We’ve had more rain than usual this year which has made the maintenance of our outdoor arena interesting.
We live at approximately 7000 feet in a semi-arid climate (15 inches of rain per year) so dust is our usual problem.
But this year with the rain (and hail !) packing down the footing, it seems like a non-stop job to keep it fluffed up !
After a number of rain days in a row, the arena had turned into a hard pan, felt like concrete when you walked across it. I kept waiting for that perfect time when we got just enough moisture to soak into the decomposed granite soil to wet it without it being too soggy.
If I time it right, I can get by with using just the rotary harrow but if things get out of hand, I have to call on Mr. Big Disc to work the hard surface, but sometimes a disc will work the footing TOO deep.
So after 0.27 inches of rain last night, I hopped on Ruby (my Massey) and raised the bucket so I would clear the arena rails once I got to rockin’ and a rollin’. Then I drove very slow on the initial pass so the harrow would really dig in.
With each subsequent pass, I kicked Ruby up a notch and soon was smoothing perfect footing.
Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of an arena harrowing.
Have a great ride.