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Wed, Nov 16, 2016

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Do You Need a Muddy Paddock Solution

Are you one of those horse owners struggling with managing mud on your horse property?   Some areas of the country are more susceptible to muddy conditions than others.  Mud is a byproduct of prolonged wet soil conditions which varies by soil type and topography.  After a rainstorm or spring snowmelt, clay and more condense soils drain more slowly than sandy soils and therefore are more prone to muddy conditions.  Muddy conditions are more likely to occur in areas of low elevation because as runoff tends to accumulate in these areas.

Mud is not only a mess to look at, it can create unsafe environmental conditions for your horse.  Horses that don’t have solid footings are more likely to injure themselves due to a slip or fall.  Muddy conditions also harbor bacteria and fungus that may cause your horse to develop multiple health problems.  The good news is, there are steps you can take to reduce the amount of mud on your property.

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A muddy horse paddock is more than unsightly. It creates a super breeding ground for fungus, bacteria, parasites, flies and mosquitoes. Mud increases a horse’s chance for injury including foot abscesses, mud fever, rain scald or strained ligaments and thrush. Mud increases the chances of lost shoes, for both horse and human. Horses become encrusted, with matted manes and tails. In addition to that, runoff from a muddy horse paddock pulls nutrients and minerals from the soil and contaminates groundwater. Managing mud effectively provides a cleaner, safer, more sanitary environment and preserves the beauty of your property and your animals.

Redirecting and Controlling Paddock Water

Soil and manure require water in order to be transformed into mud.  By controlling the amount of water entering onto your paddocks area you can control the amount of mud that is generated.  The first step is to divert any roof runoff water away from the paddocks sacrifice area.  The installation of eaves gutters and downspouts on your barns and run-in shelters will reduce the amount of water entering onto your paddocks.  If possible, downspouts should be directed towards a low lying area outside the paddock sacrifice area.  Roof runoff water is clean and it should be discharged into a location where it will not become contaminated with manure or mud.

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Providing perfect footing all year round, 365 days/ year is the goal. With a load-bearing capacity up to 35 tons / square foot, HoofGrid remains flexible and elastic from -58 to +194 degrees. It’s water permeable & impervious and does not pool waste. HoofGrid is easy to install, easy to use, and healthy for your horse.

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