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The Ultimate Guide to Horse Arena Precision Grooming Equipment

by Amélie Simon

Have you ever seen a perfectly groomed horse arena and wondered how it was possible? The answer lies in precision grooming equipment. Using the right tools can help maintain the perfect surface for riding, training, and competitions. In this blog, we will go through everything you need to know about horse arena precision grooming equipment.

Drag Mats

Drag mats are the most basic and essential tool for maintaining the surface of an arena. They are used to level the surface, remove bumps, fill the gaps, and break up any hard spots. Drag mats come in different sizes and materials, but the most common ones are chain-link, mesh, and bar mats. The type of mat you use depends on the type of footing you have (sand, dirt, or clay).

Grooming Brushes

Unlike drag mats that are used for deep grooming, grooming brushes are used for daily maintenance. They are designed to sweep the surface of the arena, remove the debris, and smoothen the sand. There are different types of brushes you can use, such as soft brushes, stiff bristle brushes, and rubber curry combs. Choose a brush depending on your horse's footing and the type of maintenance you want to do.


Rollers are used to compact the arena's surface after grooming. They smooth out the track and reduce the air pockets that might cause dangerous holes on the surface. Rollers come in different sizes, materials, and shapes. The most common ones are made of steel, rubber, or plastic. Choose a roller depending on the size of your arena and the type of footing you have.

Watering System

Watering your arena is an essential step to keeping the footing in its best condition. A well-watered arena reduces dust, enhances the grip, and prevents the footing from getting too hard or too loose. There are different types of watering systems you can use, such as overhead sprinklers, underground sprinklers, and the manual hose. Choose a watering system depending on your needs, the size of your arena, and the water source you have.

Arena Drags

Arena drags are grooming machines that combine various tools to perform deep grooming on the surface. They are designed to distribute the footing evenly, break up hard spots, and smoothen the surface. Arena drags come in different sizes, shapes, and materials. The most common ones are the harrow drag, the rotary drag, and the box scraper. Choose an arena drag depending on your arena's size, type of footing, and the level of grooming you want to do.