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    10-04-2012, 07:12 AM
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Foal
Arena footing

Hi all,

About 7 months ago I had 20 tons of mason sand hauled in for my indoor arena sized 170x70. We have kept it maintained well (watering, dragging etc). This past week I have noticed that the sand seems 'packed' down so much despite me also raking it last week. I do not consider it heavily used. On average I would guess 3 hours per day and maybe 3 horses, some days more, some days less. I feel like this is WAY too soon to need to replace footing, but this is also my first arena. Any suggestions? Would I just add sand to it or do I need to re-foot completely? This has just really caught me off guard and need to start setting money aside to make changes if necessary.

To describe further, it seems as if there isnt much 'fluff' to it. Any help is greatly appreciated!
     
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    10-04-2012, 11:24 AM
  #2
Showing
By raking, are you referring to harrows? I use the old style steel harrows with rigid fingers and plop a tire on top. This is pulled with a quad. If you've had a lot of rain lately the packing can be a result of ground moisture. In the fall a friends indoor gets like concrete then loosens in hot dry weather.
     
    10-04-2012, 11:56 AM
  #3
Trained
You can put weight on your harrows, or you might need a tractor and a proper groomer. Your other option, depending on what discipline you are doing, is to mix in some rubber chunks, shavings or even a very small amount of mulch. This is generally better for English and bad for reiners or cutters etc.
If you are doing high level jumpers or dressage you could splurge and do the engineered fabric footing.

Sometimes its possible to find used footing additives as well. But good luck and yes a big rock or barrel of rocks or other heavy objects on your harrows will increase the digging power.
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    10-04-2012, 09:53 PM
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Foal
Yes, I have a rake harrow, Im just disappointed in the sand. Mine works with the hydraulic lift on the back of my tractor so I may have to get creative considering adding weight. Perhaps I should also consider the rubber chunks. Just not financially prepared to mess with it too much as I never dreamed it would already need attention. Thanks so much!
     
    10-06-2012, 02:50 PM
  #5
Started
20 ton might seem like alot but it's a fraction of what you need. If you spread 20 ton over the 11,900 sq feet of the arena, you only end up with 3/8 inch depth. To add one inch, you need 54 ton. One ton of sand covers 220 sq feet one inch.
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