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Way too much rain
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RichZ    Posted 08-12-2003 at 05:43:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Here in upstate New York, we've just been getting WAY too much rain. It's rained at least part of everyday for a week, and sometimes it's practically been a monsoon!! I feel like we must be in Florida (Sorry, Cindi!!)!!

Our horse paddock has gotten beyond mud, it's now like mud soup!!! You sink down at least six inches in goop. When the horses walk through the paddock on their way to the barn from the pasture, you can hear the sucking sound of them pulling their hooves out of the goop. It's so bad, that they try to stay in the pasture as long as they can, until the bugs are bad enough for them to put up with walking through the goop to get inside.

We have two adult goats (one pygmy and one angora) that live with the horses, and they won't even leave the barn. They periodically look out at all the mud soup and cry.

Luckily our baby Nubian goats, that will be the core of our milking herd are on the other side of the barn where the drainage is better. So at leat they can go outside in their pen.

If this keeps up, I'll have to switch from growing hay to growing rice!!!

Aprille    Posted 08-12-2003 at 16:49:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can you build anything to drain all that crap cuz it can't be good for the animals...I was a flat-lander for better than 25 years so ya gotta excuse what might seem like ignorance on my part..I don't own outdoor animals yet but in relating to animals the way I do I would not want to be shlupping thru poo poo soup!! I wrong here??My honey always teases me about how I complain about the goat smell at our neighbours up noth' and how I would keep the barn clean..he laughes at me and reminds me that animals smell and that's just how it is!! I think I would be running around after them with a bucket ..some wetwipes and a friggin SQUIGGIE!!

RichZ    Posted 08-13-2003 at 05:40:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You're right Aprille, it's NOT good for the animals. But we've never had rain like this in the three years that we've owned our farm. Normally the drainage isn't too bad, but the soil just can't absorb anymore water, and our paddock is flat, as it's supposed to be, so it becomes a lake of mud when you get two solid weeks of rain. Next spring, I'll put several lines of drainage tile in the paddock, but I can't do anything now. I did put some plywood out in the worst areas, the horses soon figured out to use these bridges over the goop.

Willy-N    Posted 08-12-2003 at 09:59:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hearing that makes me feel better with our real dry area. We got a sprinkle yesterday and it was kind of neat walking around in it allmost getting my hair wet. A few hours later you could not tell it had rained except the dust was off everything. Mark H.

Cindi    Posted 08-12-2003 at 09:22:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, yep, yep, I can relate. There is no going out now without knee high mud boots.

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