This winter has been a frustrating one. our family moved to our own small farm almost 2 years ago, and between being pregnant and not having horses started yet, riding was something I did on and off for the pleasure. Now the baby is big enough, and the young horses have been started professionally, and I am ready to ride! However, because the soil here has a lot of clay in it, it is REALLY slick, so I cant ride in the pasture unless it is really dry, and as soon as it dries completely out, we get another snow storm.
This has lead to my husband and I looking into building an outdoor ring and round pen. We have a perfect place, mostly flat with a good slope already for drainage, and lots of sun. However, we live in eastern Colorado, where it isn’t unusual for the winds to be 25+ on a typical day. I’d hate to spend good money on footing only to watch it all blown away, and I was wondering if anyone can offer suggestions on a good base and top layer that is heavy and will stay with the wind blowing the way it does. Thanks for all advice!