Muddy paddocks, field entry points and feeding areas are a real problem
The problem is that there are simply areas in an equestrian centre or farm that are more trafficked than others. Such as field entry points, grassed pathways or feeding areas. In times of inclement weather the areas in question get very muddy providing health worries and even loss of grants for farmers.
Mud fever (equine pastern dermatitis).
Essentially the condition is the result of disruption to the skin which then allows bacteria into the skin to set up an infection. Disruption of the skin is most commonly due to the maceration (over wetting) of the skin. The lesions that develop can range from scales and crusts on the legs through to painful, thickening and inflammation with large scabs.
You have to keep your farmland in good agricultural and environmental condition (GAEC) as part of Cross Compliance requirements – failure to meet GAEC standards may result in a reduction to your payment. So, what is the answer?
Ecogrid have a fantastic range to stop this problem occurring in the first place in the form of reinforcing the affected areas with permeable, non slip grids that sit on the grassed area and through which the grass grows naturally. The E40 and S50 grid can be laid directly on the area which has been levelled and then the grids are filled with a 70:30 mix of organic topsoil and seed.
The most effective method of solving the problem is, of course to prepare the ground properly first, lay a reinforced drainage layer, laying s50 grids which are the most flexible and forgiving, fill the grids with the same mix and then wait for the grass to grow. This method will ensure that your mud worries will be a thing of the past.