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    02-13-2012, 10:01 PM
What is everybody using for their arena footing?

I'm still trying to figure out if I'm ready to take the plunge and buy a TR-3 rake, (price quote = they wanted HOW MUCH??!!) and I was wondering what others were using to maintain their arenas? I'm not totally sold on the TR-3, and I'm hoping there is a better solution out there that is not quite so pricey....
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    02-15-2012, 09:06 PM
We use an Arena Werks and pull it with a 38 horse tractor. I think we paid about $1000.00, used for it. Hope this helps.
    02-15-2012, 09:56 PM
Is that the one with the 'rotating harrow'? (for lack of a better word for it) I had looked at those, but my arena gets packed pretty quickly (it's outdoors). Do you ever run into a problem with the arena becoming too packed to break up with your rake?
    02-15-2012, 10:09 PM
The trainers that I have worked for had a spring tooth harrow with a smooth drag on the back.

It was more important to how deep you set the harrow as compared to anything else. If you set it too shallow for too many days in a row then it seemed the footing packed and shallowed. But if you set it too deep then it ripped up the base. I imagine it might depend on the material you are using for your base and footing as well.

When it was going to rain, because it was an outdoor pen, I smoothed it with a box scraper to float it to keep from loosing material and to help it drain off so it could be used soon than if it wasn't floated.
    02-15-2012, 11:08 PM
In the past I'd bust everything up with a disc, then rake it out and call it good. However, this year I'm tossing around the idea of doing it right and hiring a dozer to push everything back, and put in a new base. If I go that route, then I definitely can't maintain it with a disc / harrow combo.

My trainer got lucky, he bought a dragmaster at 1/2 price!
    02-15-2012, 11:10 PM
Chain harrow, old, bought it years ago.
    02-18-2012, 04:28 PM
Yes, it is yellow in color. Our riding area is outside and roughly an acre in size, the footing is native northeast Florida sand over a natural hardpan base. This never gets hard and I only drop the drag to work the ground about 4 inches and I'll go longwise and shortwise across the arena to eliminate uncomfortable ridges (to my feet, anyway). If the ground has sat for a while I'll do circles, doing a 1/3 strip at a time- this will make it soft and fluffy. Also, I only drag if there is adequate moisture in the ground, otherwise it blows away and I get filthy. It is real nice to have great ground at home but that is not always the case at horse shows so it behooves me to haul to my trainer, a friends or even a show facilty occasionally to school my horse, so he knows how to stop in different gound.
    02-18-2012, 08:03 PM
I use the arena rascal. Its like a downsized tr3. I love it. It grads as well. The only difference with the arena rascal and the tr3 is that the rascal is a manual machine. You attach it to your atv or gator and drag it where the tr3 is hydrolic. It is also half the price of the tr3. I paid 2500. For mine.

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