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Turnout Pen Gravel?
2006 Cherry Hill
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were told to place a combination of sand/pea gravel in our horse's corral. We
are trying to reduce mud in this area. What would be your recommendation?
I personally use 3/8 minus pea gravel
in my horse's individual turn out pens. The gravel is 1" to 1 1/2" deep
over the entire pen and 3" to 6" deep in one area to provide a more
comfortable surface where the horse lays down. This allows for wonderful drainage
during rainy periods and greatly reduces mud. For very muddy or low areas, you
might want to put down a 6" layer of road base, which is a mixture of gravel
and dirt. Level and tamp this layer and and then apply the pea gravel on top.
hesitate to use sand in any area where a horse might eat. If you plan to allow
your horse to eat in the corral, I'd nix the sand idea due to the possibility
of sand colic. You can read about Sand
Colic in another article on the Roundup
I'd also recommend you read
A Visual Guide to Safe and Healthy Horsekeeping. It has an entire chapter
on designing and maintaining Turn Out Pens, including a section with photos that
is specifically devoted to the pea gravel we are talking about!
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