Footing- An arena surface is somewhat deformable to absorb impact energy, yet sufficiently resilient to give the horse more spring. It allows the horse to move so that his hooves slide gently into the loading phase. It provides penetration during breakover as well as stability during push off. The ideal arena footing deters injuries in your horse and boosts performance. Anything resulting in an arena that you would describe as too deep, too hard, uneven, too loose, too dusty, shifting, rolling, and not draining. A poor arena footing will steal confidence and cause unsoundness – the damage might not happen within one ride, but the accumulation of days, weeks, months of riding on improper arena footing will take its toll and take your equine partner to the vet clinic, eventually.