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How To Keep Horse Paddocks Dry

What’s going on buddy? Get it! Get it Zeus, alright let’s go ok, little bit
of Zeus action there, this guy won’t leave my side, he must think I have food on me or
something, ok so, very busy a lot of things going on, it’s another construction type of
video. We do get some requests, hey, thanks for asking
for stuff, anybody has any questions or anything like that let me know and I’ll see if I can
answer it see if we have come across the problem or not. When we expanded this back area, we did put
some forethought into it but not enough, when it rained like crazy not too long ago and
we discovered that we don’t have enough drainage so, back here we made a plan to cut off the
water before it could get to the paddock, hey big guy, you can see here we’ve dug a
trench in front of the paddock and this trench leads to the other trench which is just on
the other side of the paddock. The paddock itself is graded so it goes backwards
and a little to the left instead of to the right because I want to keep the water off
of the other side I sort of want a crown in the middle here and that way the water can
go to the ditch on that side and the water on this side can theoretically go that way
but we’re going to divert it right down the middle here and send it on into the forest. Look at this forest, really nice day today
so back to our drainage here, thinking about drainage is so important, I’ll put a couple
of links below talking about drainage, it’s so important here on the west coast, these
guys still still manage to get their feet around these things ok drainage here in the
west coast so important because it rains so much and we get so much rain so much precipitation
we have to manage the water, if not the horses are standing in mud you don’t want the horses
standing in mud so, we are doing this, we have a line in front that’ll cut off the water
going in the paddock in this direction, it then veers off that way instead of going further
that way and so yeah, not a big thing that requires long discussion on but definitely
I sort of want to put these videos out there to help people become more aware of how to
keep water out of paddocks and the best way to keep paddocks dry is to not let water,
I’m just kicking the manure off of the rocks because we haven’t quite finished this yet,
we’ve got to build a little wall to stop this from happening, will you go do something else,
we have got to stop the water from getting to the paddock before, otherwise you’ll never
keep them dry, it’s just impossible. Everybody is so antsy this morning, who wants
out? I do, I do, alright I’m going to let these
guys play shortly in the arena even though they have piles of, look at the size of forest
this guy has, you know, you’d think he’d be just, he’s got a lot of energy which is great,
I love horses with a lot of energy, definitely better than those dull ones, ok back on topic,
oh it’s a squirrel! so we’ve got one more pipe coming in, well there goes the dog, one
more pipe coming from this drainage area here and let’s see, this comes from the pond is
up there, right, the drainage comes down here, well sort of drainage, there is a pipe that
comes here and so I’ll actually show you guys that in an overlay to understand how we piped
our property here. We’re kind of lucky because it grades this
way and the whole property comes this way so it naturally falls and has the water fall
this way. So it comes through here, we’re going to go
into a six inch pipe which I will put something over so it doesn’t fill up with leaves and
needles from the trees and plug up so a little screen will go on top of that so it’s covered,
this six inch pipe is not perforated, but the other pipe is because it’s sitting inside
of drainage rock. So the drainage rock, the actual, the ditch
that lives here is what carries the water, you put in drainage rock so there is a better
chance of it lasting longer when silt sand and dirt kind of get in there and then the
pipe is the next major component being that it is totally hollow, right, obviously and
it is not rock but the rock surrounds it and the perforations which are at the bottom there,
there’s one on each side, when the water fills up in the ditch enough with all this drainage
rock in, it filters into the pipe and the pipe carries it away down the way down to
the end and down that way, off it goes that way to there and there and this one will slightly
go that way and will go off the other side of the paddock we’ll deal with that over the
next year a little bit better. This one just goes to here, it pools here
because it goes from six to four and I can’t be bothered to tee it, it’s just not worth
it to me to do that here, so the six inch is not perforated, I don’t need it to be perforated
but I need the other one, because it’s not a ditch it’s a sort of a thoroughway it’s
a way for water to continue on from it’s ditch area, which we might even might pipe that
as well actually and then we’ll have more area to have horses in, anyway, or walk or
drive the gator, so that’s the deal, you must stop the water before it gets there, make
a ditch put drainage rock because it’s it allows water to get through it unlike sand
or crusher dust, well sand isn’t actually too bad if it’s not that river stuff and then
pipe and this should carry off this water just fine so it should not go into the paddock
anymore which means the paddock only has to manage what the paddock gets, being that it’s
graded it should just go off, so drainage for horses as we’ve learned it as we’ve built
it, the mistakes that we’ve made here and then you’ve got to make modifications you
adjust the plan. If you’ve ever done something and you said
well, this is the best way I could ever do it, in my opinion I think maybe you could
use another look maybe by another set of eyes with different experience, you can always
learn from other people but you can do pretty good so sometimes it doesn’t have to be perfect
but it can be pretty darn good and effective and works just like our drainage that comes
down here, so hopefully that helps somebody a little bit, talking about drainage, there’s
always something that you can kind of do, the most effective way if you’re finding that
your paddocks are full of water, it’s likely because you haven’t stopped the water from
getting to it and the best way to do it is pipe drainage ditch, drainage ditch and drainage
rock, the recipe for success for dealing with water, Zeus ready to go up? here comes the
dog, just following me everywhere today. Ok, so we’re going to get back to things here
and hopefully that’s helped and we’ll see you guys again soon. Well it’s getting a little bit cooler out
here now, got to finish up the drainage out back and the driveway here, see where the
rest of the day takes me but it’s starting to get cloudy again as well, I think we’re
going to get rain tomorrow, whatever, we had a good few days here we actually had record
temperatures on the weekend which was nice, I think I might check out the sky a bit with
the drone maybe it looks kind of nice, a bit of sun peaking through
the clouds, so that was pretty neat, we’re going to get rain soon, let’s head to the
back and check out the last, oh, there’s the dog, Zeus go! Zeus! Come on buddy, he’s going to pull a muscle
doing that stuff, he’s kind of old, ok coming to the back almost finished up here, keeping
paddocks clean and dry is the topic and almost finished here, it’s really good, coming along
we’ve got our drainage ditch dug pipe in and lots of rocks, that’s it, that big rock is
there to hold the pipe down while we fill in over top all the drainage rock, this drainage
rock will allow the water to clear out and as I said there’s a pipe coming across from
the big ditch, it goes to the pipe here and goes that way and then some will come this
way, hi Josie, you guys aren’t digging much on the edge, it’s nice, gotta do poop. Ok a few more wheelbarrows of rocks and that’s
it, so that sort of ends this section of video for keeping paddocks dry, hopefully you guys
have got a bit out of that, move on to the next thing. Hi Josie..


  1. Fluffy Pink Unicorn Author

    Just a suggestion, but whenever your laying pipe like you have, and you knock off for lunch or for the evening, etc., you should cover/block the open end(s) of the exposed pipe so that you don’t accidentally get a critter trapped inside. Rabbits, raccoons, mice, rats, barn cats, and even small dogs can get themselves stuck in there and then you’re stuck digging all your hard work up again to get them out or accidentally drowning/killing them because they’re so deep into the piping you can’t hear them. Blocking the entrance also keeps leaves and other such material from blowing into the pipes which can block the holes.

  2. Virginia Moss Author

    Won't the corner tree holding the fencing eventually die if you cut off the roots on three-quarters of the sides for the drainage ditch?


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