(Not complaining).  California is wet, really wet.  The ground is saturated.  Standing water is everywhere.   The sky is grey.  The ground is muddy.  Really muddy.

However, we also have a lot of green!  Green grass.

And red.  Red panels.

So, I went to work.


First off, I gave Wrigley the aisle between his pasture and Annie’s.

Here he is at the top of his new paddock. I put together red panels and attached them to the fences on either side. I also cut off across with the grey panel, so Finn and BG could graze.

Dodger and Norma seemed upset that others were allowed to graze in new panel pastures… They like that all for themselves.

Wrigley, always excitable, spent some time running his new paddock, which tore up the wet earth. WRIGLEY! As you can see, the gate was open into his paddock so he could get comfort and water. (In the background are Annie and Missy Miss – in the back 5 acres.)

Gwen was allowed in front of her paddock, which connects where Wrigley is and Finn/BG.

This is BG. She is outside her paddock and in front of Wrigley’s.

Mo likes Wrigley, so he hung out near Wrig’s new paddock.

Here you can see Finn and BG grazing in front of Wrigley’s new paddock. I spent lots of time grooming Wrigley at this time – the clouds were coming in again and I wanted to clean him up.

Here they all are together. Wrig, Gwen, Finn and BG.

I felt badly for Dodger and Norma, even though they had been eating green grass all week – in small doses. So, I opened up the alley between their paddock and the paddock next door. Dodger was very happy.



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  1. dawndi Post author

    Bonjour! Well, the cost depends. I have lightweight, grey panels that I use and prefer – which are not too costly. But Lowe’s had a sale on the heavier red ones, so I have more of those. If your horses are considerate of fencing, get the lighter kind. Since I am opening up an area that has grass, my horses tend to not even think about pushing on the panels since they want to eat. And, I don’t have the horses out overnight – just during the day when I can watch. But I know the paneling is used often for round pens, so I think the heavier kind is very sturdy and is often used as actual fencing. Anyway, my suggestion: if your horses respect fencing, get the lighter weight. But, if they fight over fencing or push on fencing, get the heavier kind. Once you have panels, you will think of a million uses…

  2. Linda Laddin

    I love your blog and find it very helpful. I have 5 rescue horses and 2 rescue donkeys here in Normandy, France, where there is A LOT of mud in winter! I’m always looking for new ways to manage the pastures and the horses, especially in this season. I love your red panel fencing. It’s quite expensive in France but I’m considering getting some anyway. Are the panels easy to move around and to connect to others? I’m not young and can’t manage things that are too heavy or unwieldy,

    Thanks for any advice/info you can share. Keep up the good work with the bucket fund. I donate when I can.

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