Fixing arena footing -- deep on short sides/corners
I'm at a small private barn with a ring that's a bit bigger than a small dressage arena. (I'm terrible with eyeballing measurements but it's at least 20m across, that much I know.)
It's sand footing, no rocks, and is quite good when it's the right depth -- usually on the long sides and in the middle. I've noticed that it tends to get deep on the short sides and especially in the corners, and I want to try and fix this so it's a bit more even all around.
We have a chain-linky type regular arena drag (I don't know the exact terminology). I'm wondering if the way I drag the ring is the reason why it's deep -- I usually go counter-clockwise (on the left rein ) up the side, down the middle, then up the same side but in closer to the center, then down the next "long" middle, etc.
Any suggestions? Should I try and rake the deeper footing toward the center of the ring, then drag it again? Or do I need to drag it in a different method? Thanks!
I'll use the tractor bucket to pull it out of the corners than drag and water.
Ditto this, and do it by setting the point of the bucket in the corner and backing up while dragging.
You might also be piling the sand on the short side/corners when you do the short turns with your drag - you are moving it sideways. For a long skinny arena, better to start a circle at one end and do adjacent circles until you get to the other end, so no very short radius turns. This is really important it anyone has a fixed drag, like a TR3, which does fling footing sideways on turns.
Yes, I've definitely noticed the "flinging" effect from this drag -- also could be my rudimentary tractor handling skillz. Using the bucket seems like a much better idea than attempting to throw my back out by raking it.
I think we have one of those fixed claw-like drags in the back of the barn somewhere... I'm wondering if using that to drag footing towards the center might help as well.