Stories of horses becoming unsound due to poor arena surface or footings are becoming more and more common. With this in mind, I decide to investigate and research into a surface that increases the longevity of our performance horses. I found one such surface and that’s through ELD (Equestrian Land Development). Not only did the proprietor, Todd Cunningham provided the material but he and his team built an incredible arena (I did not realise how important the base has to be). Once it was finished, Chester and I had a test ride. Walking onto the arena, you could feel the strength of the surface under you. The trot felt even better but it’s not until you canter, did you really feel the quality. No longer did I feel like Chester was sinking in or sliding around but instead we moved on top on the surface. What a feeling! Thank you Todd, I can see how the last 17 years in building arenas has paid off. One happy customer!