View Full Version : How much salt needed to keep ring from freezing?

Dec. 16, 2010, 09:06 PM
Just wondering. My ring is fairly small, about 60 x 80. I would probably use Mg, since it seems safer. Assuming that we mostly stay above 20 F. Thanks!

Dec. 16, 2010, 11:29 PM
I spread 25-50 lbs bags of MgCl in my 60 x 150 indoor and that will last about 6 months.

Dec. 17, 2010, 07:07 AM
Yikes! That's what I was afraid of!

Dec. 17, 2010, 10:54 AM
Yikes! That's what I was afraid of!

I love the stuff--no dust, no watering, the footing stays so much nicer. If I didn't have MgCl down I'd be watering 3 times/week and that would be freezing and unlevel.

You could probably get by with 12 bags.

Dec. 18, 2010, 10:06 PM
I did my arena the first time with CaCl and used 12 bags. My arena is 60' x 120'. I did it the 2nd yr with about 10 bags of CaCl. I didn't do anything for about 3 -5 yrs and then used Pure Salt from John Deere which is a combination of Mg and Potassium Cl for salting roadways. I haven't done my arena in about 2-3 yrs and didn't even water it at all last winter or this so far. Also I leave my 3 large arena doors (W, S and N) open all summer and the sand and rubber do not dry out.

While it might seem expensive at first, after a couple of yrs you should be in good shape. Just spread it well, drag it to mix and water well the first yr.