hello everyone! i’m new here and this is my first post, so bear with me if i do something stupid (i hope i’ve got forum etiquette). i’ve spent considerable hours scanning this forum for answers to my other questions, but i don’t think i’ve seen a topic really related to what i am about to ask (if one exists, please direct me!).
i have a 10 acre property that will soon have a small barn. of course, with a barn comes paddocks. the plots we have picked out have good general drainage - we’ve observed the rainwater drainage for the 4 years we’ve been here and feel confident about the location of barn & paddocks.
i think we have the fencing picked out alright, but my concern is more general - the footing. this land has never been used for animals before, although all around us are cows and other folks have pasture horses. my show horse (plus a companion horse) will be coming home once this barn is up and running, and his current pasture is very flat and very even, with thinner grass, while my paddock has some bumps and unevenness and thick grass used for cattle hay. i wouldn’t say ruts, and there are no obvious dangerous holes, but it’s not what you would call perfectly level, and the large clumps of grass roots are concerning.
i am worried about the horses running and stumbling. i can’t tell if i’m being paranoid (which i am quite prone to), or if this is a legitimate concern. i know this is probably hard to answer without knowing the true degree of unevenness, but i just wanted to ask somewhere. i plan to cut the grass regularly to make sure the terrain is as visible as possible, but i still worry. like i said, people in surrounding areas have horses and similar ground and they are all okay, but you know - my horse is my darling and i want to start things off right. he doesn’t run crazy on a regular basis, but once in a while he does, so the unevenness worries me. i don’t know if i’m trying to coddle him too much, or if he would adapt, or if this is a true issue.
the point of all that: should the paddock uneveness worry me? if yes, how can i go about making due with what i have? is the only solution to till it all up, smooth it out and wait for grass to grow back?