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Common Footing Problems We See

By September 28th, 2021No Comments

Is something “wrong” with your footing and you aren’t sure where to start? Sand qualities, moisture, and maintenance are main contributors to footing problems.

We’ve narrowed down four common problems and what you might consider for improvements.

Too deep or too soft

Rounded sand particles roll under the hoof, especially when they’re all the same size. Textiles also lose their effectiveness over time and may need to be refreshed.

bottom of horse hoof horse shoe

• Lack of stability
• Hooves twist
• Rail ruts and large divots
• Uneven surface
• Feels deep


• Add textiles and fibers, which can help bind up loose particles.
Deep grooming and mixing, which will remix sand and footing
Increase water and compaction

The surface is too hard

Sand shape and gradation contributes to hardness because particles nest together tightly. Heavy rain, snow, and drainage can also make your arena compacted and hard.

horse legs standing on ground

• Hear the concussion
• No hoof indentation
• Uneven surface


Deep grooming to bring up fines settled on your base
• A cushioning product like ProStride will create voids

Too much dust

Sand breaks down over time turning into airborne particles, AKA dust. Non-silica sands break down much faster than silica sands.

horse trotting through dust

• Airborne particles
• Uneven base
• Slippery when wet
• Hard and dusty when dry


Add new clean sand with a specific particle size and gradation
Add textiles to bind the additional fines or dust particles
• Increase water retention with ArenaAid, HydroKeep or SlowDust
Deep grooming to remix all sand particles and footing materials

Poor drainage

Drainage is affected how the sand particles are compacting and how your base is constructed.

horse trotting through puddle

• Puddles
• Slippery base


Deep grooming to dig up fine particles that have compacted over the base
Fix your base to increase drainage

How We Can Help

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