Functional Footing

What kind of footing do you ride on?
(Learn about footing research in our July 2012 issue.)

Artificial mixture (rubber, fabric, etc.)
Wood chips or wood/sand mix
Natural dirt/turf
Other (please specify)

Total votes cast: 228

Comments & Write-in Answers

Just about everything riding endurance horses

7/30/2012 7:47:17 PM

Trail ride

7/30/2012 9:11:56 AM

Sand and rubber

7/27/2012 6:52:31 AM

depends on where we are riding

7/26/2012 10:22:13 PM

sand, rubber and felt combination

7/26/2012 8:58:55 PM

I usually ride out of a ring even when schooling Dessage

7/26/2012 6:22:03 PM

sand mixture

7/26/2012 1:13:24 PM

I only ride in an arena once aweek, every monday night, for 4-h horse project. normally i trail ride

7/25/2012 7:06:51 PM

Buy load of wood chips (grindings) 2 x a year, great for arena, round pen and stalls too!

7/25/2012 6:07:36 PM

Sand and rubbery stuff-great footing, especially after a light rain or watering

7/25/2012 4:14:45 PM

My horse is barefoot, never any shoes.I ride him on roadways, blacktop, gravel/rock drives w/no prob

7/25/2012 3:55:22 PM

There are three arenas with 3 different footing, rubber, sand, turf

7/25/2012 2:29:00 PM

Work on natural grass footing with some firmness allows for healthy, thick-soled hooves

7/25/2012 12:50:56 PM

Natural is best, but some rocky areas would require functional footing

7/25/2012 12:38:46 PM

Black dirt, manure loam and sand mixed.

7/25/2012 12:34:15 AM

Sand mixed with rubber crumbles

7/24/2012 9:48:17 PM

I ride on all kinds of ground out on ranches.

7/24/2012 9:09:37 PM

sand & clay mixed

7/24/2012 6:53:51 PM

Sand (away) or grass (home)

7/24/2012 6:51:32 PM

We use crushed granite in our area.

7/24/2012 6:42:46 PM

Whatevers on the trail

7/24/2012 6:09:38 PM

trail ride mostly

7/24/2012 5:41:29 PM

Sand or sand/dirt. Varies depending on indoor out outdoor arena.

7/24/2012 5:27:11 PM

Trail Rider!

7/24/2012 5:24:42 PM

Mixture of the above.

7/24/2012 5:16:55 PM


7/24/2012 4:19:54 PM

Ride on sand in my roundpen and arena. Natural dirt, of course, on the trail.

7/24/2012 2:15:01 PM

I only trail ride some trails very rocky

7/24/2012 1:11:53 PM

I am a trail rider, so we also encounter road surfaces.

7/24/2012 1:10:51 PM

Crushed granite stonedust treated w/ArenaKleen for dust control

7/24/2012 9:13:49 AM

Sand in the arenas and grass when riding cross-country

7/24/2012 7:41:54 AM