My fatty pony is in the dry lot until the grass dies, and I need management ideas for the pee spot.
Where the hay net is, the loose bits fall on the ground, and he pees on them. Exclusively. Despite my scraping it daily, it becomes a gross pee-mud hole with rotten hay bits stuck in it that never dries. And I don’t like him standing in it. I plan to put all-weather footing in before winter, but for now it’s dirt. Now, I can probably configure a feeder that keeps most of the hay off the ground, but I have a feeling he’s still going to pee in front of the hay, and I can’t change the net hanging spot because the rest of the fence is electric. I would love to convince him to pee elsewhere, but I don’t see how I can do that. He has designated separate pooping and sleeping areas well away from the pee-mud.
So, what can I do in the meantime? Sand? Or would that just end up mixing up with the mud and make a mess? Rock? At least then he wouldn’t be standing directly on the pee-mud-hay. Other ideas welcome!