Where we live everything is heavy clay. Am wondering what route to take in loosening up my outdoor ring. Thanx. Susan
We used to have hard clay footing and I found that almost anything I added made it better - as long as I didn't ride on it when wet. Some people spread stall cleanings on their arena, but any organic material will hold water and become boggy in an outdoor ring. Adding about 2''-3'' of washed bank sand on top softens the footing without it being deep, which is what I would try first. I think it is better not to disc it into the clay. You will still not be able to use it when wet. We solved our clay problem by moving - not usually an option, I know.
I have thought of using "stall cleanings" but wondered about the horses grazing on it when grass shoots pop up. They have access to the ring, but it would not be hard to keep them out of it. I have what I call a scarifier (my Dad's) and can use it as a spreader when I have to.
Will start the operation today and let you know how it works out. Thanks. Susan
If you can keep grass growing in there, it too will improve the footing