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Equestrian Arena Maintenance

Maintenance is the key to the longevity of your surface from picking up dropping to keeping the arena level can put years on the life of the arena surface. A comprehensive piece of equipment does not have to cost a fortune and should be included in your budget when thinking about a new surface. Dry surfaces may need watering to keep them in prime condition over dry periods as the surface becomes less stable, however full stability will return as soon as the moisture content is back.

Also think about the equipment you are going to use to tow the equipment round your surface with, the ideal is a quad bike or small tractor. Call us for information on the equipment you should use and for your free maintenance schedule and plan.

Problems With Surfaces

Surfaces can have various problems from deep riding to 'locking up' and becoming too hard, which will lead to holding water through forming a 'pan layer'. We offer a comprehensive service to locate the problem and eradicate it through surface analysis and on site testing equipment. We solve many surface problems old and new each year, so please contact us today for advice on how to deal with a problematic surface and the best way forward.

Drainage Problems

Many arenas and gallops suffer from drainage issues and can become a real nightmare. Some of which can be easily solved and some of which require major works. Some common problems we come across are wrong materials being used in the base, like crushed concrete which seals up over time. Others include poor drainage system outlets and soak-a-ways being overwhelmed. In all of these cases it is vital you find out exactly what the problem is before spending and money on trying to rectify it. Often a simple survey can locate the problem and save lots of money so speak to us today regarding any drainage issues.

Surface Additives

Adding something to the surface can rejuvenate and solve problems with the surface. A high level surface requires elasticity and stability as well as an ability to hold moisture without showing visible signs.

We rejuvenate and bring back to life lots of surfaces a year from an old sand arena that is unusable to a tired waxed surface we have the equipment and products to put life back into the surface without the need for replacing the surface altogether saving you thousands of pounds. From our dual stabiliser consisting of pulverised nylon and rubber fleck to a cold spray gel we can transform any old surface

Common Questions, Issues & Answers

My sand surface becomes deep in the summer and to hard in the winter what can I do to eliminate this problem?

Your surface being sand alone relies on moisture content to stabilise it, when the moisture content is high during winter periods the surface is over compacted the oppersite occurs when the moisture level is low in summer periods it will lose its stability. Using synthetics to stabilize and hold moisture during the summer months is key and will hold the surface together the combination of using rubber crumb in the winter months will prevent the surface becoming dead.

We had a builder who used the wrong sand in our arena, it rides really deep and becomes unusable in summer do we need to replace it all?

This is a typical problem as there is so much confusion about silica sand. Sometimes we can blend the existing sand with a finer sand and use our dual stabiliser and get good results. The best advice would be to send us a sample and we will do some blending in house and give you the results.

My surface holds water but the drainage system seems to be working o.k?

If you have eliminated the drainage system the next thing to look at is the surface itself. Many sands form pan layers over a period of time which can stop water filtration, it may just be a case of turning the surface through. Try that next. If this works you could look at adding rubber fleck into the sand to prevent it forming again.

What is the difference between your dual stabiliser and others on the market?

We set out to make the best stabilising fibre on the market, 6 years ago we set out to make the best stabilising product on the market after using different types ourselves, and this took us to using micro fibres, as this allows us to get more nylon into the sand. We pulverise the fibre so we can get twice as much in, than a normal chipped carpet fibre or similar. Then we take it a step further, and blend it with small rubber fleck to provide life to the surface. Both of these elements create a better cohesive blend and prevent the fibre coming back out of the sand as we see with other fibres.