Equestrians most often sprinkle calcium chloride and magnesium chloride salt additives throughout their arena so they can absorb moisture present. These additions along with air humidity do an excellent job preventing dust in your indoor or outdoor training facility.
What can I use to keep the dust down in my horse barn?
They often benefit from soaked hay, and perhaps a low dust bedding is best. Options include straw, pellets, and some rice hull brands. If your barn has attached runs to the outside, consider using a similar low dust bedding out there, also.
How do you maintain Arena sand?
Arena Maintenance Goals
- Keep sand particles and footing products mixed.
- Loosen a compact surface.
- Tighten a loose surface.
- Level out the surface – divots, deep/shallow spots, hard spots, etc.
- Eliminate ruts in high traffic areas.
- Pull in migrating materials.
- Minimize dust and promote drainage.
What is the best dirt for a horse arena?
Clay-based soil is ideal if it is leveled and compacted. Clay may need to be brought in to provide a good subbase if the regional soil is too sandy or silty. Putting a slight crown on the subbase (raising the center an inch or two and sloping toward the sides) will help water drain away from the arena.
What kind of dirt is used in a horse arena?
Angular sand provides better stability than rounded sand particles, which behave similar to millions of ball bearings underfoot. Sand is often one of the cheapest materials to use for arena footing material, yet the hard, angular, washed sand that is most suitable as a riding surface is among the most expensive sands.
Why is my barn so dusty?
Examples of contributors to increased dust levels are hay, bedding and unnecessary clutter that “collects dust.” Mold spores can accumulate in hay, grain and old tack and equipment left lying around the barn. Even the best quality hay contributes to mold and dust levels.
How much sand should you put in an arena?
For plain sand arenas, 2-3 inches of a fine sand is recommended. Again, always consult with an experienced riding arena builder to select the correct sand and its depth. A coarse sand will shift around a lot and should not be deeper than 2 inches.
How often should you drag an arena?
An arena should be dragged as soon as any of ruts or holes appear. How frequently an arena needs to be dragged depends primarily on how many horses work on it. A personal arena that has one or two horses work per day may only need to be dragged once a week. A busy lesson barn’s arena may need dragging every day.
How do you prepare ground for horse arena?
When building your horse arena, you will need to start with the sub-base. To develop an effective sub base, we will need to excavate at least six inches of soil, leaving the area where you will put your arena several inches below the rest of the ground. This process is often referred to as boxing out.
Is sand bad for horses?
Sand is not a bad thing
Horses that are worked hard are susceptible to injury due to deep sandy footing. … You want it to be deep enough to provide some traction, and deep and springy enough to provide a little cushioning, but you don’t ever want it to be too deep because then it becomes a threat to the horses’ tendons.