Only 1 month ago, 75sqm of Mud Control slabs were delivered. I was very impressed how quickly they arrived and the pallets were left nearly in a nearby gateway. I had to transport them from to the field just a short distance, but fortunately my small trailer did the perfect job.
The design of the slabs is brilliantly simple, they are light enough to move but heavy enough to be stable. Made from recycled plastic, they claim to float in water but don’t sink in mud. Now I have had a few sink on me, but the ground underneath was not level. None of the other slabs have moved and they have had large vehicles on them.
Laying them down wasn’t too difficult, but we did need a pic axe to lift them when slotting in and a trowel for digging out stones and excess mud. In total it took 2 days to lay all of the slabs. Each slab interlocks with the next, you can lay them down in a uniform way as we did in the large area pictured below, or staggered as we did in the gateway. I have found that on the uniform area, the slabs have moved more than those which are staggered, but the ground of the large feed area is not perfectly level.
Gateway & Cabling
I was very keen to also lay the slabs in a gateway. Relying on electric fencing, I needed to run a cable under the ground, so that the fencing would work on all sides, including the arena paddock, when when all the gates were open.
How we did it, was to dig a trench, roughly 1/3m deep, added some gravel, ran the insulated cable, covered in more stones, topped with earth and finished off with a layer of slabs. I feel much better knowing that even in the mud, the horses won’t disturb the cable.
As you can see in the photo below, the constant rain from the past month, has left us with a very muddy field indeed. The slabs need a weekly clean, which now we have the haybell isn’t nearly as much work. This week was 4 barrows and about 45mins-1hr. Daily management would be helpful, but the weather was so dreadful that I just waited until another nice day. You can also see here that the mud around the slabs is full of water. It’s almost knee deep. I’m so happy the horses have some hard standing, it may not be 100% dry but they are out of the mud.
Creating small pathways for myself to get around the edge of the field and to the other gateways and much heap has been a life saver! To have paved the whole track would have cost 1,000’s. However, this little track around cost about 700 and I can move it if I need to and take it with me when we eventually move.
I put down sand and stones in the drinking area and and areas I couldn’t connect the slabs.
The slabs have done everything they promised and more. The horses walk about on them without issue, the minis choose to walk on the slabs. I think the larger ones would if I put down 2 or 3 rows rather than a single.
I was most impressed that the tractor delivered my hay, driving over a corner of the slabs, they did not sink under the weight and they did not move at all! Even the farmer couldn’t believe it.
Thanks to Mud Control we are surviving the mud and I can even go in the field, walking on the slabs in my jodhpur boots!
I’m very impressed with the slabs, the total cost was just short of 2k (Euros) including delivery, but the cost to have moved 5 horses to livery would have been much higher and they would not have kept their freedom, so for this they are priceless.
I’d highly recommend Mud Control slabs for any yard, equestrian or otherwise. I’m planning next to order enough to make a small lunging pen (we’ll put sand on that one of course!)