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| * Michelle's paddock paradise journey |
Here is my first "draft" of what I might do with the tracking. The green squares are where hay might go, blue circles where the water goes (I would like one of each set up and planned for in the dry lot, for if I need to keep horses in there for some reason or another). The red lines are the perimeter fencing already in place, yellow lines my tracking to add. The plan is to go SW from the dry lot, go into the woods, trail around, peek back out for appx 150 ft, duck back in for a bit, then follow the perimeter fencing the rest of the way around. I'd like a hay station in the woods wherever it makes sense and fits, then another on the other side at some point. Not sure how many stations I will end up with, but these are my first thoughts. The second water station is close to where I think I'm going to install my no-freeze spigot. The white splotch near the dry lot water is the "barn" (just one small stall, they should have plenty of shade and weather protection in the woods though...). I am going to put in a circle driveway and trailer "parking" just below the fencing to the right of the perimeter water station. If I had to estimate, the fenced in area is probably about 3 acres, maybe slightly less (the plot is 4 acres in total). The last time I was at the house, I walked what the tracking should do, and I was very pleased! I think it will be a really nice and somewhat interesting tracking system =) Suggestions are welcome though!
Aloha everyone! I'm so excited to finally get to share my layout with you - it is of course an ongoing experiment and a grand adventure.
The track is mostly red clay, just over 1/4 mile around, and includes a gentle grade, several large shade trees, a lightly forested area in the back of the orchard, and numerous dust baths. We are fortunate in our unusually dry micro-climate here on the north shore of Kaua'i - the wettest place on Earth! When the weather gets really wet, the herd spends more time on pasture or in the playground. I have yet to add the pea gravel, and I am eagerly looking ahead to the day my boys are self-trimming! The loafing area/yard is part of the track with full access for the horses, I just didn't want to block out the whole area on this diagram. Otherwise the track is as drawn, and it works beautifully.
I will note, however, that just building a track is not enough to encourage movement - the feeders must be strategically placed all the way round. If the feed is concentrated in just one or two areas, the herd's mileage is significantly reduced! I have four geldings currently on the track, with two more who just arrived yesterday but are separated for quarantine and soundness-assessment before challenging them with a new herd integration.
Please visit my website www.Equiloha.com for more info and to see the video of my track and slow feeders on my Natural Boarding page - I will add it when I can.
Here is an updated drawing of my PP for my one horse Frankie and his goat Emma. The entire property is on five acres of mostly wooded land (red box), this includes the house (white box). The green is the existing pasture area some of which yields very little grass. The brown area is the dry lot paddock with water, round bale and 10X12 run-in. The tan line is the track through the woods with two slow feeders (more to come). The green lines are trails for riding.
This is the first stage of our paddock paradise layout on our property in South Australia. I am stilling toying with slow feeder designs, so we are just dropping small hay piles around the tracks at the moment. We have been lucky enough to have an existing limestone track to incorporate as a hardcore area, and loads of mature trees in the center of the paddocks. As it is, this encourages movement as once one horse has travelled around a corner, the other cannot then see them, and move to catch up and find them. I hear lots of calling-out and pounding hoof-beats coming from the track!
New property I purchased, the three stages I had planned for the property. The one on the left is the property as I purchased it. The middle was my immediate first plans, the right my final plans. As with all good intentions, things have changed already. More details under the Florida page.
The latest layout plan by SpottedTApps. Video tour on the Spotted T Apps page
| Wallowa's PP Plan: The future water crossing is south of the round pen near the water tub in the left dry lot. This would connect the two fields without using the berm for the ditch.|
Bearcat's Track discussion
4-acre Alabama plan.
Blue lines are the fences that were here when we moved in.
Red shows the first inner track fence. Stella, Jewel, and Ally are currently living on just the track around the red line.
Purple will be track fencing doubling as a riding ring.
Green is future perimeter fence.
Yellow is possible future track fencing that will connect the front paddocks. Also, a gate across the driveway to enclose the yard.
160 acres in Colorado
Blue Heron Farm in Middle Tennessee. Lots of info at the
Tennessee PP page.
Five acres in New York: I have found 12 feet to be the best width along this turnout track for my three horses.
20 feet was much too wide for generating spontaneous movement, but parts of it work well at 15 feet wide.
Their camping zones are 20 - 30 feet wide. ~JoAnn Johnson
Wildridge Farm: Final plan for 13 acres in central TN. See how the plan developed here.
The lot to the right is about 2.8 acres, the one to the left about 3.2 acres. Unfortunately we don't own the forest in between (I'd love to though!), so my two PP's are not connected.
I have slow hayfeeders (boxes with grids as well as haynets) in most of the paddocks and in the 'cut' corners.
Track length of the left lot is about 430 mtr and of the right lot about 530 mtr.
Suggested single-track plan (by SpottedTApps)
suggested two-track plan (by SpottedTApps)
|Nose-It.com 10acre testing facility in CO Joanie and her 10 babies--Nose-It! testers-love to frolick in the pond and hide under the newly built gazebos....Sure wish we had more acreage. Greener pastures would be nice too.|
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|waymire||Please read and give feedback, track design in attachments||6||Mar 28 2012, 12:42 PM EDT by SpottedTApps|
Thread started: Dec 13 2011, 7:52 AM EST Watch
I hope this is the right way to do this.. it is labelled "Waymire track".
After our recent feeding crises, (for those of you who have not read my previous posts we have a very diverse herd that was not doing well eating only hay on the track, the fatties were obese and the skinnies were starving, plus we have a serious hay shortage so I simply cannot get enough to support them on hay alone) I decided to start feeding them safechoice (the lowest nsc feed I can buy in my area) individually in stalls twice a day, it was the only way I could get the right amount of feed into each horse. Initially I was still spreading their hay out, but found that the TWH was still not getting enough feed, and my arthritic gelding was not eating enough of the hay, so I resorted to giving them both the feed and hay in their stalls and putting the TWH back on chops. This solved the feeding problem and everyone is looking good..... except now nobody is doing anything except standing in their stalls or taking a short walk to the water trough. There is no grass to eat, no hay to find, tummies are full, and they are all stall potatoes. Plus they are without feed for too long. So my solution at this point is to still feed in stalls, still give the two problem eaters their fiber, but put the rest of the hay out. I drew up a diagram of a plan for more tracks, I apologize in advance it is a bit rough... but will give you a good idea of what I am thinking. Would some of you be so kind as to take a look and see if you notice any problems? I would really like some feedback before I put up yet another track, and have to tear it down again, this will be the fourth version for me. Thanks bunches.
|LeelaNH||Leela NH Proposed Paddock Paradise (see pic in attachment section)||2||Apr 12 2011, 2:16 PM EDT by LeelaNH|
Thread started: Apr 12 2011, 2:15 AM EDT Watch
Would love some feedback on my proposed PP. The track will encircle approximately 9 acres and go into the woods in two areas, one is a well defined track that has a good incline (in the back of property) I am unsure if I want to have a large open area on the steep hillside, but I think they will enjoy running up the hill to a feeding station. It's mostly low scrubby brush. Herd of 4 horses (2 pairs), unsure if they will be turned out on track together, may have to build two tracks if they don't get along. Thanks! Leela
|tangledmanes||So, if you were choosing wire for a perimeter fence...||0||Mar 27 2011, 10:41 AM EDT by tangledmanes|
Thread started: Mar 27 2011, 10:41 AM EDT Watch
Do you have a preferred type of horse fence to go along the property line? I want to stay away from field fencing (although I was almost persuaded by the zinc/aluminum stuff at TSC) because the point is to have my horses as close to the outside fence as possible to maximize their area on our four acres. I will probably run a line of electric along the inside top, but with field fencing I wouldn't be comfortable unless I actually put a t-post line of two strands of electric at least four feet inside the perimeter fence as the outer PP barrier, which would actually waste a lot of area as well as increase expenses in buying more t-posts and electric rope. So, even though woven horse fence is more expensive than woven field fence, I consider not having to run a whole extra fence to be sort of a "coupon" on doing the right thing. ;-)
Now the question is which horse fence to choose. We've got a budget of about $2k for about 1700 feet of fence line. My dream wire fence is the no-climb V-mesh (like at KY Horse Park), but that's probably not in the budget and might be overkill anyway. TSC has the Redbrand woven horse fence with 2"x4" holes for $249 per 200 feet. That's about $2,250 for the wire, before the posts. Over budget but probably tolerable, so maybe the best we can afford.
What I want to know is: Is there another brand I should look for instead of the TSC Redbrand option? What do you think about the colored options (green, black)? How about this stuff? http://www.bekaertfence.com/products/zahorsefence.html
I had been planning on just running electric fence as the perimeter fence, but with a new baby and dogs that need containing as well as the horses (not to mention keeping foxes away from the chickens), I really want a more solid option. And it has to be horse friendly!
Please help me out here. :-) I could really use some outside perspective.
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posted by waymire Dec 13 2011, 7:35 AM EST
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posted by EddiesMum May 1 2011, 8:23 AM EDT
Google Earth map of our PP
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posted by LeelaNH Apr 12 2011, 2:12 AM EDT
Leela NH Proposed Paddock Paradise
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posted by Equemily Nov 29 2010, 4:40 PM EST
Great Strides PP Vision - 11-29-10 - ideas/improvements, anyone?
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posted by MNdani Dec 20 2009, 12:54 PM EST
This is just one of my ideas on how to get the "big track" built
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