Arena Footing Basics 101: Your Arena’s Foundation

The base is one of the most important part of an arena but is often overlooked during construction.

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Many equestrians will agree that when it comes to arena riding, a well-appointed ring is a joy to work (and play!) in. The footing you choose for your enclosure will depend on a variety of factors and will be the most important component of a well-designed and properly constructed riding area. In this two-part series, Glynnie Walford, of Martin Collins Equine Surfaces, shares information on how to create a first-rate surface for all of your equine endeavors.

Next to the footing itself, the base is the most important part of an arena but is often overlooked during construction. Here are a few things to consider before starting any new construction.

Positioning—A sheltered spot is good; however, it’s important to consider trees before choosing your location. Construct your arena away from roots, and be mindful of leaf contamination in the fall.

Additionally, keep your arena away from utilities and obstructions that could be costly to move

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