I'm going to try to describe this well enough to picture as I don't have any photos right now. We have a great old run-in shed on our property that we re-braced and fixed up a few years ago. It is the kind that used to be used for big bank barns & cows (cinderblock walls). It is a wonderful shelter, but its placement leaves a bit to be desired so that the times of year when it is really useful coincide with it being surrounded by a lot of mud. It is situated in about a 1 acre pasture that is slightly downhill from our bank barn's courtyard. We let the horses out through a gate that opens up from the courtyard into that pasture and they walk downhill slightly to head to the shed or graze. I would like to build a smaller, maybe 1/3 acre paddock that I could use as a diet lot but that would also give them access to the run-in. Problem is, there is a huge problem with mud in the whole area surrounding the shed because it is downhill and high traffic. Since I'm stuck with the location of the run-in, I'm trying to figure out if there is a way to improve that footing even though it is in a low space and make a happy healthy diet area for fatties to be enclosed as needed. Any ideas? I need to do this on a budget, though I'll likely hire someone with a bobcat and to bring in stone as needed. I have a tractor.