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post #1 of 27 Old 11-04-2010, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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Question Arena dust control

Hi all - new to the forums.

Looking for suggestions to keep dust down in our indoor arena. Of course we water it, but it needs to be done 2+ times a week and it's becoming a pain in the butt! There are some products out there that are supposed to help the soil retain moisture (Arenaclear, Arena Dust-B-Gone etc). Has anyone used these products? What do YOU do to keep dust down and minimize watering?

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post #2 of 27 Old 11-04-2010, 03:23 PM
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First of all, welcome to the forum! :)

My trainer uses some type of oil-based arena conditioner that works really well in her indoor...she doesn't have to water it any more. It's not too greasy and doesn't affect footing...there is absolutely no dust now. I don't know what type it is, although I can ask her next time I go over there for a lesson.

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post #3 of 27 Old 11-04-2010, 03:54 PM
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Sprinkler system, run it about twice a day until the arena is watered down. Not sopping wet, but moist. Or you could stand their and hose it down yourself, but that would take a much longer time.

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post #4 of 27 Old 11-04-2010, 04:49 PM
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We use calcium chloride.
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post #5 of 27 Old 11-05-2010, 07:46 AM
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get a surface that doesnt need watering! they are available!

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Sprinkler system, run it about twice a day until the arena is watered down. Not sopping wet, but moist. Or you could stand their and hose it down yourself, but that would take a much longer time.

They are tough to design for a ring and not end up with wet spots and dry spots. Add that the OP is in Canada so it would have to be a system that is easily drained completely.
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post #7 of 27 Old 11-05-2010, 08:43 AM
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Just use a hose and a regular sprinkler. Place it in the center of the arena and turn it on for a while and then move it around.

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post #8 of 27 Old 11-05-2010, 08:50 AM
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A friend also has something like Calcium Chloride-that may be it, just not sure. It is harmless to the hooves, but absorbs the moisture out of the air. Seems to work ok...would work better if she raked the arena more. It seems to have wet and dry spots, but is a vast improvement over anything else I have seen.

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post #9 of 27 Old 11-05-2010, 08:58 AM
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The barn i get lessons at used to be awful dusty they got a new surface with bits of rubber etc in it and a roof sprinkler system that covers the whole arena its on timer for a daily 5min watering

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post #10 of 27 Old 11-05-2010, 11:23 AM
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I'm also looking for something to solve the dust problem where I board. Where do you buy stuff like Calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, etc... Also, that oil sounds like it works good.

Someone just point me in the right direction!

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