Did you know that riding arena footing eventually wears out
and needs to be replaced? Through normal use and weather, footing materials
eventually break down. Look for these signs to see if your footing needs to be
-If the base of your arena is starting to show through, it
means the top layer has broken down and is too thin. More material should be
-If puddles form and remain in your arena, it means that the
drainage isn’t what it used to be. You may need to re-grade the footing so that
water doesn’t accumulate after it rains.
-Overly dusty footing may need to be replaced. As the
material breaks down over time, it forms smaller and smaller particles which
get kicked up into the air as horses work on it, turning your arena into a dust
cloud. Frequent watering can help this problem, but at some point the footing
will need to be replaced.
-If you can hear your horse’s footfalls distinctly, your
footing either needs to be dragged so that it’s more even, or more material
needs to be added.
-And lastly, if the sub-surface of your arena starts to
develop a depressed ‘track’ along the rail where horses work most often, it
probably needs to be re-graded.
Contact a Pennsylvania equestrian footing professional to
upgrade your arena footing as needed, and you’ll have a safe, quality riding
surface for years to come.