Our Top 4 Tips for Managing Mud This Winter

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It is that time of year again and warm Summer days seem to be a distant memory already! The weather is getting colder and wetter by the day and the dreaded mud has started to rear it's ugly head again.

Every Winter we struggle with mud and I have spent many a happy afternoon squelching about in it and getting my wellies stuck in it at feeding time. Keeping on top of mud is important as it decreases the grazing you have available, it can create unsafe footing for you and your horse, as well as harbour nasty bacteria and diseases.

Although mud can never be eliminated entirely, we have found that the following tips have helped us to manage it a little better, so we thought we would share them with you: 

  1. 1. Rotate feeding & watering areas

  2. A really simple tip but very effective all the same - rotate the feed and watering areas regularly. This will help to prevent one particular area from being churned up by the regular heavy traffic. 

  1. 2. Poo Pick  

  2. We know it is chilly and it's not the most pleasant of tasks but regular poo picking will help to stop more mud from developing as it won't be trodden into the grass. It will also help to keep the good grazing clear which is in short supply at this time of year! 

    1. 3. Manage your grazing

    2. If space allows, consider sectioning off your grazing and rotating your horses regularly to allow one section to rest whilst the other is in use. 

    1. 4. Protect your horse against the mud 

    As well as keeping your horse warm and dry, outdoor rugs are also a great way of helping to protect them from the mud and will of course make grooming easier. You can view our lovely range of rugs here

     

    Princess and Wilma

    Princess & Wilma enjoying some Hay amongst the mud! 

     

    We hope you have found these tips useful - please let us know if you decide to give any a go! 


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