Sorry for dropping off the face of the planet - a five day business trip to Michigan isn't conducive to, well, anything.
I came back to the barn to something new!
THAT is our salvation this winter.
I have written before about our terrible indoor footing. How I feel bad for complaining about footing when I know I'm lucky to have an indoor at all. But it was sold to us six-ish years ago as this fancy lifetime dust-free arena footing, and within a couple of years, it had broken down badly. Choking dust no matter how much we watered it, and so deep and shifty there were areas of the arena we couldn't use. It caused Connor to lose all impulsion, and his work in the indoor is never great.
We reached out to the manufacturer, since it clearly was defective, and they were not helpful at all. They offered some additive for an additional $xx,xxx. Uh, no. So we avoided riding in the indoor unless we had to (so, November-March) and didn't complain, but it sucked.
(I will not publicly shame the first manufacturer, but if you are looking to buy footing ever, PM me and I'll tell you who to avoid.)
Then. This week.
|Not totally mixed in yet, but it will be - trainer is dragging it between every ride until it fully mixes and settles.|
This happened! A manufacturer worked with us to determine that this fluffy stuff would successfully mix into the busted footing to stabilize it and kill the dust. They did tests to make sure of it ahead of time. So bales of this stuff arrived and the manufacturer spent "a really long time" (multiple days) mixing and fixing it.
|Some fluff that landed on the wall.|
My thoughts are 1) It feels like I'm riding on top of the footing rather than through it like it felt before. and 2) We're actually going to be able to make Dressage progress this winter. I'm actually going to have impulsion in the indoor. 3) I actually enjoyed riding in the indoor for the first time ever.
|Trainer's thoughts: Look at the takeoff point! There are no huge holes, it's all still level after a whole lesson! I'm actually going to be able to hold jump lessons in here now.|
|They also mixed in a bale of stiffer green fluffy stuff in the more unstable spots.|
As if that wasn't enough (it was, really really it was) Christmas-in-October isn't over. They're also expanding the outdoor by maybe 12 feet down the long side and 10 feet down the short side! So we'll be able to set up the full Dressage ring in there now, as well as set some good courses.