View Full Version : Footing in Outdoor Arena

Dec. 9, 2010, 08:44 PM
I am currently boarding at a wonderful barn, my horse has never looked this good and he seems very happy there. I love the barn and the care my horse gets.

There is only one drawback...the arena footing is horrible!

It is way deep, especially now after all the heavy rain we've had. My horse struggles to get through it :cry:

He is only 3 years old and although I only ride once or twice a week, I don't want to ruin his legs!! Are there any ways I could improve the footing? (Without it costing a ton?)

The other problem is that I am pretty much the only person riding, so they don't really drag it, ever. I know that would improve it a lot, but I feel like I'm nagging! (I board for free, so I'm trying to make myself an asset, not a nuisance :sadsmile: )

Dec. 9, 2010, 08:52 PM
Can you drag the ring and, with the permission of the owner, move some of the deep footing to the side? The deep footing will probably eventually settle, but for now, it might help to store some of the footing on the side of the ring. Of course, as soon as the base layer is frozen solidly, you may wish you had all of that deep footing.

Dec. 10, 2010, 12:33 AM
I can try that. They don't like other people using the tractor (I think, I asked once if they wanted me to just drag the arena and keep it up but they said the tractor was too tricky and I didn't want to push).
But I can take my fourwheeler (ATV) over there and use that.

They also dump the manure in there though, so stuff is constantly added.

At least it won't freeze, here in sunny California ;)

Dec. 10, 2010, 11:07 AM
They dump manure in the arena???

Dec. 10, 2010, 01:44 PM
Yes, in one corner. Next to the roundpen, that is also in the arena. So it is in a spot where I don't ride, but when they do drag it they drag the manure into the arena...