On a horse farm, rain equals mud. Lots of rain, equals lots of mud.
I’ve never been on a horse farm without mud. Do they exist? I suppose they exist if you don’t let the horses out of their stalls at all. But I’m not sure that’s fair, as sometimes it’s wet for a long time around here.
A few weeks ago, we got a ton of rain. Which turned our world to mud.
So once it stopped raining and things dried up, we decided to buy pea gravel, limestone screenings and driveway gravel.
Some for the driveway.
Some for a trail we made for the horses from the arena, past the shelter and out to the pastures.
We spread the piles with our tractor as best we could.
The horses watched. Wondering why they were not allowed in.
We also have a trail of pea gravel from the arena out to the shelter.
Then we added limestone screenings outside the arena.
And onto the walkway into the arena.
And into the stall area inside the arena.
It looked beautiful for about 5 minutes and then the horses promptly started pooping on it all.
We are doing our best to remove the poop from the trail of pea gravel and limestone daily – in order to keep the gravel there at least through the fall, winter and spring season when it can get so muddy. It is a lot of poop though, so we fall behind a lot.
It’s not perfect, but it’s minimizing the mud at least for now. We’ll see how long it lasts.