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  • MUD :(

    There's nothing I hate more. I'd rather have extreme heat, a foot of snow, anything but this nasty sticky mud. Makes me so cranky

    Anyone have tips or tricks, anything you've done anywhere around the farm to deal with this menace...

  • #2
    No tips here, but I share your pain...I'm down in MS and it is miserable

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    • #3
      Are you trying to control the mud situation in a specific area (i.e., in front of the barn, in a run-in) or are you just saying in general what are you doing to manage muddy pastures/farms?
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        #4
        In general I suppose. The areas around my gates are horrible though. Getting to the manure pile is a challenge as well.

        We also did a lot of excavation work last year and never got a chance to get grass growing on it so those areas are pretty bad too.

        I just hate this stuff

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        • #5
          Another mud hater here. I agree, I'd rather snow than mud

          I've always heard (and found) that stone and lots of it is the best.And preferably with barrier cloth underneath. But we rent a barn right now and I refuse to put that much money into someone else's farm. What I've found works for a short term solution is carpet. Sounds silly, I know, but it really does work. In the past, I got big pieces that they've torn out from carpet installers and put around my gates and in front of the run in shed. Works like a charm for up to two years depending on your horses. Mine are mostly barefoot, so not as much wear and tear as ones with shoes.

          Sheila

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          • #6
            I would have to agree with Chestnut Run. Lots of gravel. The barrier cloth is a great idea, too.
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            • #7
              Excavate down at least 18" put in rock then gravel. Quick temporary fix; pea gravel.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Sparky Boy View Post
                There's nothing I hate more. I'd rather have extreme heat, a foot of snow, anything but this nasty sticky mud. Makes me so cranky

                Anyone have tips or tricks, anything you've done anywhere around the farm to deal with this menace...
                I've been researching soil stabilization grids.

                http://www.ecoterr.com/equine-footin...separation.htm

                http://www.geoproducts.org/

                http://www.stabiligrid.com/

                http://eco-flex.com/products/index.php?productId=31



                I don't have a mud problem but I have a few choice areas I would like to use these products and I would love to hear if any other horse people have used them.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by hudsonhunter View Post
                  I've been researching soil stabilization grids.

                  http://www.ecoterr.com/equine-footin...separation.htm

                  http://www.geoproducts.org/

                  http://www.stabiligrid.com/

                  http://eco-flex.com/products/index.php?productId=31


                  I don't have a mud problem but I have a few choice areas I would like to use these products and I would love to hear if any other horse people have used them.
                  Do you have cost per sq. foot? What are you learning? Just wondering how they compare both cost-wise and satisfaction with mud control vs. digging down, using geotextile and bringing in rock.
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                  • #10
                    I purchased some very large heavy stall mats for another project, but put them down as a path in high traffic areas when we had freezing weather and the mud was rutted up, looked very uncomfortable to walk on.

                    Since the thaw, and then cataclysm that followed, I just left them there and the horses are thrilled with their rubber "path" and use it exclusively. I think this is the first year ever that mud is basically a non-issue. Water pooling on the mats? Yes, but no slippy sucky mucky mud.

                    I board, so the nice thing is I can take the mats with me should I ever need to, unlike footing.
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                    • #11
                      I would love to try this

                      http://www.farmtek.com/farm/supplies...oductId=440545

                      Actually, I would love for that to work!! I've seen something similar on a grass lot used for parking and it was working quite well. But at $275 + $150 shipping, I'mnot going to gamble...

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                      • #12
                        Ugg, I feel you pain! I hate mud!!!!

                        I am a boarder – last boarding barn undertook a very ambitious grading project last summer – meaning all we had was acres of raw dirt come winter rains. The place turned into an absolute nightmare of a mud pit. A boot sucking, can’t make it to the barn without slipping and cursing disaster.

                        So, I got the hell out of there! I think they are looking at a few years before the dirt properly settles, and grass can really establish.

                        I can tell you my new barn, while built on the same topography (base of a large hill / ravine, so lots of water comes running off the mountains) is totally mud free. They have HUGE drainage ditches around all perimeters. The arena / barns / paddocks are all built on a gentle slope down to drainage ditches. And rock, tons and tons of drainage rock covered in fine gravel. Even the turn out pastures fair well with the rains – the gates are located at the highest points, the fields slope away from there – and each is again surrounded by a drainage ditch.

                        So the answer – grading, base rock, and well planned gate locations – not an easy fix!
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Chestnut Run View Post
                          What I've found works for a short term solution is carpet. Sounds silly, I know, but it really does work. In the past, I got big pieces that they've torn out from carpet installers and put around my gates and in front of the run in shed. Works like a charm for up to two years depending on your horses. Mine are mostly barefoot, so not as much wear and tear as ones with shoes.

                          Sheila
                          I'm on a rented property as well and am battling never-ending mud. Do you happen to have any suggestions for how to go about contacting someone regarding old carpeting? I don't even know where to begin with that but it's a great idea. Do you have any pictures of it on your property?

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                          • #14
                            we have someone come out with a bobcat and remove the mud when it gets all mixed in with the manure - over the last three years that we've been here, a significant amount of "new" soil has been "made", and when it rains, it's AWFUL. So we got a LOT of it taken out of the paddocks. Once that was done, we put down lots of gravel in the areas the horses stand (which is right next to the hay bale feeders), and put rubber mats down. We clean the manure off the mats once or twice a week depending on the weather, and it keeps them from having to stand in mud and muck and nastiness. It helps, but isn't a permanent solution. Just don't have the money to put into a bunch of sand rock right now, especially for 8 paddocks.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by TBPONY View Post
                              I'm on a rented property as well and am battling never-ending mud. Do you happen to have any suggestions for how to go about contacting someone regarding old carpeting? I don't even know where to begin with that but it's a great idea. Do you have any pictures of it on your property?
                              I'll look to see if I have any pictures saved where you can see the carpet. But I don't think I do. After a week or two, it's got dirt tracked on it, and unless you look closely, you can't really see that it's carpet. We put down as big a pieces as we could (like 12'x12+'). I don't know that it would work well with smaller pieces as they might move around.

                              I have a brother in law who installs carpets, so we just asked him. The lady who told me about using carpet for cheapy short term mud control, said she called some local apartment complexes and looked up local places that sold carpet. They usually do installations too. She said after a few weeks, she had people calling her to offer her old carpet. The installers have to pay to dispose of it, so she had a never ending supply of whatever she needed. I will say, her farm had absolutely NO mud anywhere. And this is clay central.

                              Sheila

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                              • #16
                                Fixing to dump gravel in a slew of dif locations on the farm. I don't remember ever having so much mud...it's everywhere and it just seems to NEVER dry out this year. UGH!!! Form a support group for us, Sparky Boy!!! Mud Haters, Inc.

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                                • #17
                                  I'm totally going to look up some carpet places and do this....methinks it would help out a lot long term.....
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