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Arena Maintenance

Arena Drags & Grooming Equipment

Maintenance is vital in achieving quality arena footing. Groomers enable you to create a consistent riding surface for your equine athlete, avoid footing irregularities, and condition your sand and footing additives. A professional-type horse arena drag, pulled behind a tractor or ATV, can overturn and redistribute the varying sand particle sizes and keep additives mixed thoroughly.

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Premier Equestrian SportPro Arena Drags

Available in a variety of sizes and configurations to meet the requirements of your equipment and needs. Call us to order groomers & arena drags or buy online.

SportPro M1

Arena Drag
Perfect for smaller arenas and round pens
For utility carts, ATVs, UTVs & small tractors
67.5" wide

Starting at $4,999

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M1
For utility carts, ATVs, UTVs, and small tractors
Minimum 14 h.p. or 350 cc

53" outside tire max width

Pin hitch or optional 2" ball coupler
67.5"W x 103"L x 39"H
One rear roller and weighs 447lbs
Included with the SportPro M1 :
• 2 rows of S-Tines

• Smoothing Bar
Add-Ons for M1:
• Wall/Rail blade
• Wall protection wheel

SportPro M3

Arena Drag
Great for medium sized farms and boarding facilities
For large ATVs, small UTVs & sub-compact tractors
67.5" and 83.5" widths

Starting at $7,199

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M3 and M3 Duo M3x and M3x Duo
For large ATVs, small UTVs, or sub-compact tractors
Minimum 18 h.p. or 400 cc, 4WD

53" outside tire max width

Pin hitch or optional 2" ball coupler
For mid-large UTVs or compact tractors
Minimum 24 h.p. or 570 cc, 4WD

69" outside tire max width

Pin hitch or optional 2" ball coupler
67.5"W x 115"L x 42.25"H 83.5"W x 115"L x 42.25"H
M3 - one roller and weighs 600 lbs
M3 Duo - two rollers and weighs 717 lbs
M3x - one roller and weighs 658 lbs
M3x Duo - two rollers and weighs 779 lbs
Included with all SportPro M3 models:
• 2 rows of S-Tines or Scarifiers
Option to buy both and swap out as needed.

• 2 rows of coil tines

• Smoothing Bar
Add-Ons for all M3 & M3x:
• Wall/Rail blade
• Wall protection wheel

SportPro M5

Arena Drag
Best for large, professionally-run facilities
3-Point Hitch for subcompact or compact tractors
67.5" and 83.5" widths

Starting at $6,999

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M5 and M5 Duo M5x and M5x Duo
For tractors with 3-point hitch
Minimum 24 h.p. 4WD

53" outside tire max width
For tractors with 3-point hitch
Minimum 24 h.p. 4WD

69" outside tire max width
67.5"W x 71"L x 37"H 83.5"W x 81.25"L x 37"H
M5 - one roller and weighs 537 lbs
M5 Duo - two rollers and weighs 657 lbs
M5x - one roller and weighs 574 lbs
M5x Duo - two rollers and weighs 659 lbs
Included with all SportPro M5 models:
• 2 rows of S-Tines or Scarifiers
Option to buy both and swap out as needed.

• 2 rows of coil tines

• Smoothing Bar
Add-Ons for all M5 & M5x:
• Wall/Rail blade
• Wall protection wheel

Groomer Features and Benefits

What makes SportPro groomers better than other groomers, arena harrows, and arena rakes on the market is the unique structure and the ability to be configured to perfectly suit the requirements for your specific arena moisture and additives.

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SportPro M5 Groomer

SportPro M3 Groomer

SportPro M1 Groomer

Patent Pending

3-Point Swivel Hitch

The SportPro M5 groomer comes with a patent pending swivel hitch that precisely follows the turns of the tractor around jumps and rails and straightens itself before locking when lifted.

This self-locking swivel hitch enhances safety and reduces hassle when pulling in and out of the arenas.

Pin Hitch or 2” Ball Coupler (M1 & M3 models)

A pin comes with the SportPro M1 and M3, or purchase the 2″ Ball Coupler.

Transport Wheels (M1 & M3 models)

Transport the M1 and M3 arena drags over almost any terrain around the property.

Ground-engaging components are designed to break up, dig, mix, fluff, smooth, and compact horse arena footing. Each component is independently adjustable. Change the surface tension in your arena as desired.

Once you have a configuration for everyday use, lock the tool to count on consistent, repeatable results, no matter who’s in the driver’s seat. Adjust the components as needed when you need to re-mix the additives in your footing or change the surface tension for conditioning your horses.

S-Tines

Adjust the depth of S-Tines to dig, lift, mix, fluff, and level the arena surface. S-Tines offer a safer way to go deeper, pulling up small fines and fibers that have settled to the bottom without damaging the base. S-tines are also suited for self-amending or self-installing additional materials, or fibers.

Scarifiers (M3 & M5 models)

In contrast to the S-tines, scarifiers are rigid by design, giving them an enhanced ability to loosen hard, compacted materials. Arenas with high clay, a tendency to compact, or more water will benefit from the hardened-steel scarifier configuration as the primary component. Also great for waterless footing.

Swap the S-Tines and Scarifiers

The SportPro M3 & M5 groomers allow a tool-less swap out of the available S-tines and scarifiers for arenas and facilities that would benefit from the capabilities of both. One set of S-Tines or scarifiers come standard on the groomer. You may choose to buy the other any time.

Coil Tines (M3 & M5 models)

The SportPro M5 has two offset rows of coil tines, and each tine has two contact points instead of one. In their passive position, this setup maximizes the coil tines ability to fill in grooves and press down large fibers that have risen to the top. In the active position, the coil tines aerate, mix, and level the arena surface.

Smoothing Bar

The smoothing bar’s cylinder shape allows material to flow under as well as over— creating a smoothing effect and preventing excess material from plugging up. Adjustable in quarter inch increments, the smoothing bar also accumulates some excess materials to drop into low areas to level the arena.

Rollers

Rollers provide stability, compaction, and prevent tines from digging too deep into the surface. The twisted rod design maximizes packing, prevents trailing, and minimizes bounce.

Choose a single or double roller configuration. On the dual roller models, the front and back rollers add an additional level of gauge security and consistency, so you can drop and groom without worrying about catching on your base or mats.

Wall/Rail Blade

The rail/wall blade can be added to pull material inward along the rail.

Wall Protection Wheel

A rail wheel is available for extra kick wall protection.

Riders and horses need footing they can rely on, which means having a dependable drag that’s built to last. Delicate linkages take the brunt of stress, but our purposeful design makes the SportPro stronger, more durable, and more efficient than other groomers.

The SportPro’s tough steel frame does not have a shell. This is to provide visibility and easy access to the individual components for any needed adjustments or upkeep.

Extended space between each component from front to back maximizes the flow of footing material. You can be sure you’re getting the comprehensive blending needed for daily maintenance.

The component spacing and length increases maneuverability, so you can groom your entire arena surface more efficiently than ever before, while significantly elevating the overall quality of the arena footing.

Compare Groomers

SportPro Models # Rollers Unit Weight Towing Working Width Unit Dimensions Towing Ground engagements Add Ons
M1 Rear 447 lbs • Utility Cart, ATV, UTV Small Tractor

• Min. 14 h.p. or 350 cc

• 53" outside tire max width
63" 67.5"W x 103"L x 39"H Pin or optional 2" ball coupler • 2 rows of S-tines

• Smoothing Bar
• Wall/Rail blade
• Wall protection wheel
M3 One Rear 600 lbs • Large ATV, Small UTV, or Sub-Compact Tractor

• Min. 18 h.p. or 400 cc, 4WD

• 53" outside tire max width
63" 115"L x 67.5"W x 42.25"H Pin or optional 2" ball coupler • 2 rows of S-Tines or Scarifiers Option to buy both and swap out as needed.

• 2 rows of coil tines

• Smoothing Bar
• Wall/Rail blade
• Wall protection wheel
M3 Duo Front and Back 717 lbs
M3x Rear 658 lbs • Mid - Large UTV or Compact Tractor

• Min. 24 h.p. or 570 cc, 4WD

• 69" outside tire max width
79" 115"L x 83.5"W x 42.25"H
M3x Duo Front and Back 779 lbs
M5 Rear 537 lbs • Tractor w/3-point hitch

• Min. 24 h.p. 4WD

• 53" outside tire max width
63" 71"L x 67.5"W x 37"H 3-point hitch • 2 rows of S-Tines or Scarifiers Option to buy both and swap out as needed.

• 2 rows of coil tines

• Smoothing Bar
• Wall/Rail blade
• Wall protection wheel
M5 Duo Front and Back 657 lbs
M5x Rear 574 lbs • Tractor w/3-point hitch

• Min. 24 h.p. 4WD

• 69" outside tire max width
79" 81.25"L x 83.5"W x 37"H
M5x Duo Front and Back 695 lbs

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should an arena be dragged?

Maintaining an arena works best when you have a daily, weekly, and yearly routine.

Daily Horse Arena Maintenance
Remove organic material, like leaves and manure, from the arena. Use your arena drag to level out the surface of the arena floor.

Weekly Horse Arena Maintenance
Along with daily maintenance, you should perform a more thorough drag of your horse arena once per week. Move jumps or obstacles. Loosen up the footing in highly compacted areas. Move footing back to areas that migrate like the rail, take-off, and landing zones. After everything is loose, mix and level it out with your arena drag equipment.

Yearly Horse Arena Maintenance
While continuing the daily and weekly horse arena maintenance schedules, at least once per year, address the overall condition of your arena’s footing. Drag your arena down to the base (without touching it!) and remix the footing and sand. If your arena needs any extra footing material, add it now. If your sand is breaking down to fine particles, you will need to incorporate some new sand. We offer a free arena sand analysis to help you identify what type of sand you have and what footing products are compatible.

What is the best pattern to drag an arena?

You can use several drag patterns when grooming your horse arena. The most important thing is to keep the number of passes the same across the entire surface. Often, circular patterns that slowly spiral across the arena work well. See the grooming patterns image above.

Avoid dragging one area more than others. Uneven grooming can result in a surface that looks level but has varying densities. Such conditions can create hazards for riders. Drag your arena consistently in one of the suggested patterns to keep the footing uniform.

What will happen if you don’t properly maintain arenas with arena drags?

Failing to maintain your arena properly can result in dangerous conditions that can put horses and riders at risk of injury. It will also make training more difficult and reduce the morale of riders and trainers. Without grooming, inconsistencies in the depth and firmness of the surface will be different from one spot to another. This makes the horse very susceptible to injury.

The mixture of sand particles and footing product in a horse arena contain components of different sizes. Without proper maintenance, the footing components separate over time. Eventually, they separate entirely and undermine the qualities the footing mix provides.

Without regularly removing the organic matter from your arena floor, it will begin to decay and compost. Under-maintained areas can turn into dust bowls or mud pits, depending on your climate. Either of those environments could breed and spread bacteria and disease.

If you do not adequately maintain your horse arena regularly with the proper drag equipment, your arena floor will become a rutted and cratered and/or deep mess that won’t provide the stability or the proper surface tension for training and performance.

Does horse arena drag equipment work on all surfaces?

No. The arena drag equipment you get should match the surface type of your arena footing. Some drag equipment and groomers are designed for textile footing surfaces, and others are designed for sand-only arenas.

Ensure you get the right arena dragging equipment for your specific footing surface. Premier Equestrian can help you find the right tool for your needs.

What are some indications that I need to drag my arena?

The frequency of dragging your arena will depend on traffic. Here are some warning signs to watch for:

  • If your arena floor has high spots, crests, divots, or potholes, you probably need to drag it.
  • If your arena floor has variations in color, you may have uneven moisture or density. Those color variations can be another indicator that your arena floor is due for a drag.

Is water required to drag my arena?

After dragging your arena, the surface needs to be watered. Consider a water wagon to quickly and efficiently water your arena.

Arena Drags For Sale by Premier Equestrian

Premier Groomers are available in a variety of sizes and weights to meet the requirements of your arena grooming equipment and needs. Find the right horse arena drag for sale at just the right price with Premier Equestrian.

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