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Winter Paddock Footing for Horse Properties

One of the most frequent horse property management questions I get at this time of year has to do with choosing the right footing for a winter paddock....

Slow the Flow: Dealing with Winter Drainage Issues

If rainwater is flowing into confinement areas you might need to consider installing some type of drainage system to divert away surface water. When tackling drainage think "slow the flow."...

Fall in Place: Create a Winter Paddock

Probably the most important aspect of managing pastures is the time when you take your horses off the pasture. You can greatly improve the health and productivity of your pastures by creating and using a winter paddock or "sacrifice area" to confine your horses for this time period....

Fall Checklist for Preparing Your Horse Property for Winter

Even though we’re in the midst of the lazy, hazy dog days of summer now is actually the time to be planning ahead for the winter months; here is a checklist of fall horse property chores....

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Mud Management 102: Paddock Footing

Mud = yuck! At this time of the year mud becomes a common occurrence in many horse paddocks until summer when things dry out. If mud is an issue on your horse property you may be under the impression that it is an unavoidable part of having horses. But it doesn’t have to be! There are simple changes you can make to reduce or even eliminate mud on your property. Before footing addition In a previous...

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Figuring Out Footings

Hand-in-hand with the shelter requirements for the fall/winter is putting down some type of footing. This would be for winter paddocks, confinement areas or high traffic points such as gates or watering points. The purpose of footing material is to build up an area and keep your horse out of the mud. Use of a footing decreases the amount of mud created and allows surface water to drain through--good...

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