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What type of arena footing?

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  • Lucassb
    I was going to suggest a fiber mix over your current set up. I had something similar - M10 over clay - when we moved in and after we did some expansion of the arena, we put in a top layer and it's lovely to ride on. You may want to get some quotes just to see if it will work for you; I was pleasantly surprised that it was not as expensive as I had expected.

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  • Bluey
    The real fine sand properly watered is a great footing for most we may do with horses.
    If overwatered, it tends to pack and pancake.
    If not watered enough, it can become dusty.
    That sand is better for indoors, where the wind won't be drying it and blowing it away so easily.

    That is what we have in our covered arena.
    Several weeks ago we had a whole day of terrible winds, steady over 50 and gusting to 101 at times.
    We lost some of that sand, about two truckloads worth, even with protection low down, that just was not enough in that kind of wind.
    It is easy to replace, but unnecessary extra expense and work.
    I can't imagine what those winds would have done to that footing in an outside arena, unless it has solid sides several feet up and even then, it would leave some sand drifts behind.

    We hurried to overwater it and that stopped the blowing, but you can't water enough if the wind blows like that long enough.

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  • pluvinel
    I vote for angular sand.

    I have ridden in an indoor with fancy (and expensive) fiber footing. The owner kept bragging it cost $75k. Every time after I finished riding, my face was coated with a thin film of some grit....even when well watered.

    I would not go for fiber footing. My experience got me wondering about the health effects of these little fibers floating around. If they were on my face, I figured I had breathed them in.

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  • mmeqcenter
    I like washed concrete sand. A lot of people use masonry sand.

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