Hello out therrreeeeeee!! Anybody home?!
This week was the first week since January that I haven’t written a post, and it has really bothered me. I’m also very behind on reading all my favorite blogs, and I feel like I don’t know what’s going on in my friends’ lives!
But I’ve tried to remind myself that sometimes life gets hectic and it’s okay to take a break.
Me? Take a break? Ha.
But, the truth is, if I’m not working in the barn, I’m riding. And if I’m not riding, I’m feeding children. And if I’m not feeding children, I’m laying one down for a nap. And then during that nap, I’m cleaning up the mess from feeding said children. And then I’m going to the grocery store. And then picking up a large diet coke from Sonic. And then I’m feeding horses all over again in 100 degree heat. Phew!
I’m hot and tired. Hello, summer.
But on the bright side, I’ve also been trying to accomplish some bigger barn tasks while most of my boarders are away for the summer, including the much anticipated new dirt for the my indoor arena! This has been a long time coming. I’ve really had to scrape my pennies together and hoard them ferociously from other looming projects. Before I knew it, though, the dirt truck was waiting at my gate to unload my first semi-load of dirt.
Before I bought the dirt, I went out and looked at my options. There really weren’t many options locally, unfortunately, so I chose what I felt like was the best choice: screened sandy loam. It’s not as coarse as straight sand, but heavier and cleaner than “fill dirt.” I know many arenas chose newer, man-made materials, but I have to consider my many different horses, riders, and disciplines when choosing dirt for Rocking E. Unfortunately, I can’t please everyone. Ahem, reiners…
I bought seven loads altogether and they were dumped as close to the arena as possible, on the south end, and the north end. Then, Brad set to work scooping the dirt and dumping it in staggered lines, creating a grave yard-esque appearance. Just dirt, everybody! No dead bodies here!
After he had evenly distributed bucket-loads, he used a box blade, and then our Kiser arena drag. Not too shabby!
So far it’s worked pretty well. It’s deeper and softer than our previous dirt, and hopefully the dust won’t be as bad either.
What kind of footing does your arena have? Do you like it? Any recommendations?