Saturday, July 3, 2010
Small Dry Lot / Sacrafice Paddock Project Starting Today
4 grass paddocks.
2 "sacrifice" paddocks which are dirt/dry lots.
And the latest project...
3 little all weather dry lots.
The little dry lots will be used for days when I need the horses (or one or two, or whatever configuration) near the barn. Or, if the conditions elsewhere are too wet.
This also will be great for a horse who needs limited space turnout if possibly recovering form a veterinary issue.
The footing will be gravel.
No mud, drains well, nice to roll in, and hoof friendly.
Terry at Moondance Ranch in Colorado helped me feel confident with the choice of gravel.
Gravel is not used much for dry lots in Connecticut. CT people seem to think horses should be on sand for dry lots. Well... gravel gives better drainage and no risk of sand colic... so Terry and I corresponded and she gave a good review of gravel... so we ordered it.
There is a fabulous place not more than two miles from the house that sells wonderful materials.
So I headed on down to the quarry and place the order (their phone was not working).
Mr. Java's Mom gave me exact instructions on what to order.
First batch... oops. That's not gravel... well, there is gravel in it, it is gravel and washed sand.
Well... it's here now, we'll have to make it work.
Here comes the second batch.