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post #21 of 27 Old 11-17-2011, 09:49 AM
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Well when you're dealing w temps in of -30...any amount of water anywhere freezes pretty much instantaneously.
So watering an arena in mid winter wouldn't be productive at all.

We installed all our heat trace tapes on our outside water lines by ourselves. As long as you have basic knowledge of electrical and plumbing...it isnt that hard. And it wouldn't work in winter anyway, as the moisture on the outside of the sprinkler head it self would freeze up, as there is no way to protect that from exposure....thats another reason why using it in winter wouldnt be ideal in cold temperatures.

I know 3 other barns that have sprinkler systems in thier arenas, and they have never had issues with them bursting or cracking from any water left in the lines.......and yes I know they don't drain them specifically or blow the lines out, as I asked.
We were thinking of adding a sprinkler system to our arena, but when I found out the cost, and the cost of having the calcium put down, I decided for the latter....
As w the calcium its a one shot deal, opposed to w water you'll be doing it several times a year.

We do it late fall....that way it has its best effect over winter (which yes makes the footing dry) and then we are good till the following fall.
We may have to water it once during the summer, but usually not as we ride outside in summer for the most part.
If they are mounted to naturally drain out the system then yes, they wont freeze. Something that comes naturally to those living in colder climates. That is likely how those barns you mentioned installed their systems.

If it isn't built to drain they'll freeze solid and burst, something your more likely to see in climates where it doesn't freeze enough for people to think about it. Or when someone moves from warmer climates to colder and haven't learned lifes little lessons yet.
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post #22 of 27 Old 11-19-2011, 04:52 PM
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Just a quick thing to think about if using an oil based additive in the soil--is the layer under the footing permeable and is there a water table or a well nearby? Wouldn't want to be poisoning ourselves or the horses.
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post #23 of 27 Old 11-19-2011, 05:26 PM
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Thanks to everyone for their input. I think I am going to try Calcium Chloride, just need to figure out where to get it from around here. We can still water with a garden sprinkler in the winter, but it's just a pain in the butt and would love to avoid it as much as possible!

We would loooove an overhead sprinkler system somewhere down the line but we aren't ready for that yet.

Thanks again everyone!
Any feed store or dealer can order it for you if they don't already stock it.

I'm in Wisconsin & the only time I've seen overhead sprinkler systems used the barn/arena was heated. The same with automatic waters.
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post #24 of 27 Old 11-25-2011, 04:15 PM
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Light horse down in the morning would work.



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post #25 of 27 Old 11-29-2011, 04:36 PM
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we harrow our arenas, works great
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post #26 of 27 Old 12-06-2011, 05:35 PM
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RE: Arena Dust Control

We have many customers that are very happy using our ArenaClear concentrated dust control solution. It is the cheapest option out there and drastically reduces the amount of watering needed. It doesn't smell like oil and costs just about $0.02 / sqft.

It is also compatible with crumb rubber, which will break down in contact with oil and other petroleum based products.

See: Horse Arena Dust Control
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here is a solutions provider I came to know about.. am not pretty much sure if they provide solutions only for road construction and runways. Maybe you confirm with them website: Soil solutions

Also, they seem to have entered global market; which is good. You may meet them in person.
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