Around this time of the year, many equestrian customers are planning their spring barn projects causing our number of inquiries to rise; along with how many questions we get about our footings. Recently, we’ve noticed a few popular questions come up, with the most popular being: “Is mixing equestrian footing okay?” or “what do I do with my old equestrian footing? Can yours be mixed in?”
Our equestrian footing is manufactured in a specific mixing facility in Upstate NY. This allows for us to control all aspects of the environment that the mixture is being created in. If we did not so closely monitor the manufacturing process, the equestrian footing could end up with particles that create dust, or an incorrect type of sand in the footing, which could cause the footing to compact. We have kept the same formula for our equestrian footing since we started in 2004, and do not want to alter it in anyway.
With our equestrian footing being manufactured in such a specific way, there is not an alternate approach. Mixing equestrian footing that is old with our new dustless footing is not okay! If you have a current arena with equestrian footing, it will have to be completely removed in order to install our new dust-free equestrian footing products. The most common approach for removing old equestrian footing is to hire a contractor that has worked with horse arenas before. It is important to check references before the contractor starts work. The equestrian footing has to be removed in such a way that it does not damage the base of the arena. An attempt at mixing equestrian footing that is old and new is another way the base could be damaged. More than likely, a bit of base work will have to be done before adding our dust-free equestrian footing.
We love all of the questions that we get asked and if you have any questions I may have no answered in our blogs, let me know!