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    02-10-2013, 09:24 PM
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*Tell me about footing*

Ok, since coming to Canada from NZ I have become an arena rider! I have just moved my horse from one barn to another. The footing at my old barn was shallow and considered 'fast' in reining terms. The footing at my new arena is deeper. I was told today that I can slide in it (yay! I was under the impression that the base wasn't good for sliding.....apparently its fine!) and when I rode my horse in the deeper footing today he moved out so nicely and didn't feel all shuffely and awkward.

Can someone please elaborate on the differences and benefits/cons to riding in each type of footing, deep vs. shallow. Because so far I am liking this deeper footing!!
     
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    02-10-2013, 09:32 PM
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Trained
Hopefully someone will elaborate on different types of footing put down because this is an area where I'm no expert except "Yeah, Looks good to run in."

Generally if the footing is deeper there is a little more cushion and more for the horse to dig in to than the shallower. On harder, shallower ground the horse doesn't have a lot of cushion and puts more strain on them.

However, it's preference of the horse too. Selena HATES deep footing. She's so little it's hard for her to get out of it and really run through it. She prefers shallower (but not slick) footing as opposed to the deep. Ruger on the other hand likes deep better.
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    02-10-2013, 10:11 PM
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Trained
I really can't elaborate much either but here is my opinion based on my experience...

The places that I had worked(on the west coast) had a base of decomposed granite laid and packed. Then a layer of about 4 inches of washed sand. The washed sand doesn't have a whole lot of dust, will not break down as fast to create dust(or slick mud when very wet) and it is easier to push through when sliding. Maintaining was so very important, the teeth always at the correct height to fluff the sand but not rip the base and so on.

In TX I dealt with with more rodeo arenas. Usually a clay and sand mix. Too much clay and it is either too slick or sticky depending on the moisture content. Too much sand and it can be hard to run in and cause strain. A clay base can be used for a half-assed reining arena if it is packed and smoothed correctly then sand fluffed over the top. But I think the DG to be the best base.
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    02-10-2013, 10:22 PM
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Trained
I prefer a coarse sand and peat mix. Enough cushion but the sand is heavier that it doesn't wash away or blow away. I have used this mix for 20 years for everyday riding, works great.
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    02-10-2013, 10:40 PM
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Yearling
Psssh... How about black rock and sagebrush!! And a little round pen with six inches of blow sand! Anyways, I'm not much of an arena rider, so I can't elaborate much. But I am subbing!
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    02-11-2013, 09:24 AM
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Well what I'm finding is he 'moves' in this deeper footing, he stretches and feels very nice. I've been told that I will need to put different sliders on him, plus he is a shallow slider, I was also told that initially my horse will feel like he can't slide in the deeper footing, and that it will actually help him really suck his butt under and slide deep.
     
    02-11-2013, 09:56 AM
  #7
Foal
I think as far as depth of footing it's a fine line....You can have a very dangerous situation with footing that is too deep, severe tendon/ligament strains!! The same can be said for too shallow footing, too hard, too harsh on their joints!
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    02-11-2013, 12:34 PM
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Trained
It really depends on the discipline. Ideal footing for dressage will go no deeper than up to half a hoof. My all time favorite footing for dressage is the all weather sand felt mix. The horses stay entirely on top of the footing and it does not shift or move, even on the landing or takeoff side of a fence.
This is why multi discipline barns don't work, because the footing you are describing, MG, I would not even unload my horses from the trailer if that was the footing at a dressage show facility.
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    02-11-2013, 12:54 PM
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Yearling
Subbing!!!

My lesson barn outside uses a pretty deep rubber footing mix outside, mulch for the jump course, and some sort of sand/dirt mix for the indoor.
     
    02-11-2013, 01:44 PM
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
It really depends on the discipline. Ideal footing for dressage will go no deeper than up to half a hoof. My all time favorite footing for dressage is the all weather sand felt mix. The horses stay entirely on top of the footing and it does not shift or move, even on the landing or takeoff side of a fence.
This is why multi discipline barns don't work, because the footing you are describing, MG, I would not even unload my horses from the trailer if that was the footing at a dressage show facility.
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Yeah it's more cowhorse footing but it's not powdery and deep, it has some weight to it.....does that make sense?? It's not shin deep for sure, it's deep but he doesn't sink into it like straight sand or something real fine. It's like a cushion even.......

Forgot to add, they do reined cowhorse and cutting....
     

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