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Ground Hog Arena Tool

Looking to keep your riding arena in top condition? The Ground Hog Arena Tool is the perfect solution. This innovative tool can groom an arena ground in one pass, producing a consistent, safe result every time.

The Ground Hog Arena Tool is easy to use and perfect for grooming your arena for your horses and livestock. It’s the perfect way to keep your arena in top condition, so you can focus on enjoying your rides.

The Ground Hog, the world’s finest rodeo arena groomer, is available in seven different versatile sizes for category 1 and category 2 tractors and comes in four colors (blue, orange, black, and green). See the recommended horsepower chart for what size of unit works best with your tractor and arena.

Introducing the Ground Hog Arena Tool

The Ground Hog Arena Tool was designed in 1996 by our founder Raymond Lucas, who was an avid arena owner and was not satisfied with the arena grooming tools available on the market. Raymond desired to have one tool that could perfectly groom an arena ground. So, he developed his own.

This is his design and the one tool you need to groom your horse arena ground perfectly, every time. With its unique design, the Ground Hog Arena Tool can groom a horse arena ground in one pass, safely and flawlessly. This means you’ll get consistent results every time, without any of the guesswork or inconsistency that can come with other grooming methods. Plus, the Ground Hog Arena Tool is durable and built to last, so you can use it for years to come.

What happens when an arena isn’t dragged regularly

If a riding arena isn’t dragged regularly the sand or other footing material can become uneven and dangerous. This can have several negative effects on the riding surface:

  • It can cause the formation of ruts and other irregularities.
  • Any divots or footprints left behind aren’t spread out, creating an uneven and inconsistent surface.
  • Water starts to pool in low-lying areas and doesn’t drain like it would when an arena floor is dragged.

As a result, irregular dragging can create a dangerous and less enjoyable riding experience.

How often should an arena be dragged?

Riding arenas need to be dragged regularly. But how often should you drag your arena? It depends on a few factors, including how often you ride and the type of footing you have. For example, if you have a sandy footing, you’ll need to drag more often than if you have a grassy footing. In general, riding arenas should be dragged at least once a week, and more often (maybe daily) if they’re being used a lot. This will help to keep the footing in good condition and prevent the build-up of debris.

What kind of dirt is used in a horse arena

There are a few different types of rodeo arena dirt, and the type that is used depends on the rodeo event. For example:

  • Barrel racing dirt is typically a mix of sand and clay. This type of rodeo arena dirt is slippery, so it provides a challenge for the riders.
  • Roping dirt. This type of dirt is coarser than barrel racing dirt, so it doesn’t get as slippery. Roping dirt is also easier to shovel, so it’s often used in areas where there is a lot of foot traffic.

Whatever type of rodeo arena dirt is used, it’s important to make sure that the arena is well-groomed and free of debris. A well-maintained rodeo arena will help to create a safe and enjoyable environment for all riders.

The Ground Hog Helps Keep your arena safe for horses and riders

If you’re a horse or livestock owner, you know that riding arenas are an important part of their care. Not only do they provide a space for exercise and training, but they also offer a safe place to ride. However, arenas can also be dangerous if they’re not properly maintained. Rough surfaces can cause falls, and protruding objects can injure both riders and horses. That’s why it’s so important to regularly check and maintain the surface of your arena. Look for any potential hazards and repair them right away. By taking care of your riding arena, you can help to keep both you and your horses safe.

Whether you’re a professional equestrian or a hobbyist, the Ground Hog Arena Tool is the perfect solution for keeping your arena safe and getting your arena ground looking its best.

How the Ground Hog Works

The Ground Hog works like this: It has hydraulically operated ripper shanks to rework the dirt, while double grader blades evenly fill in holes left by horses. Then the Ground Hog’s finishing roller compacts and safe ground for competitors. The tool’s goal is all about creating a predictable arena floor so competitors can focus on their sport instead of their safety.

Multiple Uses

The Ground Hog Arena Tool isn’t just limited to rodeo arenas. It can also be used to drag winter-time feeding ruts in pastures, rework gravel on driveways, or used for landscaping purposes.

Ground Hog Options And Attachments

The Ground Hog comes in seven different versatile sizes for both category 1 and category 2 tractors: 5′, 6′, 7′, 8′, 9′, 10′, and 12′ models. Consult our horsepower chart to find the size of unit that works best with your tractor and arena. The Ground Hog also comes in four colors, blue, orange, black, and green. View all the options in our Ground Hog brochure.

The Ground Hog also has an available watering system attachment. The Ground Hog Watering System works to control dust, maintain the moisture in an arena’s surface, and keep an arena’s surface safe and injury-free. The watering system is now available to be mounted on 7′, 8′, 9′, 10′, & 12′ Ground Hog Arena Tool models. In addition, the watering system is available in three colors, blue, green, and black.

Order your Ground Hog Arena Tool today!

See The Ground Hog In Action!

Ground Hog Initial Attachment & Set Up

Ground Hog Adjustments After First Run

Ground Hog Roller Bearing Maintenance

Ground Hog Leveling Windrows

Ground Hog Adjustments In The Arena

Ground Hog Final Adjustments & Maintenance

Ground Hog Ripper Point Shanks Maintenance

Ground Hogs Are Built To Last!


Designed by an arena owner and father and grandfather of nationally renown barrel racers, the Ground Hog was designed in 1996, to provide a total solution for arena grooming with one tool that would produce one consistent result every drag, with just one pass.

The time and effort it took using other tools such as rakes, harrows, discs, plows, and other methods of arena grooming were not efficient. When dealing with speed horses the footing is of the essence to keep the horse sound and to achieve the best performance. The Ground Hog provides the most versatile tool for speed horses, rodeo producers, rodeo associations, and arena owners.

Lucas Metal Works, Building Metal, Ochelata, OK