I know I don't deserve it. I've been a terrible blogger. I'm way behind on my reading and commenting (and don't think I don't miss it - I do). But here's the thing. We really need to buy an arena rake right now. We need it to rake and level the turn outs we're building for our new facility, and when it's (the facility) built the rake will be used for raking the arena. From personal experience and also from the survey I did in 2011 I know that footing is the # 1 thing people are concerned about when picking a facility. Soooo..... there are hundreds of products on the the market. We have a small John Deere tractor (32 horse power). Do you have any advice for me regarding what the rake capabilities should be? Do you have any advice for me regarding a rake to buy (links? product specs?)? Here are a few things I've learned that I should think about, just as examples:
- We need to be able to host different disciplines, and this requires different depths of footing. Also, we've had an inquiry about dog agility and they want a fairly firm footing. So a rake that enables custom 'finishes' is needed
- It is very labour intensive and time consuming to hand shovel the built up footing along the side of the arena back into the worn 'track'. A rake that could pull the edge back into the track would be very appreciated.