There are few factors as important to arena performance as the footing your horse performs on. If the surface is something like concrete or hard-packed clay then that will lead to unnecessary impacts on the horse's legs and joints. Just like when people run or walk on a hard-packed surface all day, this impact can quickly lead to muscle pain at best, and joint damage at worst. On the other hand footing that's too soft, like deep sand or loose soil, will lead to a loss of traction. That means the horse will have to work extra hard to get traction, and that could lead to faster exhaustion, a loss of performance, and an increased heart rate.
In order to get the best possible performance from your horse you need to have the best possible footing. That means you need something supportive and soft, but not so soft that your horse's hooves will sink into the soil. That's why so many people turn to GGT footing.
What is GGT Footing?
GGT (which stands for German Geo Textile) footing is a product that's been carefully designed and engineered to provide supportive footing that won't result in a loss of traction. This mixture has also been designed to hold water (which is ideal for making sure an arena is slightly damp without turning into a slurry), and it releases less dust than sand and equivalent footing options.
If you're looking for something to put in your arena that is supportive and springy that won't put undue stress and strain on a horse's limbs, GGT footing can do the job for ten years (or longer). If you'd like to know more about GGT footing, or if you'd like to explore other options for your horse arena, simply contact us today to talk to one of our construction experts.