Footing bonanza or waste of time?

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Footing bonanza or waste of time?

Postby goneriding » Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:06 am

I've been offered a free truckload of rubber mulch that a guy pulled from his yard. My first thought is, score!, arena footing! But I'm not sure what to do with it. I have an arena that has shredded wood footing over compacted dirt, so not sure rubber is a good addition to that. I have an indoor round pen that is mostly dirt with some sand. I don't really use it, and it needs some work, the dirt has gotten banked and compacted against the walls. I also have an outdoor round pen with mostly sand/a bit of dirt, and an outdoor arena with mix of sand a dirt. The outdoor arena is really big, 130 x 200, so probably one pickup load of rubber would not make a dent.

So now I'm wondering if this stuff is even useful to me? It seemed like such a score lol. Any ideas for this stuff?

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Re: Footing bonanza or waste of time?

Postby Chisamba » Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:39 am

Indoor round pen. Maybe? Since you say it needs help

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Re: Footing bonanza or waste of time?

Postby Benatus » Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:03 pm

Two places I believe boarded bought the gargantuan bags of chipped rubber. They loved it. The current place really didn’t buy enough so it really didn’t make a diff, nor do they do the arena with regularity, so it’s not the win it was at the place I am at now.

I don’t know if it’s the same stuff. What guarantees do you have that there is no metal, etc in it?

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Re: Footing bonanza or waste of time?

Postby texsuze » Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:56 pm

Trails or footpath?

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Re: Footing bonanza or waste of time?

Postby Tarlo Farm » Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:25 pm

Why did a guy have a yard full of rubber? Or are you from the UK so the word "yard" means "stable yard"? What kind of rubber is it; old tennis shoes, or tires, or...?

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Re: Footing bonanza or waste of time?

Postby goneriding » Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:37 am

Yard as in lawn around the house, it was used as mulch in his planting beds. Like this stuff https://rubbermulch.com/collections/rub ... andscaping. I thought it would be perfectly useful as an arena footing additive. But now I'm not sure any of my arenas are right for it...

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Re: Footing bonanza or waste of time?

Postby Moutaineer » Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:44 am

I tried this with the footing from under the swing set at a neighbor's house.

A pick up truck full of crumb rubber makes a pathetically small pile once you shovel it out into the arena.

And it was full of dirt.

Not a success, I would say.

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Re: Footing bonanza or waste of time?

Postby Fatcat » Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:29 pm

I would be very careful of rubber mulch that wasn't meant for arena footing. It could very well have nails or other metal in it. I'd pass.
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Re: Footing bonanza or waste of time?

Postby goneriding » Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:08 am

Moutaineer wrote:I tried this with the footing from under the swing set at a neighbor's house.

A pick up truck full of crumb rubber makes a pathetically small pile once you shovel it out into the arena.

And it was full of dirt.

Not a success, I would say.


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