Indoor riding arena footing for a concrete base??
HELP! I need some ideas for what to use for footing in my indoor arena. My husband and I are converting a newer barn with concrete floors into a horse barn. One section of the barn is perfect for a riding arena, one problem, it has a CONCRETE floor. I hate the idea of using a concrete floor as a base for a riding arena but a lot of facilities have concrete floors with special footing over it so I know its not impossible or totally out of the ordinary. I want to make sure I keep my horses SAFE (my first priority of course! :) ) any ideas??
- foxhunter1949Lv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Charm has it right in that you need something packed onto the concrete that will not break down allowing a hoof to hit the concrete.
Using a loam or sand on top of this alone will not stop the surface from moving so they will hit the hard surface so by adding chopped rubber it will hold the surface a lot more. It also gives a lot more bounce and the horses find it easier to work on.
If this is to expensive then a deep layer of wood bark works and rides well but it does eventually break down and need replacing.Source(s): Experience
- 1 decade ago
Try rubber chips. The College I bought my horse from had two HUGE indoor arenas that had rubber chips as the footing. Its fabulous footing and doesn't get dusty in the summertime : ) Hope that helps!
- 1 decade ago
You can get rubber mats to put over the concrete but that may be expensive
You can get sand to put over the concrete
You could use them both for extra comfort if you have to spending limit ;]
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- charmLv 61 decade ago
Very deep layer of packed dirt or crushed limestone, covered by a layer of loam mixed with rubberized footing.