In planning, constructing, and maintaining any equine arena, there are a variety of factors to consider. One of the most important aspects of any horse arena is the riding surface that the horses will ride on. While selecting the proper arena footing is a very important process, maintaining its quality is also equally important. Here are some of the most common questions about equine arena drags.
Why Do I Need a Drag?
Regardless of the makeup of your footing, over time it will become uneven and the materials will become unevenly distributed. Your riding arena footing will become depressed in the areas where the horses run and jump more frequently. At best, this uneven footing can cause your horse to underperform. At worst, it can cause serious injury and discomfort.
With a drag, you can easily evenly distribute the materials, as well as dislodge materials that have bonded together. In other words, a drag allows you to maximize the talent of your horse and protect them from injury.
Which Companies Provide the Best Equine Arena Drags?
There are a wide variety of arena drags out there, and a number of companies that offer them. Two of the best arena tool providers are Riata and ABI Attachments, but these are not the only companies out there.
How Often Should I Drag my Arena?
The answer to this question depends on how many horses use the arena. If there is just one horse using it, dragging every 2-3 days should adequately redistribute and level the footing.
However, the more horses that you add the more often you will need to drag. Once a day works for most arenas, but heavily used arenas may need dragging multiple times daily. The important thing is to keep the arena surface as level as possible.
How Do I know When I Should Drag my Arena?
One of the most important aspects of dragging is timing it right. One thing to keep in mind is that it is much better to drag more than necessary. Regardless of whether you have natural or synthetic footings, ruts can easily form, and the deeper they become the harder they are to fix.
As soon as you notice any depressions — whether by sight or by walking on your arena — you should drag the arena. However, don’t wait until you see something. Consistently dragging your arena will increase its lifetime and improve the experiences of the horses and riders who use it.
If you are interested in improving the composition of your footing or have questions about building an equine arena, schedule a free consultation with us today. We would love to help you maximize your equine arena!