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Farm Management
Posted July 25, 2007

Mud Management For Horse Farms

Why is mud a problem?
  • Unhealthy environment for your horse
  • Inconvenient for horse owner (harder to do chores)
  • Dangerous footing for owner and horse
  • Unsightly
  • Causes odors and flies
  • Impacts environment-runoff of sediment an nutrients
What is mud?
  • Fine organic material
  • Holds moisture
How does mud happen?
  • Increase of surface water
  • Highly organic soil instead of well-drained or gravel
  • Manure buildup
  • Decomposed organic material (stall waste, shavings, old hog fuel, hay)
  • High traffic areas
  • Compaction causes an impervious surface
  • Break down of vegetation that helps stabilize soil
Six Techniques to reduce mud and hopefully eliminate it.
  • Establish a sacrifice area
  • Pick up manure on a regular basis
  • Install gutters and downspouts
  • Use footing material for paddocks
  • Use footing material for high traffic areas
  • Use trees as mud managers

Informational material from a seminar that my husband and I attended, given by Alayne Renee Blickle, Horses for Clean Water.

Visit: Horses for Clean Water

Farm Management