If you have footing that has been around for years you know that sometimes it needs a little pick-me-up, or sometimes even a little cut down. It might be too dusty, too hard, too soft, deep, shallow, or less than level. If you've said any of this about your arena consider the following money-saving ideas to combat dust:
~water is great if you have time, but if your footing is broken down try adding Sodium Chloride drug into the footing. This will pull the moisture out of the air and into the footing. This method cuts down time and avoids the slick spots that watering can make.
~If your footing is a good depth and level but you still have dust issues go for an arena polymer. This option was created to seal and attract moisture to the footing without slick spots and minimal additional maintenance. This option is a bit of an investment, but it will last longer than some other options. For an example check out Arena RX- you'll be glad you did!
~ Add another material to your footing such as shavings, shredded rubber, or felt. All of these materials promote moisture retention within existing types of footing. When researching these options save yourself some money by checking with local recyclers for shredded tire bits, local mills for wood shavings, and fabric stores for skeins of felt. Remember that if you're using shavings or rubber make sure it has no metal ground within. If you're unsure use a roller magnet to remove any shavings or unscreened metals.
These are just a few things to consider when sprucing up your arena footing. We suggest you take into consideration the medium, condition, and monetary limits for your project.