We are redoing the area by our barn this summer because it's a complete muddy mess with it rains/snow is melting. We have clay underneath the topsoil/dirt. Right now I am taking our tractor and digging all the mud/pee/poopy mess that on the top and I'm getting into the clay. It's already looking much better. It's also a fairly large area so it's going to take time and money to make this work.
We have an auger and are going to drill 2' holes that will be about 3-4 feet deep which will help with the water draining due to the clay that's there. Those holes will be filled with rocks and then whatever we decide to put down ontop of the rocks. We did this a few years ago and the results were really good for about 2 years, but we never went beyond that for the mud control.
We were planning on doing a 1 foot layer of pee gravel, and then 1 foot sand ontop of the gravel. But would it be better to put the sand down first, and then gravel on top of that? Or use just sand? Or use just gravel?
Will my horses eat the rocks if they are laid down ontop? My horses are barefoot, and the only one that occasionally has issues is my mare. The 2 geldings have very hardy feet. I've heard that pee gravel can help strengthen hooves. Is that true?
The area by the water through is one of the muddiest spots, so would it be wise to put the gravel there?
Do you have other suggestions?
I'm open to just about anything so let me hear your opinions? I can also get pictures of the areas today if anyone wants to see what I'm dealing with.
Thanks in advance!