Put an End to Your Mud Troubles Once and for All
Lighthoof's flexible plastic equine mud management panels support your paddock and gate area footing so that you can be mud-free. Forever.
Lighthoof Equine Mud Management Panel
Deep mud on horse farms is created when horse's hooves press down on soft, wet ground. High traffic areas such as gates, fence lines, and smaller paddocks get damaged quickly by hoof pressure and overgrazing prevents grass roots from holding the earth in place.
Even areas that have gravel or bark on top of the dirt will turn into mud after some time because of the extreme pressure and downward action of the hooves.
Plus, horses add 50 pounds of manure every day to the paddock surface that holds moisture and creates even more mud if it is not easily removed.
The ground needs help to stay strong.
Lighthoof equine mud management panels provide the structure and stability that your paddock footing needs to support your horse.
That's where Lighthoof comes in.
Lighthoof is made up of flexible, High Density Polyethylene strips that confine gravel in a series of 3" deep interconnecting cells. This limits the displacement of footing from the downward action of the hooves, and holds it in place. Lighthoof protects your paddock footing against erosive forces such as heavy rainfall and runoff, creating a solid, even surface.
Lighthoof Does These Key Things
- Gives tree-root-like structure to your paddock base
- Prevents erosion or mixing of the paddock footing
- Raises your horse 3+ inches above the muddy ground
- Protects and preserves your gravel investment
- Creates a safe and easy to maintain surface
Fits Your Farm Like a Glove
Because Lighthoof panels are flexible and can be trimmed to fit with scissors, it's not such a huge ordeal to create mud-free areas on your farm. You can install them around current structures and fence lines without major excavation or equipment.
I installed my Lighthoof panels in front of my new run in shelter, about 9 months ago. I am super happy with it. Have been recommending it to everyone, esp. the boarding barns with high traffic.
My two mares have 3/4 acre to run around in, but have spent 95% of their time on the gravel pad. This means that 95% of the manure and urine end up on the Lighthoof as well, yet there are no smelly or wet areas.
It is very easy to clean the surface of the crushed rock. Overall, it was very easy for me and my young assistant to install in one day.
Dr. Sarah Jane Owens DVM MRCVS
Simple and Brilliant
Lighthoof's patented mud management solution works by holidng gravel in place in flexible 3" deep cells. The cells support the gravel and the gravel supports your horse.
Ready for a One and Done Solution?
We know adding Lighthoof to your property is an investment. After spending thousands of dollars on loose gravel, bark, and other temporary solutions most horse owners are ready to give up and move somewhere drier.
So you can believe how happy we were to see the long lasting and low maintenance results we achieved with our own personal Lighthoof installations.
If you are adding new material every year or doing constant digging of drainage to keep water out of vrucial areas in your horse paddocks, installing Lighthoof will take a huge burden off your future farm budget and labor.
At Red Fern Stables, horses have 24/7 access to paddocks off of their stalls. We'd tried several other solutions to keep these areas pristine year-round for our client's horses and found that we were having to invest more money each season to prevent mud issues. We chose Lighthoof because we wanted a permanent solution that would provide the horses with a safe and clean outdoor living area without us having to redo the footing year after year.
Lars Knudsen, Owner - Red Fern Stables
For something that can hold up a horse, it's pretty darn easy to install...
Installing Lighthoof is as simple as laying it on the ground and filling it with compacted gravel. Learn more about how to finesse the grade and protect the edges by watching our installation video and reviewing our pro tips. We will send you everything you need to become an expert.
Don't want to DIY? We have installers across the country who can do it for you, or hire your own contractor and we will train them.
Free Shipping Anywhere in the Continental US
Horses need Lighthoof all over this fine country. In case you're not where we are, we make it easy by offering free shipping right to your farm. If you and your horses are abroad, we have options for you as well, contact us for help.
I LOVE my horse’s mud-free gate area! My horse, Jobim, enjoys his acre of beautiful grass turnout at the lovely River Run Ranch year-round, but our NW rainy season can last from October to June, rendering the front 10 feet where he has to walk through his gate everyday a muddy, slippery mosh pit. I installed an 8’ x 21’ section of Lighthoof Equine paddock base panels in January, literally in the rain, over existing deep mud and muck in a single afternoon. Truly, if I could do it with the help of one friend, anyone can! It covers the highest traffic area-his entrance and exit path near the gate, and it remained blissfully dry through our wet winter into the soggy spring. I would recommend this product to anyone wanting a safe, affordable, and easy to maintain solution to equine mud problems.
Mary Frizzell at River Run Ranch
Important information about Lighthoof. You will also receive a planning kit and installation video with your order.
|Weight:||32 pounds each|
|Dimensions/Coverage:||6′ wide x 12′ long (expanded), 72 square feet per panel|
|Cell Aperture:||Approx. 5-7″ wide|
|Gravel Usage:||1-2 yards per panel (only use angular crushed rock)|
|Shipping Dimensions:||Approx. 18″ wide by 4′ long|
|Material:||Flexible High Density Polyethylene|
Lighthoof Equine Mud Management Panel
Q: How large are the panels?
A: The panels are 6’ wide by 12’ long when expanded. Each panel covers 72 square feet.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Each Lighthoof panel costs $199 and comes with 40 Envirolock connectors for joining adjacent panels to each other. That works out to about $2.76 per square foot.
Q: How much does shipping cost?
A: Shipping is FREE anywhere in the continental US on any quantity of Lighthoof panels! Contact us for prices on shipping to other countries and regions.
Q: Where can I buy these locally?
A: Check our local retailer listings to see if a feed store near you stocks Lighthoof.
Q: Can I install them myself?
A: Yes! Lighthoof panels are simple to install and most sizes of projects can be completed without any heavy equipment or serious earthmoving. Watch our installation video to learn more.
Q: I don’t want to install it myself. Do you have installers that can install it for me?
A: Lighthoof works with contractors all over the country who can provide Lighthoof installation for you. Find an Installer near you, or let us know if you have a favorite builder or landscaper and we can train them to install Lighthoof for free. No contractor near you? Contact us and we will help you find someone qualified to do the job and train them on installing Lighthoof.
Q: I’d like to sell Lighthoof. Can I become a distributor?
A: We have several great ways that you can make money and help horses get out of the mud. Check out our Ambassador Program which lets you easily earn commissions from your referrals without having to buy or sell any product, or ask us about stocking Lighthoof at your retail store or becoming a Lighthoof installer.
Q: Can they be driven on with a truck or tractor?
A: Yes! Once the panels are filled with gravel and compacted, they can be driven on by any size vehicle.
Q: How much and what type of gravel do I need?
A: Each LIGHTHOOF™ panel uses 1-2 yards of gravel. That’s significantly less gravel than a hard plastic grid/tile installation! We strongly recommend a ⅜”-½” minus or similar angular crushed rock with fines for the most stable installation. A pea gravel or rounded drain rock doesn’t firm up well. You can put any material over the top as footing once you’ve filled and compacted the cells.
Q: Do I have to remove the mud first?
A: No! The LIGHTHOOF™ panels can lie right over your existing mud with a layer of geotextile fabric underneath. You may prefer installing in summer to avoid sinking in while you are working. But, if needed, you can install over your existing wet mud. The system will settle a bit as it compresses the mud, so plan to end up a few inches lower overall in the end.
We finished our Lighthoof installation and it looks beautiful! I was able to install by myself, I did it over existing ankle deep mud and my sloping ramp has held all the gravel in place for three months now.
I am very impressed that even the gravel above the panels is staying in place. Also my horses love it so much they don’t leave it!
Carrie Miller, owner - Miller Farm Sporthorses
Once you’ve opened the installation instructions, you can use the file menu to save the instructions to your hard drive or print them to use in the field.