East-West Arena Construction Blog

Why Controlling Dust In Your Arena Is Important

Posted by East-West Arena Construction

Nov 11, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Though it may not seem like a big deal, dust in arenas can have many negative impacts on health, performance, and overall look of your arena. Read on to find out why you should consider a low dust footing.

Health Effects

High concentrations of dust exposure for long periods of time can have negative effects on both human and equine health. Prolonged dusty conditions can contribute to serious conditions such as;

  • Asthma
  • Heaves
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Reduces Infection Fighting
  • Pneumonia

Minor irritation of the throat, lungs, eyes, and nasal passages can also occur.



Lowered Performance

In a highly dust saturated environment, in air oxygen levels are greatly reduced. This is bad news for a dusty arena, as studies show that horses need thirty times more oxygen during training or performance as opposed to their needs when at rest. Controlling dust in your arena can prolong the health and well being of your horses by ensuring they get the proper amount of oxygen. 

Geo Basic Footing Blend

GGT Footing can be used effectively in most arena environments such as for barrel racing, riding and training arenas, roping arenas, and other types of equine arenas. Our footing blend can offer;

  • Reduced Airborne Dust
  • High Water Storage Capability
  • Optimal Impact Resistance
  • Prevents Packing
  • Higher Slide Strength
  • Additional Stability

In addition, our footing blend can extend the lifetime of your arena surface for up to ten years. If you would like to know more about our uniqie footing blend for your horse arena, feel free to contact us

Topics: Reducing Dust