Neglecting maintenance will shorten your arena’s life. High traffic areas will tend to compact down, or the topping material will be flicked to one side. Ignore it for too long and you’ll find your horses working on the compacted sublayer.
Traffic wear is easily dealt with when tackled early, with a light harrow-like device that will not only redistribute the material, but penetrates a little, helping to loosen any compaction.
Given the gradient placed on an arena, the tendency is for the sand or other surface material to slowly but surely migrate to the outside.
If you ignore this tendency for too long, your only option will be to get a small excavator with a split bucket to gently scrap it back towards the crown.
We are always on call when you need on going maintenance.