Arena planner

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Riding track roller with crumbling roller when preparing a tournament floor

A riding arena planner, a riding arena train or a riding arena roller is a device for loosening up and leveling the riding surface of a riding hall or a riding arena .


There are numerous types of arena planners and trains that are suitable for different riding surfaces . Depending on your needs, there is a choice between riding arena planners who can re-densify the arena in different ways after loosening and leveling it. This is very important because not all equestrian sports require the same riding surface and therefore special care.

As a rule, the track planner should be made robust, as it has to be used several times a day depending on the frequency of use of the riding surface. It consists of tines arranged like a comb, which penetrate the soil and loosen it, and a leveling blade or rollers arranged behind it in the direction of movement for leveling and re-compacting the loosened soil. The planner can also have a guide roller on one side with which he is guided along the gang without damaging it and a plow-like crowd to move the ground away (rider jargon "hoofing"), which is achieved by riding on the Gang piles.

In addition to the standard track planners, there are also versions with height adjustment, with and without wheels, with mesh / crumbling rollers, rubber rollers or a screed for further crushing lumps of sand. The planners' suspension devices are also different. There are, for example, devices for car trailer balls, tractors , garden tractors and quads as well as for clamping behind horses.

Device types

Railway planner

Arena planner

The arena planner built as standard is best suited for classically structured sandy soils. It consists of tines with which the soil is loosened and a flat shield that ensures that the bumps are straightened again. This type of planner is usually attached to a tractor with a three-point connection .

Train train

Reitbahnschleppe with sprinkling

The Reitbahnschleppe is a perfect solution for the changed design of today's riding arenas. It straightens the upper layer of the riding arena without damaging the sensitive substructure. There are many different types of arena drag, but basically they are all similar to the arena planner. The big difference is that the train has a greater precision than the planner and is therefore better suited for modern riding arenas that are built, for example, from a sand / fleece mixture. There are also so-called combi-towing, which, in addition to straightening, also have an irrigation function. The Reitbahnschleppe has several towing devices, such as the three-point connection for tractors, car trailer balls for garden tractors, quads and cars.

Web roller

Riding track roller with rubber rollers in use in a riding arena

The riding track roller is well suited for all types of riding surfaces, because it consists of tines that stir up the ground, a flat shield that straightens the ground and a roller that ensures that the riding surface is compacted again. There are different versions of the riding track roller, but the basic principle is the same everywhere. It depends on the roller, how big, how heavy it is, whether it is rubberized or not. As with the Reitbahnschleppe, there are also various trailer devices here, but the most commonly used is the car trailer ball for quads or off-road vehicles.


  • Manfred Fischer: Care and maintenance of pedal surfaces in riding arenas and outdoor arenas, in Building Letters Agriculture No. 49 - Horse keeping, Deutsche Landwirtschaftsverlag, Hanover, p. 126.f
  • Gerlinde Hoffmann: Orientation aids riding facilities & stable construction, FN Verlag Warendorf 2009, p. 141, ISBN 978-3-88542-740-7

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