11-23-2012, 04:18 PM
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Hi guys,
I was wondering if anyone could help me come up with a solution for my mud problem.

My situation:
-Approx 3 acres (okay, not very big, but better than nothing!) split into large day turn out, and small night time paddock.
-Both horses out 24/7 but have access to cosy shelter day or night if they so choose.
-Around the gate area to the large turnout and around the front of the shelter is the most horrendous mud. Like, welly-losing, slipping and falling on your face mud.
-Shelter is not mobile, so I can't move it (with great ease and safety anyway)
-I have nowhere else to shelter them to rest the shelter.
-The weather has been awful for the past week (and pretty bad all year) where I am.

I've looked into:
-Grass mats
-Hard core
-Wood/Bark chippings

They all have their down falls.
If you've had experiences with any, good or bad, please tell me.
I'd like to know:
-Rough cost
-Process of laying it down (difficulty)
-How long term the solution is
-Where to source these things
-Any other way of dealing with the mud I have not mentioned.

Also, if I chose grass mats, is it too late for them? Would they just sink?

I'm so worried as both my horses are at such a risk of Mud fever, I'm worried sick about them.
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    11-23-2012, 07:41 PM
I tore up a good chunk of land next to my barn that is always a major mud pit. This is what I did...

We had a TON of clay here. So water does not soak in easily.

Dug out approximately 8 inches of topdirt. This was all the poop, muck and gross nasty dirt that's been walked on for decades here.

12" Augar, drilled hundreds of holes 3-1/2' deep.

44 yards of sand brought in.

I filled the holes with sand, and then laid between 6" and 12" of sand all over the top.

We got quite a bit of rain and this is working amazing for me. The drainage is so good, the sand is quick drying and my horses love it.
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    11-23-2012, 11:00 PM
You can't control how much falls out of the sky but you can control where is goes. Where does the run off from the shed go? Are the areas in front of the shed and gates low spots where runoff accumulates? Is water running down the road or adjacent fields and ending up in the run? Is there a buffer (long grasses, trees, bushes...) that will slow down the flow rate of the water and allow it to soak in before it reaches the pens?
    11-23-2012, 11:56 PM
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This is what we did in our wash stall. We dug a huge hole, maybe 6-8 feet deep. Fill it with large hunks of cement. Fill it in more with medium pieces of cement. Then gravel. Then pea gravel. Cover it up with plenty of dirt. You may want to rope it off for a little while incase it sinks a bit but if you put enough dirt on top it should be fine. You could even make several not so wide ones, it might be slightly costly but it will keep for a while!

The other thing we do for mud is put down lots of RCA. I don't really like it but it does do wonders for mud. Also we dug out the back of our paddocks so all the water drains into a ditch in the back.
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