Ken Caryl Equestrian Riding Facility

Dirt Dogs Excavating is proud to have helped build 2 new horse arenas for the Ken Caryl Equestrian Riding Facility. These 2 new horse arenas we installed are ovals. 160′ x 110′ and 150′ x 75. They have a sand footing with 2.5 ” thick on top of crushed rock drainage system built in. It took about 2 weeks to complete this lovely job. In case you’re not familiar…Ken Caryl is a pretty swanky area on the west side of Denver – just south of Red Rocks. The facility we worked is a breath taking location surrounded by sandstone cliffs and eye popping views. The horses are happy. The owner is happy. And we’re happy to have another job well done! (As usual.) I my rear view mirror…as we drove away I’m pretty sure I saw the owner  shedding a few tears as they waved goodbye. People love what we do and hate to see us leave! We have that effect on our clients! Give us a ring if you might want to shed a few tears of happiness over your new horse arena too!

Horse Arena Excavation in Brighton, CO

Dirt Dogs Excavation created yet another horse arena masterpiece! We took a beat up, worn out, nasty old pasture and carved out a glorious work of art that made the horse owner whinny with glee! This project brought us up north of Denver into Brighton, CO. We hauled in 20 trucks of fine crusher to help with drainage plus 8 loads of sand for the footing. Of course we used our now famous laser-leveling system to make this arena a super smooth surface to tickle those horse tootsies. How long did it take you ask? If I told you we got it all done in one week – that would be the truth. Was the owner happy? The only one happier….was her horse.


Arena Sand

Need excavation for a horse arena in Colorado? Look no further…we’re the experts. We’ve built a zillion of ’em! We know what to do and how to do it so your horse will be happy and smooth-riding. We recently finished another large outdoor arena out here in Franktown. The footing is two and a half inches of washed concrete sand and (as you can see from the photo) – it’s smoother than a beach and super-soft on those horse footsies.

Drainage Excavation

Dirt Dogs Excavation are experts in handling drainage issues. We recently completed a the drainage system which was installed for a 60 ft equestrian round pen in Elizabeth, Colorado. The center, or radius point is 6 in higher in elevation than the edges. We do this to ensure there is no “ponding.” The sand footing will be installed next. If you’ve got drainage and runoff problems affecting your property or driveway give us a call…we can help!

Clay base for Horse Arenas

Installing clay base for horse arenas is one of our specialties here at Dirt Dogs Excavation.  This is a 4 inch hard clay base which has been laser leveled and rolled for compaction. This creates a hard surface but still has enough ” bite” to keep the surface from being slick. It keeps the dirt sub-base permanently separated from the sand which  is now ready for the sand footing to be installed.  When you want the best surface for your horses to train and prance around on – you can’t get much better than this. Of course we would invite your calls if you’re in need of excavating or sprucing up your Colorado horse arena!

Horse Arena Sand

This is the first load of six to of washed arena sand to be installed on an indoor horse arena in Franktown, Colorado. Early last year there was nothing here but rocks and bare ground just begging for a beautiful commercial horse barn to be built. We excavated the site for the barn pad to start off. Then, after the arena was built we brought in clay for the sub-base, leveled it perfectly (as usual) and then drum rolled it so flat you could play pool on it. Now, came the fun part…we brought in 6 loads of washed arena sand – via a side dump truck (you see in the photo). Each load of this sand weighs 23 tons so that’s a total of 138 tons of sand. For the final touch, we smoothed this sand over the arena using our famous laser-leveling technology.

Was the owner happy did you ask? He did 23 cartwheels and a back flip – one after the other! Just kidding. But he was VERY happy with us and if you want a reference from him or other clients of ours just give Dirt Dogs Excavation a call and we’ll load you up with lots of amazing references from clients all over Franktown, Douglas County, Elizabeth and lots of other places nearby!

Indoor Equestrian Arena – Franktown

It may be hard to imagine a nicer equestrian arena than this huge one we worked on in Franktown, Colorado. Dirt Dogs Excavation has worked on countless horse arenas in Colorado but this one frankly takes the cake.

Dirt Dogs Excavation excels at equestian arena and horse barn excavation services in Colorado. And we used our secret weapon…our super duper laser leveling machine to provides absolutely smooth and level finish for our final touch.

Indoor Arena

This indoor horse Arena in Franktown was a massive arena we built for a customer in Franktown. As you might be able to tell, this was a multi-million dollar job. We used our special laser leveling machine to get that perfectly smooth and level finish grade.

Oh….what about that handsome guy in the arena? Well… when  you hire Dirt Dogs Excavation for YOUR horse arena or excavation project you’ll get your chance to meet him in person! Rumor has it – that he’s a amazingly talented and wonderful guy and the best excavator in Franktown, Colorado AND anywhere else in the front range of Colorado.

Horse Barn Finish Grade

Dirt Dogs Excavating just finished the finish grade on this dandy of an equestrian (some say… horse barn). For this project we did the finished grade with road base out in front. We built the barn pad then after the barn was built we came back and did final grade and road base around it. Yes, it’s a pretty barn and it’s an amazing location but most people comment on our amazing finish grade first. Or…if they don’t comment on it – they should – because they are simply missing out on one the best parts of this first class horse barn. Because if the ground around it was all lumpy and messed up…that would be unsightly and probably cause drainage problems and other issues. But the horse barn owner is thrilled…the horses are happy and we are too!

Where is this horse barn you ask? It’s in scenic Larkspur, Colorado in Douglas county. Give us a ring on one of those hi-tech phones and let us give you a free quote on your horse barn finish grade or any other project that needs expert earth moving professionals!

Finishing off the Horse Arena Footing

We just finished off a beautiful horse arena in Douglas County, Colorado by adding  2 1/2 inches of sand footing spread evenly over the clay Sub-base. The arena is about 75′ x 175′ and is going to make a couple horses happier than most people as they ride around inside on the perfect footing we just laid down. We have been working on this horse arena for some time doing excavation finish work on the outside plus laying down the clay sub base. The clay is great for a horse arena because we’ll laser level it so its perfectly flat and over time the clay will pack down hard and retain its flat shape. We trucked in 175 tons of sand and smoothed it all perfectly to create the beautifully finished riding surface you see in the photo.

Yes, yes…we know the horses will love it but most of all the horse owner loves it which keeps us in business.  If you happen to have horses that might need some ground in your horse arena that’s foot friendly…give Dirt Dogs Excavating a call!