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post #1 of 7 Old 11-09-2012, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Arena ground hard in areas

I haven't been on here in AGES!

Anyways, I moved back to an old race barn and they have an indoor arena. The thing is the ground is so hard in areas I am thinking about asking them if they can rack it( all the arena dirt slowly goes to the edge of the walls. I don't want to actually work my horse ultra hard because of the ground.

Has anyone dealt with this? How can I bring it up? The barn is SUPER laid back but I don't want them to think I'm being demanding but I don't want to run my horse on hard ground everyday. I can see once in awhile but I plan on riding everyday especially since I have a bigger arena and my trainer is close by.

Any suggestions on how to bring it up?
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-09-2012, 05:24 PM
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Hmmm, I've never quite been in that situation, so I'm not sure what to tell you.

You could always ask an "innocent" question such as "How often do you typically work the ground in the arena?" to at least try to get the conversation started.

Or are there any other barrel racers at your barn? If so, a few of you could do together to the BO and explain that it is safest to have some real "ground" for your horses to dig into. And offer to work the ground for the BO, if they show you how.
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post #3 of 7 Old 11-09-2012, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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They have an arena rake I believe and a tractor. I'm the only actual person that does barrel racing. There is another girl who is interested but she doesn't ride enough. I will ask them this weekend and I will do it. I will turn the dirt up too if they have a rototiller...if not an arena rake would still work really well. I just don't want my horses tendons and ligaments going bad.
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Just ask. I would start it saying "Do you mind if I till up the arena if the ground gets a little tore up? My barrel horse ya know...She can really dig in."
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post #5 of 7 Old 11-12-2012, 11:08 AM
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I'd go with SH's plan...that also makes you sound responsible:)

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post #6 of 7 Old 11-12-2012, 11:38 AM
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Yikes. Footing is one of the first things I check out with a potential barn, personally. Especially important with speed events that torque the legs, like jumping and barrel racing.
Generally speaking, I've found that people that don't keep the footing harrowed and raked well, won't start doing so just because one person asked them to - it's time-consuming work... so I would suggest that you offer to do it yourself if anything, that way you're not complaining every week/two weeks/month when the footing gets awful and bugging them to do it again.


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post #7 of 7 Old 11-12-2012, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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JDI,


There are not many boarding areas in my town....this is one of few barns that actually have an indoor arena so I consider myself lucky on that part. I haven't had time to talk to them but will.
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