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Jul. 18, 2011, 05:00 AM
Any ideas how I can keep my outdoor arena dust free?

Indiana summers are super hot and we've had barely any rain.
We currently use a sprinkler and it takes forever. It covers a very small radius and must be moved several times. As soon as you move it, the other area dries and becomes concrete. Water wagons are nice but not in the budget.
What could I do that's cheap, time efficient and effective?

Jul. 18, 2011, 12:14 PM
Can't say it would be cheap, but my friends use a water reel sprinkler on their ring (http://www.waterreels.com/RidingArenas.ivnu has some info). They run it at night, work the ring in the morning, and ring is rideable most of the day. Arena is 100'x200' and sand footing. Of course, I'm in the PNW, so we don't get a lot of heat.

Go Fish
Jul. 18, 2011, 02:29 PM
Having spent a lot of time in Texas as a youth, I can relate to dusty arenas.

You have to prevent evaporation. Water the arena at dusk or early morning. Drag the arena, then water again. You have to put moisture into the sand, not just the surface where it will evaporate quickly in the sun/heat. If you put water deeper into the footing, you won't have to water as often, either.

The type of sand you have, how deep it is and how long it's been down without adding any new sand, will also make a difference.