on a sand track?with salt?nooooooooo,are you nuts?
We always had stondust tracks. I have read where salt can be added to outdoor sand arenas and roundpens, though.
After watching my father struggle trying to maintain farm tracks in the winter, I think the work required is just ridiculous and not worth it. Better to stable at a major facility with the proper equipment and manpower to handle the job. Or find an alternative method for keeping the horses in shape. I've worked out of an indoor arena these last 2 winters. Last year, while the horse was not ready to drop in the box off it, it didn't take long once returning to the track before he was. The 2 I have this year just came out of the field and have had about a month in the arena. The colt has been exercising all winter, goes 30 minutes, and barely gets hot where the others are sweating after 15 minutes. He's definitely ready for speed work. We'll see where we're at this week when we go back to the track tomorrow.