During the course of a season your horse paddock will take a lot of wear and tear. In wetter years paddocks can be come particularly badly damaged. This is is likely to include a great deal of poaching. Poaching, in this instance, refers to the break down of soil due to heavy, frequent traffic. The result of this is muddy gate ways and fence lines. In more serious cases entire fields can be absent of grazing due to extensive poaching. Repairing a horse paddock for the first time can seem difficult but this brief guide will offer some tips and pointers to ensure best results.
Leveling the Horse Paddock
The first task when it comes to repairing a horse paddock and getting it ready for reseeding is to get it level. This is important for two reasons. Firstly, and most importantly, a level horse paddock will reduce the chance of injury to horses and ponies by tripping in ruts or holes. Secondly, should the paddock be cut for hay having a level base will reduce damage to cutting and turning equipment. We recommend using a strong harrow in a cross hatching direction. This helps ensure the paddock will be leveled and avoids soil simply being pulled from one end of the paddock to the other.
Once Level Let it Settle
Once the entire paddock has been leveled it is important to let it settle. This will allow you to spot any hollows or areas you may have missed while harrowing. Paddocks should be allowed to rest for at least a few day.
Sowing New Paddock Grass Seed
Once the paddock has been allowed to settle new grass seed may be applied. It is recommended that the grass seed be broadcast onto the the bare soil and then rolled. Rolling further consolidates the soil and also presses the seed into the soil. This surrounds the new grass seed with adequate soil moisture and will help to speed up germination.