A paddock has two primary meanings in different parts of the English-speaking world. In the USA and UK, a paddock is a small enclosure used to keep horses. It provides an area for exercise and is often situated near the stables. Larger paddocks may have grass maintained in them, but many are dirt or a similar natural surface. In those cases drainage and a top layer of sand are often used to keep a suitable surface in the paddock.
In New Zealand and Australia, however, a paddock is a field of grassland of any size, especially for keeping sheep or cattle. It is normally fenced and defined by its natural boundaries, or is otherwise considered distinct. In that part of the world, a "Back Paddock" is a smaller field that is situated away from the farm house; possibly land of lesser quality.
- Clarkson, Neil (18 October 2012). "Building a horse-riding arena: Thinking outside the rectangle". horsetalk.co.nz. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
- definition of 'B-1', part of Australia Decoded at artistwd.com
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