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What kind of footing does your riding area have?

Rubber mixture
Tilled-up dirt
I don't have a specified riding area

Total votes cast: 1251

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12 grass

5/11/2009 11:35:30 PM

COvered arean with 1 1/2" washed river sand + 1" rubber crumbles = perfect

5/11/2009 10:40:37 PM

I trail ride. I only have 3 acres, 2 the horses have fenced off for pasture, the rest is taken up b

5/11/2009 9:54:27 PM

i ride in grass, dirt, riverbed, and other places

5/11/2009 8:29:19 PM

natural sand arena I'm lucky

5/11/2009 7:20:26 PM

It's wood bark that we can water down.

5/11/2009 5:36:03 PM

We have Pond Clay as a base. Wondering what to top dress with?

5/11/2009 5:35:05 PM

Our indoor & outdoor arenas have rubber mix and the trails are mostly crushed rock and some grass.

5/11/2009 5:10:32 PM

has to be drug once a week

5/11/2009 4:35:23 PM

My horse hates arenas; the roundpen has tilled-up dirt be we ride mainly in the wild

5/11/2009 4:11:02 PM


5/11/2009 3:03:54 PM

pea gravel and sand mix

5/11/2009 2:37:32 PM

50/50 sand and sawdust mix. Awesome footing that is not slippery, and holds moisture well.

5/11/2009 2:03:01 PM


5/11/2009 1:49:21 PM

Sand and till up dirt mixed

5/11/2009 10:43:07 AM

flat with some uneven spots about 270 ft by 90 ft

5/11/2009 10:37:48 AM

I have sand mixed with offcuts from tyre manufacturing process which gives a lovely cushioned arena

5/11/2009 7:35:17 AM

It is great when it rains and we can drag it. It is miserable in the summer months (dusty) and packs

5/11/2009 12:32:50 AM

I board at a private barn and actually like the sand because the arena is still usable in wet weathe

5/10/2009 11:00:51 PM

looking for great beigeener horse email me kalismithiwck@yahoo.com when u find one please

5/10/2009 10:25:11 PM

ok, but it is very dry here and it gets dusty

5/10/2009 7:47:07 PM

a large enclosed agew of sand that is laid out and has a tie poll in the middle

5/10/2009 6:46:19 PM

round pen, trails, pasture

5/10/2009 11:47:47 AM


5/10/2009 7:21:07 AM

I feel it is better, softer and easier on hooves. My horse is still barefoot.

5/10/2009 6:10:26 AM

Sand & Sawdust chips in indoor,hogfuel in the outdoor area

5/10/2009 1:34:03 AM

grass and sand track along fence

5/9/2009 10:33:43 PM


5/9/2009 10:02:50 PM

It was sand but now it is mostly dirt and dust.

5/9/2009 9:42:02 PM


5/9/2009 9:38:57 PM

crushed stone dust

5/9/2009 9:36:06 PM

It's a mix of sand and shredded plastic bottles.

5/9/2009 8:52:12 PM

stone dust

5/9/2009 8:24:47 PM

I like and use all-weather sand. It is fantastic, durable, and can be ridden in no matter what.

5/9/2009 8:21:31 PM

great , but needs watering too much and winter is a problem with dust and freezing

5/9/2009 8:11:48 PM

good black dirt that discs up great

5/9/2009 5:07:40 PM

pea gravel, best perfect natural feet, almost self wearing

5/9/2009 4:16:25 PM

riding ring sand /cork

5/9/2009 2:37:55 PM

use trails in 6 states

5/9/2009 2:37:20 PM

sandy lome

5/9/2009 9:17:44 AM

sand and dirt outside/ sand indoor arena

5/9/2009 8:09:42 AM

8" deep

5/9/2009 7:06:11 AM

shredded carpet fiber and sand- Its great!

5/9/2009 1:52:04 AM

native soil to this area

5/8/2009 10:46:10 PM

"White" DG: sand +decomposed granite. Drains well & doesn't pack down hard.

5/8/2009 9:05:15 PM

sand stone dust mix

5/8/2009 5:18:16 PM

We use a mixture of dirt and sandy loam for our arena. It drains well and doesn't clump badly.

5/8/2009 5:12:07 PM

Well ,i ride my horse on grass and once she is hungry she can eat .and plus there is pale of water!

5/8/2009 5:11:54 PM

Indoors is sand, outside its grass. My horse prefers the grass:)

5/8/2009 3:57:47 PM

wood chips

5/8/2009 2:51:01 PM


5/8/2009 2:42:07 PM

we train race horses on the beach

5/8/2009 12:44:01 PM

Don't have a ring;use part of pasture...

5/8/2009 12:27:47 PM

It is a covered arena with soft sand.

5/8/2009 11:08:53 AM

We ride mainly on the grass in the pasture or grassy trails through the woods.

5/8/2009 10:55:43 AM

3 way sifted

5/8/2009 10:30:22 AM

it is ahy land or cultivated crop land that i ride on

5/8/2009 10:06:48 AM

We trail ride in the country on gravel roads, through grassland, sometimes trees and small creeks

5/8/2009 9:28:12 AM

I don't generally ride i an arena, so when I want to i just set a portable fence in my paddock

5/8/2009 3:46:27 AM

Multiple surfaces- grass, indoor is rubber mix, some gravel in outdoor arena

5/8/2009 1:59:05 AM

mixture of sand and stall shavings

5/7/2009 10:50:52 PM

sand. basically mixed with dirt and manure.

5/7/2009 10:25:19 PM

I wish I could do something to it to make it not so deep!

5/7/2009 9:59:45 PM

equi-footing - a polymer coated sand product that's totally dustfree.

5/7/2009 8:21:36 PM

What ever is on the endurance trail.

5/7/2009 8:16:31 PM

Rocks, rocks and more rocks - NE trails!

5/7/2009 8:04:12 PM

its the best i have ever riden on and good for the impacked on horses legs when jumping

5/7/2009 4:30:26 PM

I ride anywhere I can so all the above.

5/7/2009 4:18:30 PM

crushed blue stone

5/7/2009 3:31:53 PM

sand blended with shredded rubber

5/7/2009 3:17:18 PM

Trail ride only

5/7/2009 3:14:02 PM

Dressage arena:sand/clay blend, jumping arena: "all weather" stone dust mixture

5/7/2009 2:27:17 PM

its dirt with wood chips

5/7/2009 2:23:56 PM

coarse sand about 3 1/2 inches over a clay base. Its great but dust control ($)is a problem.

5/7/2009 2:19:41 PM

my ring doubles as my turnout for mares/foals, grass in the middle and tilled dirt on the track.

5/7/2009 2:17:37 PM

provides a small amount of extra effort, builds muscle, provides soft landing :)

5/7/2009 2:09:01 PM

Crushed egg shells!

5/7/2009 1:41:25 PM

Stone Dust base

5/7/2009 10:42:53 AM

We use chat - very little dust with good traction

5/7/2009 10:07:27 AM

The sand/rubber stuff--so lovely to ride on all the time!

5/7/2009 10:01:02 AM

Decomposed Granite and Sand Mixture over dirt

5/7/2009 9:59:55 AM

gravel base. silt sub base, screened dand &silt top

5/7/2009 9:40:46 AM

Grass over Sand/Clay, no rocks, stallion/brood mares all ride barefoot

5/7/2009 5:37:39 AM

Dirt and rocky areas-no shoes on horses and they do fine!

5/7/2009 3:04:16 AM

with hydrophillic granules added

5/6/2009 11:35:08 PM

Four inches of sand.

5/6/2009 9:04:40 PM

Florida Panhandle-not much dirt

5/6/2009 7:47:25 PM

I use my friend's sand ring for ringwork when not on trails

5/6/2009 7:37:11 PM

red clay base with grass to stabilize it because that is what I can afford

5/6/2009 7:27:03 PM

We ride on trails and use friend's rings when necessary

5/6/2009 6:23:15 PM

sand, dirt and decomposed granite. I live in the high desert.

5/6/2009 6:06:46 PM

Really bad and getting worse. Moving to a new boarding facility.

5/6/2009 6:02:57 PM

hatches more rocks every spring, no sense putting in something more costly!

5/6/2009 5:47:28 PM

Quarry dust

5/6/2009 5:08:24 PM

A mixture of sand tilled with dirt with a depth of about 3 inches.

5/6/2009 4:33:15 PM

I'm strictly a trail rider so it varies; some dg, sand, rocks, dirt and some beach riding-the best!

5/6/2009 4:27:28 PM

I ride on grass, sand, tilled-updirt and gravel when i have to.

5/6/2009 4:08:54 PM

Arena recently stripped and filled with deep sand and dust free additive-great footing now

5/6/2009 4:05:25 PM

Tire tread with drain tile around outside of ring to draw water. Works great- rides well!!

5/6/2009 3:56:00 PM

Turf as dirt is hard on their feet.

5/6/2009 3:52:27 PM

Actually, sand & dirt

5/6/2009 3:48:36 PM

It's more fine gravel w/ sand

5/6/2009 2:58:01 PM

sand/clay mixture

5/6/2009 2:57:17 PM

Mostly trail ride but do have a closely mowed grass "arena"

5/6/2009 2:45:31 PM

We have Ranch Horses, so dirt, rock, grass, pavement

5/6/2009 2:35:33 PM

sand, but its near the shale line so there is some firmness but its still ALL SAND!

5/6/2009 1:54:18 PM

mixture of sand and stonedust

5/6/2009 1:51:35 PM

80% crumb rubber 20% course sand. This is some of the best footing that I have worked on.

5/6/2009 1:24:42 PM

Sand footing for an outdoor arena works well in our wet northwest weather.

5/6/2009 1:19:02 PM

I would like to tighten the footing for dry conditions

5/6/2009 12:24:44 PM

it is very dusty hot.

5/6/2009 12:06:42 PM

Ride in trails in the national forest

5/6/2009 12:00:25 PM

we use a nice flat spot in one of our patures

5/6/2009 11:56:19 AM

I have native "puffy dirt" on top of a very poor base of rocks.

5/6/2009 11:55:53 AM

With recycled hay!

5/6/2009 11:42:59 AM

We have Posi-Trak footing mixed with sand. It's lovely!

5/6/2009 11:34:04 AM

The indoor has dirt with broken down wood shavings, and the outdoor I believe used to be the lawn.

5/6/2009 11:26:15 AM

Natural terrain for the area

5/6/2009 10:47:02 AM

stone dust, wood chips and sand mix

5/6/2009 10:38:41 AM

wax-encapsulated sand mixed with fiber -- $$$

5/6/2009 10:14:45 AM

grass footing in sandy soil is the best for tendon, joint and foot health; deep sand=BAD!!!

5/6/2009 10:14:44 AM

I live in Wyoming ranching country so the footing my horse rides on is a mixture of all the above.

5/6/2009 10:12:51 AM

Also hog fuel arena available

5/6/2009 10:07:15 AM

Sand and crushed stone mix

5/6/2009 10:01:00 AM

sand& dirt mix in outdoor arena

5/6/2009 10:00:53 AM

The grass is kept short and later shows more dirt

5/6/2009 9:37:10 AM

Alot of trail and backwoods roads

5/6/2009 9:01:57 AM

Sand/dirt mixture

5/6/2009 8:59:17 AM


5/6/2009 8:34:59 AM

stone dust & sand mixed

5/6/2009 8:25:25 AM

What ever the trail is made off - dirt, rock, etc.

5/6/2009 8:23:35 AM


5/6/2009 8:18:31 AM

Our arena has a base of crushed stone with sand on top.

5/6/2009 7:48:38 AM

I train on a Class 5 gravel road

5/6/2009 7:44:46 AM

clay base with sand over that, the arena has excellent drainage and grooms very well ( miminum care)

5/6/2009 7:28:02 AM

Becomes saturated after a heavy shower, and is very dusty insummer. Has to be sprinkled.

5/6/2009 7:21:29 AM

grass at farm, some rocks on trail

5/6/2009 7:17:32 AM

it used to be crushed stone but shallow, not worth anything; now grass is growing

5/6/2009 7:05:59 AM

No arena, we ride in our fields and trails

5/6/2009 5:37:18 AM

about 4-5 inches deep.

5/6/2009 4:49:48 AM

crushed bluestone

5/6/2009 2:10:02 AM

My hayfield is the choice when I am not growing a crop.

5/6/2009 1:49:45 AM

I'm planning on sand soon because its to slick when wet and dusty when dry.

5/6/2009 12:34:10 AM

mixture of dirt,sand, and old stall bedding that decomposes

5/6/2009 12:27:55 AM

sand that is watered to reduce dust

5/6/2009 12:23:40 AM

riding arena? what riding arena??

5/6/2009 12:09:35 AM


5/5/2009 11:33:35 PM

Red clay/dust

5/5/2009 11:25:01 PM

Around my barn I have pea gravel

5/5/2009 11:20:09 PM

a special all-weather sand and clay mixture that we till and water every day and it is very fluffy!

5/5/2009 10:43:47 PM

We have wood chips, called grindings, 2-3" over natural sand base

5/5/2009 10:38:46 PM

DG base with 4-5 inches of sand/dg mixed for the topper. We ride reiners

5/5/2009 10:29:36 PM


5/5/2009 10:28:57 PM

fibar and sand (wood chips)

5/5/2009 10:28:45 PM

trails, never the same footing

5/5/2009 10:20:54 PM

It's hard as a rock and makes me so mad!

5/5/2009 10:18:37 PM

I have a rouond pen and then trails and dirt roads.

5/5/2009 10:07:46 PM

mud, pavement, dirt, woods trails

5/5/2009 9:59:21 PM

Course sand is best and not too deep or you risk hurting tendons. Can be dusty in dry weather.

5/5/2009 9:42:20 PM

Always dusty, have to water constanly.

5/5/2009 9:15:16 PM

packed stonedust base 5" then 1"river sand

5/5/2009 9:11:07 PM

sandstone and manufactured sand

5/5/2009 8:53:46 PM

cedar hogfuel

5/5/2009 8:45:54 PM

Dusty and dry, prefer rubber

5/5/2009 8:45:35 PM

I ride on all types of footing out on trail including ledge, tar, gravel, sand, etc.

5/5/2009 8:34:24 PM

soft for the fall, but bad for horse footing

5/5/2009 8:32:31 PM

My outdoor arena is sand and mulch. My indoor has sand,rubber,fibers & glycerine for dust control.

5/5/2009 8:25:58 PM

The riding dirt in the arena is just plain ground soil and is raked often.

5/5/2009 8:23:57 PM

Outdoor- sand, indoor-dirt

5/5/2009 8:23:50 PM

washed concrete sand (it is angular)

5/5/2009 8:22:19 PM

Three areas: sand, dirt and crushed mulch

5/5/2009 8:00:18 PM

My arena is sand. I mostly ride on trails that vary in footing

5/5/2009 7:52:13 PM

I ride in a 4 acre grass field.

5/5/2009 7:51:29 PM

aggregate lime base with 2 - 3 inches of sand on top

5/5/2009 7:49:20 PM

we have an indoor and outdoor; one with sand/bluestone and one a dirt/sand/rubber mix.

5/5/2009 7:48:52 PM

I ride a trail to the county fairgrounds where the arena is tilled dirt.

5/5/2009 7:42:30 PM

What riding arena? Our endurance horses have great feet b/c we ride over varied terrain.

5/5/2009 7:41:50 PM

One has sand; the other has decomposed granite which I like better because it drains better.

5/5/2009 7:33:47 PM

stone dust and that stuff hurts, i've burned burned/scraped up for a couple weeks now. won't heal!

5/5/2009 7:18:00 PM

I ride on farmland. I have access to 1100 acres right in back of my yard.

5/5/2009 7:16:48 PM

We trail ride!

5/5/2009 7:16:02 PM

I have hills and flats.

5/5/2009 7:08:24 PM

Our sand/recycled tire rubber mix is great, lot less dust.

5/5/2009 6:32:15 PM

shavings and sand

5/5/2009 6:29:59 PM

Pasture, gravel roads, mountain trails. Tough barefeet!

5/5/2009 6:27:58 PM

My dressage arena has red clay footing. Its OK as long as the dust is controlled.

5/5/2009 6:27:16 PM

We ride around our city often. Could be anything, & everything!

5/5/2009 6:23:17 PM

river bottom sand, low dust!

5/5/2009 6:20:25 PM

I love it! Much better than sand- alot easier on the horses' joints and mine when I fall (LOL)

5/5/2009 6:18:01 PM

sand and sawdust- we keep it damp in spring and summer

5/5/2009 6:12:04 PM

I trail ride, so my horses can move out in any kind of conditions and footing.

5/5/2009 6:10:55 PM

bluestone. waiting patiently for the owners to get money for sand

5/5/2009 5:52:47 PM

With 50 horses in a training barn it's tough to maintain fulltime good footing

5/5/2009 5:52:44 PM

an old dairy farm and other peoples dump place

5/5/2009 5:46:00 PM

stone dust

5/5/2009 5:44:48 PM

3 inches structural fill, 2 inches sand mixed. Works great.

5/5/2009 5:43:12 PM

the road right now for barefoot rehab issues. 8 mile rides

5/5/2009 5:37:28 PM

Sand, with pine grindings mixed in.....

5/5/2009 5:34:03 PM

Sand/Clay mixture.

5/5/2009 5:31:59 PM

We use grey "A" sand. It drains well and works well for gaited horses.

5/5/2009 5:29:48 PM

ride in pasture which is grass and soil

5/5/2009 5:29:46 PM

sand and rubber - lovely :)

5/5/2009 5:28:58 PM

Hogfuel (wood chips) outdoors, sand indoors

5/5/2009 5:28:45 PM

Sand in roundpen, but grass in arena.Hope to get sand soon.

5/5/2009 5:22:14 PM

Just drying up after a rain is the perfect time to harrow the dirt.

5/5/2009 5:14:57 PM

The dirt God put there

5/5/2009 5:11:17 PM

Right now I just ride in my pastures

5/5/2009 5:10:54 PM

trailk rider, in NH we have rocks and hills!

5/5/2009 5:04:35 PM

stays wet long after rain, dusty when dry.

5/5/2009 5:02:38 PM

work on trails and fields unless I truck for a lesson in a sand ring

5/5/2009 5:01:21 PM

hardpan/clay base with sand on top

5/5/2009 4:58:26 PM

trails: dirt, rocks, grass, etc.

5/5/2009 4:58:14 PM

decomposed granite

5/5/2009 4:50:05 PM

Trails - rocks, gravel, dirt...

5/5/2009 4:48:28 PM

Red Clay Sand

5/5/2009 4:44:54 PM

Indoor is a sand/rubber mix. Outdoor is cedar chips.

5/5/2009 4:44:37 PM

I either ride in my yard or out on the trails where there is mud, rocks, water, moss, ferns, etc

5/5/2009 4:42:30 PM

Wish I had the Property to have real arena with real footing, Arena doubles as pasture

5/5/2009 4:41:17 PM

2" of washed sand on top of 6" packed roadmix.

5/5/2009 4:37:12 PM

stone dust

5/5/2009 4:34:19 PM

red clay and limestone, hills

5/5/2009 4:32:44 PM

all sorts, rocks, gravel, pavement, you name it.

5/5/2009 4:32:38 PM

I have a round pen with grass and a sand track

5/5/2009 4:22:46 PM

6 arenas with various levels of sand from shallow to too deep!

5/5/2009 4:22:38 PM

crushed limestone

5/5/2009 4:21:15 PM

crushed limerock

5/5/2009 4:19:28 PM

also have a grassy area to ride in

5/5/2009 4:17:15 PM

Our land is too hilly to set up a riding arena

5/5/2009 4:17:14 PM

Grass and sandy loam

5/5/2009 4:16:36 PM

Home arena is grass; lesson arena I trailer to is sand mixture.

5/5/2009 4:15:16 PM

indoor is sand, outdoor is grass

5/5/2009 4:14:40 PM

Bare foot horse in the desert, chat in the arenas

5/5/2009 4:14:36 PM

on ride on rocks and trails

5/5/2009 4:14:31 PM

and droppings

5/5/2009 4:14:21 PM

sand and rock = high desert

5/5/2009 4:12:18 PM

sand/clay mixture

5/5/2009 4:12:06 PM

Just a dirt/clay ground leveled riding area with a little sand that I keep dragged.

5/5/2009 4:10:43 PM

what is best?

5/5/2009 4:10:23 PM

indoor or outdoor? indoor - sand with shavings and mineral for dust control

5/5/2009 4:09:13 PM

clay trails mostly, pretty hard, overboots help

5/5/2009 4:04:00 PM

my round pen has sand footing, I do not have an arena--yet

5/5/2009 3:57:41 PM

Tilled diret, sand and wood chips

5/5/2009 3:57:33 PM

stone dust

5/5/2009 3:49:48 PM

hog fuel

5/5/2009 3:48:05 PM

a mix of grade 1 and grade 2 screenings

5/5/2009 3:45:27 PM

I don't find sand footing entirely satisfactory, but that's what the barn where I board has

5/5/2009 3:44:36 PM

crushed limestone

5/5/2009 3:44:30 PM

I ride trails.

5/5/2009 3:42:00 PM

M10 gravite and river sand

5/5/2009 3:34:29 PM

Sand and pea gravel mix - squeegee. The best!

5/5/2009 3:33:20 PM

Sand, screenings and PermaFlex rubber. Love it!

5/5/2009 3:29:41 PM

crushed granite

5/5/2009 3:29:26 PM

crushed blue stone

5/5/2009 3:27:34 PM

Got a great deal from a Thoroughbred breeding shed here in Lexington -- free rubber chips!

5/5/2009 3:24:58 PM

I mostly ride pastures and trails

5/5/2009 10:47:09 AM

Wish the sand were better maintained. Would be great footing if it were.

5/5/2009 10:12:26 AM

There is also some grass

5/5/2009 9:24:50 AM

We ride in the side yard so their pasture remains their's.

5/5/2009 8:42:18 AM