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Horse Arena and Footing

Horse arenas and their related footing are an important part of any horse facility. Riders spend a lot of time in the ring practicing new skills in the saddle, bonding with groundwork, and getting ready for horse shows. And if a farm owner is lucky, he or she will have an indoor arena (if living in a state with bad weather), along with outdoor arenas. They foundation of any great horse arena is obviously the footing. Determining the perfect foundation for the disciplines being ridden on the farm and maintaining that foundation is key to keeping horses sounds and healthy.

Just like humans, horses can grow tired of certain situations and develop a sour attitude toward a repetitive job. Nothing is more frustrating than a horse that acts up only in the show ring, giving the impression that he...
When it still feels like fall to you, your horses know better! And they start putting on their winter coats in response to the diminishing hours of daylight, whether there is a chill in the air, and this winter...
When University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment graduate student Staci McGill set out to learn more about the air quality of indoor horse arenas last year, she was surprised to discover there wasn’t any existing research...

Arena Lighting

Having a great new arena is a dream come true, and being able to use it at night is a bonus. But you need to put as much thought into lighting the arena as you did planning it. Michael...
Sand is the most common arena footing used throughout the United States and is a good shock absorber. The best sand for a riding arena is usually hard, cleaned and screened, and of medium coarseness. Cleaned means silt and...
You’ve spent time and money clearing, grading and bringing in materials. Your dream has come true: You’ve built a riding arena in your own backyard. Now comes the maintenance ...Your beautiful arena won’t stay that way without ongoing upkeep,...
The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) in Washington, D.C., presents a challenge that few other competitions face. Each year, this prestigious, year-end hunter/jumper show must be built from scratch inside a major city's sports arena. With this comes the...
A Textile Riding Hall by equitent_horseexperts - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 de  Maintaining your new arena is important if you want to get the most out of it for your horse’s performance and to create safe footing. George Chatigny...
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