Installing footing yourself is a great option for saving money and is not difficult to do, provided you follow the steps outlined below.
TruTex Footing is only providing the product to you. You are assuming the responsibility of installing the product, sand procurement, blending, watering, and maintenance. These steps are critical to the success of your installation and continued footing quality. TruTex will always do our best to provide the information for your successful installation. However, there is no implied warranty that things will be 100% perfect.
Your footing will be delivered on pallets, which can be moved using either a forklift or tractor with a fork attachment.
Alternatively, you can move the bales individually using the bucket on your tractor as shown in the video in this guide.
Your TruTex Footing will be packaged in highly compressed bales that are tied with a steel wire banding.
A heavy-duty set of wire cutters will be required to cut the banding.
Be sure to remove all wiring from the arena immediately.
Using a manure spreader helps to save time and labor but if a spreader is unavailable, it is possible to spread the bales by hand.
The fibers need to be fully broken apart in order to blend into the sand properly.
After spreading, be sure to break up any remaining clumps of fibers before watering.
After spreading, rake any stray fibers in about 6″ from the edges of the arena boards or fencing to ensure the tiller will be able to reach them for blending.
This stage is crucial to ensure that the fibers will bond with the sand correctly.
Water the fibers thoroughly until very moist but not muddy.
A rototiller is an ideal tool for blending the fibers into the sand.
At the recommended 3″ sand depth, blend the fibers into the upper 2″-2.5″ of the sand ensuring that the tiller does not touch your arena base whatsoever.
It will take several passes with the tiller before the fibers are blended sufficiently.
If you find that the fibers are not bonding with the sand enough and are staying up on the surface it is most likely that they are too dry. Add more water and then continue with the tilling process.
A compatible drag, with a roller component is essential for best results out of your footing.
After the tilling stage, your footing will be very fluffy and contain a lot of air so we recommend setting the tines on your drag very shallow and focusing on rolling the footing for the next few days in order to re-compress and stabilize the surface.
At this stage, the footing will be ready to ride on right away and over the next several weeks, you will notice that it even continues to improve further and become more stable as the root system created by the fibers becomes fully established.
We absolutely LOVE 💕 receiving all your “before & after” installation photos as it’s so exciting to see the arena transformations happening all over the country. Your feedback after riding on it for a while and feeling the horses’ 🐴 response to it is extremely important to us so Please Please continue to send in any pics and feedback that you’d be willing to share and we are also here to answer any questions you may have both before or after adding TruTex fibers to your riding arena.