Riding Arena Maintenance

Industry experts explain the importance of maintaining your riding arena.

Industry experts explain the importance of maintaining your riding arena.

Ask an Expert logoQuestion:

How important is it to maintain my riding arena on a regular basis?

For the answer, we referred to the June 2012 edition of The American Quarter Horse Journal, where arena experts Jim Kiser, Bob Kiser and Randy Snodgress shared their tips on riding arena maintenance.


In many cases, riding arenas represent significant financial investments. Engaging in proper arena maintenance on a regular basis protects your arena, your horses and your equipment. A few things that you need to keep in mind for arena maintenance are:

Neglecting an arena (especially one that you've invested so much in) is a lot like purchasing a Bentley and matching it with the cheapest tires available.

To protect the arena base, and ensure that your footing will last longer, you need to choose the right maintenance equipment.

The top function requirements of arena care equipment include:

  • Maintaining the integrity of the base
  • Preserving proper depth
  • Measuring moisture content

This tradition of publication excellence drives 235,000 people to read The American Quarter Horse Journal each month, including more AQHA judges and professionals than any other publication according to a recent study.

All arena drags — whether they attach to a tractor, ATV or a truck — should include attachments for leveling, working and finishing. If you are unsure of what kind of equipment to buy to maintain your particular footing, consult experts who work arenas for a living, as well as friends who already own drags.

Although time consuming, riding arena maintenance creates a safe and enjoyable space for you and your horse to use for ride after ride.

— Jim and Bob Kiser of Kiser Dragmaster and Randy Snodgress of ArenaWerks.

To learn more about measuring the moisture content of your arena and how to match your care techniques to your footing's requirements, be sure to read “School of Dirt,” Part 2 of a series in the June 2012 issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal.