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post #1 of 7 Old 06-15-2013, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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The paddock is flooding- what can we do?

Okay....to put it simply....the paddock is flooding. It's just raining amd raining amd raining. There are no paddocks that are able to be used right now. Is it safe to keep using this paddock. The "flood" is a giant puddle near the back of the paddock, that gets bigger the more it rains. The paddock is a bit hilly, so the whole thing would never completely flood, no matter how much rain. So...should we still use this paddock? Or are there too many risks?


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post #2 of 7 Old 06-15-2013, 11:29 PM
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I'd still use it.
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I've always had this problem too, so we actually sectioned off two of our paddocks into four smaller holding areas. That way we could rotate when one was getting too slippery from hooves churning up the mud.

As long as the horses have somewhere they can stand that ISN'T flooded, like the higher part of the hill, then in theory it should be fine. Just keep a close eye on their hooves, lower legs, etc. in case they start getting any issues from the wet.

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Are you able to safely fence off the 'flooding' part? If there are no other paddocks you don't really have a choice - I would just keep a close eye on the horses until it starts to dry up.

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As long as your horses don't get fractious to where they start doing their own version of mud sliding and there's a high spot for them to get out of the water/mud, leave them have the paddock.

I have lived in places where the paddock flooded. You can fix it but it takes labor on your part and working in the rain every day

Study the water and see where it thinks it wants to drain. Water ALWAYS finds its own path.

As long as it wants to drain away from the house and other buildings, take a garden shovel (pointed) and make a trench from the puddle to outside the paddock. You will have to do that every day, since trenching by hand with a shovel, is not a permanent solution.

If the water isn't showing you where it wants to "run off" to, then you pick a path for it and keep that path open.

It does work because I've done it enough time in my years to know it works; just have to be willing to get out there and get filthy sloppy soaking wet dirty and take your clothes off on the back porch
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As long as your horses don't get fractious to where they start doing their own version of mud sliding and there's a high spot for them to get out of the water/mud, leave them have the paddock.

I have lived in places where the paddock flooded. You can fix it but it takes labor on your part and working in the rain every day

Study the water and see where it thinks it wants to drain. Water ALWAYS finds its own path.

As long as it wants to drain away from the house and other buildings, take a garden shovel (pointed) and make a trench from the puddle to outside the paddock. You will have to do that every day, since trenching by hand with a shovel, is not a permanent solution.

If the water isn't showing you where it wants to "run off" to, then you pick a path for it and keep that path open.

It does work because I've done it enough time in my years to know it works; just have to be willing to get out there and get filthy sloppy soaking wet dirty and take your clothes off on the back porch
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I thought I was the only one who owned a "special" shovel and who turned the back portch into the changing room.
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Thanks for the advice, everyone, all that is left now is a medium sized puddle. The horses were clever during the rain, grazing on the hill part of the paddock.


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