Sand/Clay Arena mixture for jumping?

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    08-04-2011, 02:01 AM
Sand/Clay Arena mixture for jumping?

Hello there!

I'm moving to a new barn that's a bit closer to me, and where my vet lives 1 street away! I'm very, very excited.

The BO is just a dear and he cares about the horses like no other. I have no doubt my horse will be in fantastic hands there.

The only thing that caught my attention, and I wasn't sure about, is that he has clay and sand mixed in his arenas. What are your opinions for jumping and flat on clay? I once heard in the movie Sylvester, "She needs to quit jumping on the clay; it'll ruin his legs!".... wasn't sure if this was legit.

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    08-04-2011, 05:24 AM
Clay?? Well I once rode in a clay arena, and my horse did not like it.
But sand is another story he is magnificent in them!
    08-05-2011, 04:17 PM
A boarding barn near me, has clay footing underneath the sand, and it's really not good.

The sand gives to easily. So, when it rains, and if you go out to ride, the sand will be dry and safe, but the clay will still be wet, so it forms big deep hoofprints. Several horses have mistepped and gone completely down, stepping into one of those prints. You can't see them at all because of the sand, and it's really quite dangerous.

Sand, I really don't like either, since you loose all of it too quickly, and it's absrasive.

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