Muddy Muck

How do you manage mud around your barn?
(Check all that apply)

We have a <a href="http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/smart-horse-keeping/archive/2010/10/07/mud-management-101-gutters-amp-downspouts.aspx">water diversion plan</a> around the barn
We use <a href="http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/smart-horse-keeping/archive/2010/11/26/mud-management-102-paddock-footing.aspx">footing (crushed gravel, shredded wood products, etc.)</a> in high-traffic areas
We use <a href="http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/smart-horse-keeping/archive/2010/11/26/mud-management-102-paddock-footing.aspx">geotextile fabric</a> with footing
We have a <a href="http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/smart-horse-keeping/archive/2010/12/10/mud-management-103-establish-a-manure-management-program.aspx">manure management program</a> for the pastures
We overseed our pastures
All of the above
Other (explain below)

Total votes cast: 891

Comments & Write-in Answers

Our horses live near the beach, no mud from the rain

3/7/2011 8:28:23 PM

barn boots!

3/7/2011 4:36:54 PM

Not ALL the above but a combination of a few. Water diversion, footing material, manure managemen

3/7/2011 12:51:03 AM

horses are kept on gravel lots when the pastures are too wet.

3/6/2011 5:01:47 PM

i would like to have the $ to do all of the above!

3/6/2011 3:40:10 PM

not to much works, the mud overtakes us anyway

3/6/2011 11:42:16 AM

my "dirt lot" is on a slight slope - water drains naturally

3/6/2011 8:46:37 AM

Avoid it my walking around the worse of the areas. If that can't be done - plow right on through!

3/5/2011 9:03:23 PM

muck boots

3/5/2011 7:24:53 PM

Horses have sacrifice areas during muddy season

3/5/2011 6:26:58 PM

We removed all the loom last spring& sold it so we had enough $ to run drainage across the turnout

3/5/2011 1:44:11 PM

Our barn is on higher ground and it all drains down to the lower pasture. No standing water.

3/4/2011 6:57:03 PM

mud management?! We were rubber boots!

3/4/2011 3:43:34 PM

We put in all weather turnout paddocks for the wet seasons. Definately worth it.

3/4/2011 12:46:33 PM

small 4H barn, several paddocks, not too much problems

3/4/2011 12:28:30 PM

Pasture management plan to limit use of pastures when wet and soils would be damaged by trampling.

3/4/2011 3:50:24 AM

crushed gravel in front of the barn where it's the worse.

3/3/2011 10:32:36 PM

Barn sets on top of hill on sandy soil. Water drains quickly. Very little mud created.

3/3/2011 9:07:15 PM

We rope off areas so there is no "hoof" traffic in muddy places if possible.

3/3/2011 9:05:32 PM

we use lime

3/3/2011 7:45:14 PM

My husband planned our barn with alot of thought and detail. He did a great job cause it worked grea

3/3/2011 7:22:53 PM

My barn does not manage mud or have a plan - it's awful!

3/3/2011 4:49:25 PM

need help!

3/3/2011 3:23:50 PM

Straw for high traffic areas

3/3/2011 1:46:02 PM

We're on a steep hill - use used bedding for traction in slippery areas

3/3/2011 1:27:23 PM

we live in a sandy enviroment. mud not really a problem

3/3/2011 10:08:28 AM

just deal and wait for it to dry up, sometimes keep horses in stall

3/3/2011 10:08:15 AM

sand and sand

3/3/2011 12:43:09 AM

rotate pastures

3/2/2011 9:12:53 PM

Mud happens, especially right around the barn. We do the best we can and endure whats left.

3/2/2011 7:25:15 PM

We use stone dust for 12-15 ft from barn

3/2/2011 6:19:51 PM

We keep them inside when it is too muddy

3/2/2011 3:49:23 PM

Each paddock has a 30' x 40' gravelled area.We work closely with our local conservation district.

3/2/2011 2:48:48 PM

Haven't had enough rain for so long, it's not an issue!

3/2/2011 1:28:50 PM

Very hard to manage winter/spring thaw and all the muck. Nothing is that effective.

3/2/2011 1:14:03 PM

keep horses off pastures

3/2/2011 11:59:45 AM

we use old carpet in areas that become slick and muddy.

3/2/2011 11:59:10 AM

crushed blacktop has worked great - doesn't disappear into the mud. Mine has lasted about 10 years.

3/2/2011 10:17:21 AM

intelligent construction and don't hesitate to change something that doesn't work

3/2/2011 9:39:01 AM

when it thaws - we shovel

3/2/2011 8:47:58 AM

We try to groom the ground around the barn for run-off

3/2/2011 8:26:21 AM

not a lot we can do here.

3/2/2011 7:57:13 AM

proper roof run-off management, automatic waterers, grass coverage on pastures is over 85%

3/2/2011 7:28:02 AM

we put up with it - its usually not for long

3/2/2011 7:13:30 AM

Water diversion, footing management and tall boots with extra socks so the boots stay on in the mud.

3/2/2011 6:52:29 AM

Haven't found a solution yet. :(

3/2/2011 6:25:27 AM

sacrifice paddocks with crushed stone, keep horses off areas that can become muddy

3/2/2011 6:15:06 AM

it is very sandy at my barn

3/2/2011 5:45:28 AM

Since we haven't had decent rain in the last 4 years, I'd love some muck..Mary, South Africa

3/2/2011 1:55:19 AM

No mud management at that barn - too many horses on not enough pasture creates a huge mess

3/2/2011 1:42:39 AM

We dry lot the horses in the winter and add crushed rock to elminate as much mud as possible.

3/1/2011 11:15:35 PM

keep runoff flowing away, move horses away til it dries up, add footing, pray for sun!

3/1/2011 10:55:01 PM

live on an 1100 Ft.high sand pile ,some errosion no mud can't even make a puddle.

3/1/2011 10:28:08 PM


3/1/2011 9:49:14 PM

Keep the horses out of it as much as possible by taking them to pasture by a different route

3/1/2011 8:49:57 PM

Some natural drainage present, thankfully.

3/1/2011 8:25:00 PM

I wear high rubber boots!

3/1/2011 8:03:47 PM

we just suffer through it, 'til the ground is thawed and water soaks in

3/1/2011 7:56:26 PM

keep horses off wet pastures

3/1/2011 6:45:28 PM

Lots of gravel, 3/4 minus or smaller

3/1/2011 6:43:05 PM

We use native plantings with high water absorption rates wherever possible.

3/1/2011 6:35:26 PM

I spread straw ; Works very well

3/1/2011 6:24:23 PM

we removed all sod and dirt to 10" and replaced it with decomposed granite. NO MORE MUD!

3/1/2011 6:23:15 PM

Hate it, but living in the lower mainland, you get used to it

3/1/2011 6:13:28 PM

We added gutters to the barn as well as drainage with fabric, stone, and tile.

3/1/2011 5:45:22 PM

we lay new woodchips every spring in high traffic area

3/1/2011 5:41:22 PM

Wonderful sand...mud not a prob in Central TX.

3/1/2011 5:13:42 PM

High traffic areas have hoofgrid put down over geotextile fabric and gravel.

3/1/2011 5:09:16 PM

Had lots of mud until I had an apron of about seven inches thick of crushed gravel laid down.

3/1/2011 5:05:59 PM

no mud, sand

3/1/2011 4:51:16 PM

We do the best we can w/drainage & manure removal, but the horses are still mud bugs!

3/1/2011 4:44:30 PM

dirt paddock till the ground dries up

3/1/2011 4:38:12 PM

We use many management ideas, but we still have mud

3/1/2011 4:27:07 PM

sometimes the muck wins no matter what

3/1/2011 4:13:18 PM

very, very tall boots

3/1/2011 4:07:17 PM

live with it!!

3/1/2011 4:05:31 PM

tall boots.......

3/1/2011 4:05:29 PM

nothing, and hope it goes away fast

3/1/2011 4:02:29 PM

Use sandbags in low spots behind barn to stop water from leeching under walls

3/1/2011 3:45:37 PM

We are ankle deep in the mud wish we had a better plan

3/1/2011 3:44:33 PM

We put river sand in front of the breezeway, which is the muddiest area.

3/1/2011 3:39:42 PM

Mud isn't usually a problem

3/1/2011 3:38:55 PM


3/1/2011 3:37:18 PM

Unfortunately, we don't get enough precipitation to create mud for longer than a day.

3/1/2011 3:34:47 PM

We ghave MUD!!

3/1/2011 3:18:45 PM

I also add straw to high mud areas

3/1/2011 3:13:40 PM

I rotate paddock areas to use drier paddocks

3/1/2011 3:06:37 PM

Florida is all sand no mud makes it nice.

3/1/2011 3:04:11 PM

We do what we can but live in a flat low area and sometimes it is just a mess no matter what.

3/1/2011 3:00:16 PM

in the seattle area I used drain rock in muddy paddocks.

3/1/2011 2:53:56 PM

live in the sandhills no mud here

3/1/2011 2:53:44 PM

It is not often seen in this part of Arizona, but pea gravel and chat are used in low lying areas

3/1/2011 1:39:16 PM

The barn I board at doesn't do a ton to deal with mud, but we're lucky as not much mud develops.

3/1/2011 10:42:48 AM