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post #1 of 3 Old 06-26-2012, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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I love riding in sand!

We just finished building our pool, and had some sand left over. My dad was talking about getting sand for my round pen for a while now, so we dumped what was left into my round pen. It didn't fill the whole thing, maybe about 1/4th of it (it's a 45') but it was enough for me to ride in.

So, I hopped on Skippy bareback and we rode through the sand for about 15 minutes, just because we could lol. But, during that time I noticed how different it was from the hard clay. I don't know if it was because the sand was higher than the ground so he was stepping weird walking around the pen, but when Skips walked on the clay I could feel how hard the ground, and how soft the sand was... He was so much more comfortable to ride in sand, so much "softer and lighter"...

I am hooked, I love riding in sand! Maybe it's because it has been about 5 years since I rode in sand, or maybe it's all in my head, but I can't wait to fill the whole thing to the brim with it. When we pick up the extra panels we bough on CL, my dad said it would take about 20 yards of sand to fill the round pen, so it will be quite a while until I have it done because sand here is expensive (not like Long Island where some parts of our backyard were sand, along with 95% of the barn) but it's a start!

Plus, you can make awesome sand castles while being 5+ hrs away from the beach!

Does anybody else love sand? Or am I just going crazy?
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post #2 of 3 Old 06-26-2012, 10:28 PM
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Yes, sand is in my arena, needs more though, drains better when it rains.
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post #3 of 3 Old 06-27-2012, 12:10 AM
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Definitely the harder the ground is, the more hollow and hard a horse is! Soft footing allows them full flexation of all their joints, muscles and supporting ligaments and tendons. They are able to move better and prefer it much more! Imagine jumping or running on concrete vs sand... You'd limit much of your mechanics to avoid painful jolting rather than digging those toes in and really reaching in your stride. Now carry a rider with many whims on that concrete!

I was never more excited or relieved to get our 8 tandem semi loads into our 110x120 arena! Cost us about $1600. Living where we do, Drainage is so insane that it is almost a waste to build a base, especially for a recreational arena such as ours.
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