Dragging in a figure eight pattern helps to shift deep footing to worn out areas. Start by turning down the center then cut across back to the long wall at the 1/2 way point changing directions to start the next loop. After completing the first figure eight move over by one notch to start the next one.
Dragging lengthwise helps to level off the footings and firm up the ends of the arena. Start by turning through the center half way down the short wall to create a long rectangle then move down by one notch with each new pass through the center till all the footing has been smoothed out.
Dragging by working circles through the center of the arena pulls ruts out of the rail. Start by turning through the center half way down the long wall to create your first circle then move down by one notch with each new circle until you have covered the whole arena.
Dragging in squares is an alternate pattern that pulls material from the rails to the center. Changing the direction of your pattern every time is important to work the dirt in a different direction and work out more hard spots.