Blue Heron Farm Paddock Paradise

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Blue Heron Farm : 

Blue Heron Farm Paddock Paradise

This Tour is of the Brook/Arena Pasture Paddock Paradise(to the right in the map below). We will begin at the far left near the run-in shed (yellow rectangle). : 

This Tour is of the Brook/Arena Pasture Paddock Paradise(to the right in the map below). We will begin at the far left near the run-in shed (yellow rectangle).

Looking from near the run-in shed towards the Arena Pasture. It’s not usually this grassy—I seeded one year and kept the horses off it. Usually it’s scrubby, as in the following pictures. : 

Looking from near the run-in shed towards the Arena Pasture. It’s not usually this grassy—I seeded one year and kept the horses off it. Usually it’s scrubby, as in the following pictures.

The first Small Mesh Hay Net, hung on a tree in the Brook Pasture. The horses have to eat slowly, which is better for them, and it saves hay, which is better for ME! Destiny caught on fast. : 

The first Small Mesh Hay Net, hung on a tree in the Brook Pasture. The horses have to eat slowly, which is better for them, and it saves hay, which is better for ME! Destiny caught on fast.

Towards the end of the Brook Pasture, the horses can go through the small gate to the right side of the pic or they can cross the creek through the center gate. We’re crossing the creek. : 

Towards the end of the Brook Pasture, the horses can go through the small gate to the right side of the pic or they can cross the creek through the center gate. We’re crossing the creek.

Crossing through the gate and into the creek to the “Island.” : 

Crossing through the gate and into the creek to the “Island.”

Here is the “Island.” It’s not really an island, but it feels like one, surrounded as it is on 3 sides by the creek. : 

Here is the “Island.” It’s not really an island, but it feels like one, surrounded as it is on 3 sides by the creek.

Here I have turned around, looking back towards the Brook Pasture to the horses, who are following me. : 

Here I have turned around, looking back towards the Brook Pasture to the horses, who are following me.

Here are the stones I use for minerals. I’ll be putting up weather-proof mineral stations eventually. : 

Here are the stones I use for minerals. I’ll be putting up weather-proof mineral stations eventually.

Turning around again to greet the horses. : 

Turning around again to greet the horses.

Another shot of the island, looking across the creek towards the Arena Pasture. : 

Another shot of the island, looking across the creek towards the Arena Pasture.

Second Small Mesh Hay Net station, on the Island just before crossing over to the Arena Pasture. : 

Second Small Mesh Hay Net station, on the Island just before crossing over to the Arena Pasture.

Des trying out the second small mesh hay net. : 

Des trying out the second small mesh hay net.

Crossing the creek to the Arena Pasture. Cliff on the left. : 

Crossing the creek to the Arena Pasture. Cliff on the left.

This is the area to the right of the Arena itself. Although the arena is not fenced, the horses usually stay outside it, searching for the sparse grass. : 

This is the area to the right of the Arena itself. Although the arena is not fenced, the horses usually stay outside it, searching for the sparse grass.

And they love to roll in the sandy arena footing! : 

And they love to roll in the sandy arena footing!

This is the 3rd hay net location, above the arena, and the gate to the road. Just to the right of the gate you can see a smaller gate, which leads to the Chute back to the Brook Pasture. : 

This is the 3rd hay net location, above the arena, and the gate to the road. Just to the right of the gate you can see a smaller gate, which leads to the Chute back to the Brook Pasture.

The Chute goes along the road from the Arena to the Brook Pasture. It’s only about 5-6 feet wide at this point. Eventually I want to put pea gravel here. : 

The Chute goes along the road from the Arena to the Brook Pasture. It’s only about 5-6 feet wide at this point. Eventually I want to put pea gravel here.

The bottom of the Chute, where it comes out at the Brook Pasture. You can see the run-in shed in the distance. : 

The bottom of the Chute, where it comes out at the Brook Pasture. You can see the run-in shed in the distance.

And here we are, back in the Brook Pasture. This is what the grass usually looks like! I hope to get a little more ground cover next year, now that I have the Woodlot Paddock Paradise for wintertime. : 

And here we are, back in the Brook Pasture. This is what the grass usually looks like! I hope to get a little more ground cover next year, now that I have the Woodlot Paddock Paradise for wintertime.

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