Horse Arena Drags

What to look for in an Arena Drag for a Synthetic Surface

Maintaining your footing with a compatible tool is one of the most important things that you can do to on a day-to-day basis to get the most out of your footing. A proper drag will also prolong the lifespan of the surface to protect your investment.

Let’s look at the most critical components that make a drag work well with a synthetic surface.

1. Drag can be raised and lowered so that the working depth can be adjusted.

2. At least one row of tines or thinner teeth – these will loosen up the footing and help keep the materials well mixed together. 

3. A roller on the back – the roller re-compresses the footing to leave a consistent & stable yet slightly fluffy surface layer for the ideal finish. Without a roller, the drag will leave a looser finish that is less ideal.

Here are some examples of drags that will not work with a synthetic footing

A chain drag is not a suitable option for maintaining a synthetic surface.

Rather than mixing the materials into the sand as desired, it will have a tendency to pull the fibers up out of the sand and they will end up bunched up on the surface.

Since one of the primary functions of synthetic additives are to bind the sand together, drags of this type, with a more aggressive blade or grading bar will not be able to work through the footing and will end up bunching it all together in a huge wedge.