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    • 1 Post By SweetRide

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        05-11-2013, 06:32 PM
    Green Broke

    Do you guys think that 100x120 ft arena is a good sized arena for a barrel racing set up? Also for poles? My dad just told me that he is going to get the panels next weekend for the arena that he is going to make:) that's going to be the size of it. Sooo I hope that that is fine:).. Also said that he is going to dig up the dirt and also put sand in it.. Is that a good idea? He wants really good footing for the horses... any input on what we would want to put in the dirt? Is sand a bad or good idea? Thanks:)
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        05-12-2013, 03:10 AM
    I'm pretty number dyslexic so I couldn't tell you about the size. I don't know what our arena is.

    As for footing I like a dirt/sand mix, but lots of arenas will do just dirt or just sand. Personal preference.
        05-12-2013, 10:06 AM
    Green Broke
    That sounds like a reasonable size for an arena for barrels/poles.

    As far as the ground, that is personal preference. I personally like more dirt than sand. (maybe 2/3 dirt 1/3 sand, or 3/4 dirt 1/4 sand) The sand is helpful to keep things from getting so muddy, but too much sand makes it too "slippery" in my opinion.

    Just make sure to have a DEEP enough layer, and the footing isn't too shallow.
        05-16-2013, 08:41 PM
    I am curious as well about the arena size we currently have. I am just getting back into riding again. I want to try barrels, something I used to love. All of the online specs say that you will need around that area of space. Lucky girl! I wish my pops could have given me a gift like a riding arena!
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