Footing is a fundamental key to success in working with horses. As an industry, we spend an incredible amount of time studying the composition of arena footing and practicing a meticulous maintenance schedule of watering, dragging, releveling, and dust control. Why wouldn’t we do the same for our round pen? I like to have similar footing and maintenance for both my round pen and arena so the horses are working in comparable environments, not stressing their legs and feet unnecessarily in either training space. www.PremierEquestrian.com is an American company that has several really good footing options, several of which I have been very pleased to use.
Check out this short video to learn more about how footing impacts your horse’s biomechanics: https://youtu.be/lc347oiAXoE
Stay tuned for the final part of our Round Pen series!