Your dream finally came true. After saving up your pennies and spending time and money working with a contractor to clear an area and lay a foundation, you’ve built a riding arena of your own. Now comes the part that is so frequently overlooked, yet is the single most important factor if you want the footing to ride to its optimum performance level: maintaining it.

Without ongoing upkeep, which includes an investment in the correct equipment, your arena will have a shortened lifespan. A footing that is inconsistently maintained can lead to expensive veterinary bills. Taking time to maintain your arena will cost significantly less in the long run and will ensure that the arena footing lasts the duration.

The amount and type of arena grooming required often depends on what type of surface you have. Some surfaces require more water or grooming than others, while weather, daily use, type of riding, and number of horses, all factor into the equation.

Waxed-Coated Surfaces

Waxed-coated riding surfaces are dust free (providing correct equipment is used and maintenance guidelines adhered to) and have a good climactic tolerance and so will not require an irrigation system.

While some synthetic surfaces are coated with oils or petroleum jellies, others, including Martin Collins footing, are not. Some oils can wash through the surface and block up the underlying base. Further, oils and petroleum jellies can have a shorter lifespan than wax-coated surface, meaning they could require recoating more frequently.

Non-Coated Surfaces

Non-coated riding surfaces require significantly more maintenance than those with a waxe