Paddock Maintenance & Designs
I'm in the process of designing a paddock for my mare to turn out in the day-time house. It's approx one quarter of an acre large. I would prefer it to be dirt, I'm not concerned about growing grass, but if it does occasionally sprout that's not an issue.
What maintenance do you go thru on a daily/weekly/monthly/quarterly/annual basis to keep your paddock up on maintenance and beautiful?
I want to avoid weeds, rocks & mud the most. Is there a special footing I should consider? Light wood chip covering?
Fencing is currently a temporary wire fencing. Not barbed, just plain wire and my horses respect it.
Tips and advice would be great, thank you!
I would go with some type of gravel, birds eye and pea gravel are best. Wood chips will decompose and turn into dirt, just making issues with mud worse. inches of mud + one more inch = how much gravel you need. Do not expect any grass if you add footing, and even if you didn't add footing there really wouldnt be anything.
How often would I have to replace the footing and where might I call to look for it? Can horses eat hay directly off the ground with this footing or would they require a feeding bin?
I would think a landscaping center would have it, here they have the small stuff and give a farm discount as well if you buy enough. We always put a wooden "bridge" out to put hay on or in big buckets just so they didn't eat the gravel.
I would not feed off the gravel. I would recommend having a feeding station with mats and a big tub for hay. You can also save a great deal of hay feeding it in a tub as horses cant trample it.
Alright, I'm going to look into the gravel. Hopefully it'll be in the budget.
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