Caring for horses can become quite a chore in between seasons, when the weather is unpredictable. Recently our readers weighed in on the different ways they deal with mud in their horse’s habitat during the wet months. Six hundred people responded to our online poll, and we’ve tallied the results!

Of the 600 respondents, 161 (27%) said they use sand in their paddocks to reduce mud, while 87 (14%) responded that their horse stays stalled when it’s muddy. Another 73 individuals said they use wood chips or hogs fuel to reduce the mud. Fifty-nine people (10%) responded that they have an engineered drainage system in their paddock, and 21 respondents (4%) said they use a commercial mud prevention system in their paddocks that holds the soil and prevents mud and erosion. The remaining 199 people (33%) said they used other mud management practices.

Additionally, more than 90 respondents left comments about their mud management practices:

[image imageid="4296" includeTitle="false" includeSummary="false"]Readers recently weighed in on their mud management practices in's weekly online poll. [/image]

Many people commented that they use some form of gravel or rock to help manage the mud:

  • “Most of the paddock stays mud-free, but we use small rounded rocks in the areas that do get muddy.”

  • “Geotextile fabric, 6 inches of fist sized rock, then 3 to 4 inches of stone dust–it works great!”

  • “Gravel, geotext