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Sharron W.

Dear Debbie,

My horses are turned out every day on what has become a dry lot. Needless to say, the spring rains are creating a lake. I plan to have fill brought in to raise the level of the area, but I am not sure what type of fill I should use. Do I need to lay in a stone layer first? I also use this area for riding and schooling, so the footing has to be just right. Any help would sure be appreciated. Sharon

Sharron W.

Hi Sharon,

Thank you for your email. My first thought is to contact a local stone and dirt company and ask them for their best suggestions. They will know what will drain the best in your area. It sounds like you need to raise the level of the area or put drainage tile in the pasture. By checking with your local company, they can give you an estimate for the best choice and price.

Once you have the base done, you should ask about a faceted sand that will hold up to the schooling you will be doing in that area. You will want to ask what mix of dirt (for the top layer) you should use for your method of riding (sandy, possible for western, packing for jumping, etc.). If I can offer any help along the way, feel free to email me.

Debbie

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