Pete had previously dug out the pipe. We have a system in place for excess pen water accumulation. The larger enclosure is on a slope-the effluent runs downhill (sometimes as fast as it can go) into a pit or spillway. From there it enters a plastic pipe, where it spills out the driveway, and eventually out onto the road.
On a good year, I remove water from the spillway, using buckets. This is then set aside, and later added to compost. This is not a good year. Right now there’s a five foot berm on top of the spillway. Water is apparently running underneath.
Key to all this is being obsessive about pen cleaning. I kept up with this aspect of horse and property ownership this winter. So right now, the footing in the two pens and larger enclosure is slightly slushy. However, the horses are not up to their ankles in manure and other soft stuff.
I know that the accumulation of excess manure will be slightly, and also gum up the works. Yes, this is a lot of work, and probably more so because horse space is so limited. The alternative is to part with the horses. The thought of this is what motivates me to get out there and do what needs to be done.
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