The field in the livery yard where we keep our horses are atrocious at the moment. The high amount of rainfall means that the mud is horrendous and its only going to get worse. At he old place, it was muddy around the gate-but that's all! It was only our horses and a few sheep in a huge field though, so I suppose we were spoilt. I avoid hosing their legs (only about once a week and let them dry and brush off in the morning. I really hope they don't get mud fever.
Last edited by ness; 31st December 2009 at 11:01 AM.
Ours are very cut up as ours seem to go mad for the first few minutes of turnout each morning and totally cut up the field They are really wet too, not too muddy and the gateway has concrete in, but the top field is horribly poached. Luckily we have enough land so rotate the fields regularly, currently got 10 horses on 18 acres.
Not much we can do, we put haylage out for those out at night and the fields will be rolled when the weather dries up a bit.
Im starting to feel very proud for splitting my large field in three! As my horses stay at the yard i work at, instead of getting paid they are on full livery with their own field! After the bad weather last year i wasnt taking chances! I put my horses in one section round september/october, moved them to the next section in november/december and the have just moved them to the last section while the other areas have chance to recover!
So at the min the ground is ok! The only problem spot is near the gate and it doesnt help owning a cleydesdale x with feathers
That sounds like a good system. I can't wait for ours to move fields-but I suppose I am lucky because at least they are still allowed turnout every day.