One thing I have realised is that keeping a track system involves regular adjustment to the track, some tweaks and some major works. It has been fortuitous to have the winter grazing for Ben and Rosie over the past couple of months as the disruption to the paddock and the track has increased again.
The building to the side is the new extension to our house which means no paddock fence at present. There will be a fence, new gate, the service road which was put in for the builders will remain and lead to the yard and there will be a path up to a new ‘pedestrian entrance’ to the yard. So no more climbing up a slippery slope, over a wooden fence, negotiating an electric fence before reaching the yard. The water pipe will also be buried in the hope of preventing freezing.
I have taken advantage of the digger that has been on the premises over the last week.
Rock (never a shortage here) has been brought up to the trees and leveled and pea gravel has been spread on top.
Now when they are eating from those big haynets instead of sinking into mud, Ben and Rosie will be standing on pea gravel and hopefully polishing their hooves. I suspect they will roll a lot here too. The muddiest part of the track has also been scraped right back.
Pea gravel has also gone into my picadero, I look forward to seeing how well this works.
Despite the natural advantage of a lot of rock here, some very muddy areas develop which need to be kept under control. While I do not mind the ponies walking through a muddy section of the track, I do need to be able to push a wheelbarrow along, which had become impossible in the last few months. Also when I started the track, I was very keen that hay would be distributed around the track to encourage movement. This has only been possible on dry days and therefore those large haynets have been useful under the shelter of the trees. However I think I have relied on those haynets too much and when Ben and Rosie return I intend to be more proactive about distributing hay around the track when the weather permits.