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TracyC

  • Joined Aug 2016
Poached sacrifice field
« on: January 11, 2017, 01:45:27 pm »
Hi All

I have an area of my field that I sacrificed over winter for the horses.  It's our first year having them at home and it was always going to be "see what happens" kind of year.  The area that's been sacrificed is obviously a state.  They are only out an hour 4 times a week.  It's ankle (maybe more) deep in mud and of course there isn't a blade of grass to be seen.
At the moment, we don't have machinery at our disposal.
We've stopped putting the horses out for the next month or 2, so I intend to try and do what I can to get it at least flattened ready for drying out nice and "smooth".  Of course it is far too wet to roll (we don't have one anyway) so does anyone have any old fashioned frugal, smallholder methods that I could try to flatten out at least the gate area so it doesn't turn into a dangerous dry ground area come the summer?  I was thinking of using the next few days cold spell to my advantage and when it freezes over slightly, give it a good stomping!  Only it'd take a while :)
Thanks in advance, Tracy

waterbuffalofarmer

  • Joined Apr 2014
  • Mid Wales
  • Owner of 61 Mediterranean water buffaloes
Re: Poached sacrifice field
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2017, 02:33:00 pm »
What about spreading some composted muck on the field, plowing/harrowing and reseeding it? You might be able to get a contractor to do it for you.....
« Last Edit: January 11, 2017, 02:38:21 pm by waterbuffalofarmer »
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TracyC

  • Joined Aug 2016
Re: Poached sacrifice field
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2017, 02:36:37 pm »
Thanks for the reply.  We don't have a lot of space so would happily try to do this ourselves.  I have a tone of composted muck - this is something I hadn't even give thought too, now I wonder....

thank you! 

waterbuffalofarmer

  • Joined Apr 2014
  • Mid Wales
  • Owner of 61 Mediterranean water buffaloes
Re: Poached sacrifice field
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2017, 02:38:48 pm »
Thanks for the reply.  We don't have a lot of space so would happily try to do this ourselves.  I have a tone of composted muck - this is something I hadn't even give thought too, now I wonder....

thank you!
Ur welcome @TracyC  :) Before you do anything though have a read of this.....
http://www.kentdowns.org.uk/uploads/documents/ManagingLandforHorses.pdf
It goes through what the best species of grass are for horses and how to manage the land they are on too, very interesting read :)
« Last Edit: January 11, 2017, 02:41:33 pm by waterbuffalofarmer »
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TracyC

  • Joined Aug 2016
Re: Poached sacrifice field
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2017, 08:38:57 pm »
Thank you, much appreciated for the link - I will take a look.

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Poached sacrifice field
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2017, 11:30:40 pm »
I have to say, this is one of the best thread titles ever  :coat:
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TracyC

  • Joined Aug 2016
Re: Poached sacrifice field
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2017, 08:54:10 am »
It took me a moment to see what you meant, then I nearly spat my morning tea out!!!  Of course I was just in my zone LOL!

landroverroy

  • Joined Oct 2010
Re: Poached sacrifice field
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2017, 04:38:57 pm »
 Tracy - don't do anything with it till spring when it has dried out naturally. You can't work mud. You'll just make more of a mess of it,
life's too short to be boring.

TracyC

  • Joined Aug 2016
Re: Poached sacrifice field
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2017, 09:30:42 am »
This was my gut feeling thank you.
I do wonder if I should be trying to flatten some of the really lumpy bits when the ground freezes a bit? 

harmony

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Poached sacrifice field
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2017, 09:56:34 am »
Nope do as Landroverroy says!

TracyC

  • Joined Aug 2016
Re: Poached sacrifice field
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2017, 09:58:52 am »
I will definitely do as Landroverroy says :) just making sure I didn't miss anything.  Thanks!

paddy1200

  • Joined Dec 2013
Re: Poached sacrifice field
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2017, 10:23:48 pm »
when the field becomes more 'workable' run over it with some harrows, that will help in the short term, but as landrover roy says, don't do anything till you can get equipment on it without causing further ruts/damage.

TracyC

  • Joined Aug 2016
Re: Poached sacrifice field
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2017, 10:47:37 am »
We don't have machinery as such.....it'll be manual so we'll have to be inventive.  It's a very small area though, 1/3 acre so doable.  Roll on Spring!

 

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