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ilovemyPhillip 04-04-2009 10:05 AM

Keeping Clean in a muddy pasture?
 
Hi everyone,
I have a very very very very VERY muddy pasture, it has like NO grass, so when it rains, the horses seem to sink down in the mud. We have no running water at my farm, so bathing is the best bet. I know brushing, but is there some way to you, help with it? We are trying to grow grass, but that won't be happen too soon in the future. The same problem is with my goats... but the REALLY sad part is that we have 2 Palominos, a white, and a dark bay, so the dirt REALLY shows up :?.

Anny

RedRoan 04-04-2009 10:32 AM

I have sort of the same issue. But our pasture there are dry spots. But of course our horses love rolling in the most muddiest part of the pasture. My horse is a varnished red roan, but hes mostly white. He has red legs so that saves me a lot of time getting ready for the random winter/spring show that comes up.

I don't know about fixing the pasture, only just letting the horses in their stalls at night and if it rains keep them in their stalls. That gives the field a breather, also rotating pastures helps a lot.

The best advice I can give you is to groom every day. Yeah its time consuming but it pays off if you want a 'cleanish' horse. If you want to get ride of the nasty poopy spots and spots that seem to concentrate in a certain area on your horse, using a spray on green spot remover helps. But like I said grooming every day helps.

I've also found that letting your horse roll in a dry arena helps him from being tempted to roll in a super muddy spot in the feild. (But thats my horse, another horse if you turn them out they will roll anywhere haha).

Vidaloco 04-04-2009 10:49 AM

It always seems the lighter the color of the horse, the better they are at finding the muddiest part of the field to roll in. :?
Can you use turn out sheets? I've thought of getting one for my blackhorse so when I get her clean she stays that way longer. Just a light weight one for the main riding seasons when I ride about every day. She loves to roll in dusty areas so she is always dusty. I swear she is part chicken and loves to dust herself.:lol:

ilovemyPhillip 04-04-2009 10:58 AM

No stalls, just a run-in shelter, the barn is being built.
Vidaloco - like a fly blanket?

RedRoan 04-04-2009 11:03 AM

I don't think a fly blanket would do because it has holes in it, and I am not sure how water proof they are.

At my barn we have put large bark chips down in front of the gates. It seems to help a little, but they erode pretty fast so you gotta keep on putting more in.

ilovemyPhillip 04-04-2009 11:11 AM

We have TONS of wood chips I guess I could spread around. We have a chipper, and like 7 acres of woods that needs to be cleared, so getting chips isn't a problem. I'll suggest this to my step dad, although he doesn't care if his horse gets muddy. He doesn't really care at all. He just makes sure theyre safe, fed, watered, and that he can gallop away. Huh, he doen't get it. Oh well, thanks for the advice.

Vidaloco 04-04-2009 12:08 PM

No I think a fly sheet would just pack with mud. They make light summer weight turnout sheets. They're usually waterproof too.

PaintHorseMares 04-04-2009 12:10 PM

My experience has been that it's impossible to keep a white horse clean, even when it's not really muddy. I've always heard (perhaps an old wife's tale) that 'late' foals (late April/May) were often 'mud babies' and our mainly white mare, Lady, certainly is :-)

Vidaloco 04-04-2009 01:36 PM

How funny Painthorsemares :lol: I used to have a pale grey almost white mare. I would give her a bath, get her good and dry, turn her out in a clean pasture and I swear she would poop just so she could roll in it.

PoptartShop 04-05-2009 12:48 PM

Yeah, I think a nice turn-out sheet should keep the mud off a bit, it's much easier to use one of those because when you go to groom your horse, there's not much mud to clean off, you know? :D


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