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post #1 of 4 Old 05-27-2012, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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best footing for arenas?

I am going to be managing a farm soon and was wondering what everyone suggests for arena footing? Right now they have two big arenas, a 160x80 indoor and a 300x130 outdoor. Therefore, it would be expensive to do both but all they have now is old sand. Re outdoor is so packed and so hard I don't know if dragging it is going to help much. It definitely is going to need added to.

My only concern is finding something that would be good for a variety of people. I heard that sand isn't good for reining and there are a lot of reiners in the area. Does anyone have a good all around suggestion?

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post #2 of 4 Old 05-27-2012, 03:35 PM
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The barn I use has an indoor and 2 outdoors. In the indoor, they brought in a bunch of beach sand. There's NO dust, it's wonderful!

THe 2 outdoors have regular sand. It drains fairly well and doesn't get all mucky and turn into mud.

The 2 arenas that I barrel race at, both use sand as well.

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[QUOTE=Sonnyx12;1519158] Therefore, it would be expensive to do both but all they have now is old sand. Re outdoor is so packed and so hard I don't know if dragging it is going to help much. It definitely is going to need added to.

Hee hee All sand is old! No, if there's already sand there, it sounds like it'd be much cheaper to just break it up. You don't have to have expensive equipment. A small tractor will do. Box blade with ripper (scarifier) teeth is fine, and will not only loosen up the material, but level it too. Chisel plow works too. I can go down a hard-packed gravel road with my 26 hp tractor and rip the gravel up with a box blade. There's likely somebody closeby that has a tractor and box blade. I'd bet you could find someone to do the job for a reasonable price. Guys love to drive tractors.

If you have sand hauled, this will give you an idea. I put 4 loads of sand in mine @ 7 tons per load. It's a small arena and 4 loads spread is 4 inches deep sand

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post #4 of 4 Old 05-28-2012, 10:42 AM
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Personally, I love a rubber surface. You see a massive difference in shoe wear, it's very kind on oldies' joints, great for jumping on and is (almost) a pleasure to fall off onto. I've ridden on both pure rubber and rubber-sand mix schools, and both I feel are better than sand, although rubber is better (although more expensive).

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