How high off the floor of the stall should a hay rack be mounted?

Your hay rack can be hung about 4.5 to 5 feet off the ground, or where the bottom of the hay rack is about level with where the horse’s neck ties into the shoulder. The horse should be able to hold his head in a natural position and reach the hay rack. The horse should not have to reach up to get hay. If you hang the hay rack too low, there is the potential for the horse to get …

What is the best arena footing for reining and speed events? Can you use wood mulch type for these disciplines?

Many different types of arena footing materials are available depending on your price range and desired characteristics. One of the most affordable materials is stone dust, but it can be difficult to maintain as it is highly compactable. The most common arena material is sand, as it is relatively inexpensive and fairly easy to maintain. Many materials, such as lofting agents, soil, or clay, can be added to the sand to increase active recovery, retain moisture, and enhance cushion and …

What is the suggested lighting level for a covered outdoor riding arena?

The selection and placement of lighting depend on the size of the arena and the purpose. Standard lighting recommendations for private riding arenas are different from those for commercial riding facilities. Lumens are a measurement of light output and provide you with information on the perceived brightness in a space.
A foot candle (fc) is equal to a one lumen per square foot.
On the average, private arena lighting is 28.6 or rounded up to 30 lumens per square foot.…

How can I control mud in heavy traffic areas in my horse pastures and paddocks?

Some horse owners have been successful in dramatically reducing mud problems using a load-bearing material used in the highway industry that can be placed in high traffic areas—or, in other words, creating a sacrifice area. There are two basic types of materials: 1) geotextiles, which are a porous filter-type material, and 2) polyethylene-type plastic grid material. The area to be surfaced should be excavated to 6 to 8 inches in depth. Place 4 to 6 inches of No. 4 crushed …