Lots of rain usually means muddy horse pastures. It can be hard to avoid, especially in high-traffic areas. Depending on where you live, you may never get a break from mud. The best thing to do is take action against this nasty muck and set up your fields for success!

What’s the cure? Geotextile fabric and crushed stone!

Paramount Material’s horse paddock footing grid.

Follow These Steps:

1. Begin by removing 6 to 8 inches of topsoil from the area you plan to fix.

2. Next, lay down a layer of geotextile fabric. There are quite a few different brands available. Do your research and find out which one will work best for your budget and needs.

3. Add 1.5 to 1.75 inches of crushed stone followed by another layer of geotextile fabric.

4. Lastly, cover the ‘sandwiched’ layers by burying them in at least 6 inches of material. Some options include gravel, sand, rubber, or wood chips.

Please note: Each product has different directions and requirements. Follow the steps instructed by the company you purchase it from.

Geotextile fabric is a great way to eliminate muddy paddocks. While it can be expensive, it’s also long-lasting and durable. So often, barn owners lay down gravel by itself just for it to disappear over a two- or three-year span. Handle your mud problem correctly the first time around!