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