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Part 5: Equine White Surfaces Paper (FEI, April 2014)
15/05/2015 12:45:00

Equine Surface Additives reviewed. Part 5 of a series summarising its findings

The world’s most extensive study into the effect of equine arena surfaces, on the orthopedic health of sport horses in the seven FEI disciplines and in racing was published by the FEI in April 2014.

The Equine Surfaces White Paper was the result of a four-year collaboration between eight equine experts from six universities, three equine and racing-specific research and testing centres and two horse charities in Sweden, the UK and the USA.  It brings together the latest data and published scientific papers on turf and riding arena surfaces, and the effects these have on horses in training and in competition.

Here we look at its findings  in respect of Additives for riding arena sand (fibre and textile, fibre mix considerations)

The ongoing development of riding arena surfaces in recent years has lead to a diverse range of equine surfaces currently on the market, as well as a range of additives which can be mixed to riding arena sand to enhance the surface depending on the overall purpose of the equestrian arena.

Types of Equine Surface Additives:

These can include:
  • sand/rubber
  • PVC (polyvinylchloride)
  • synthetic or natural fibres
  • cloth
  • felt strips

Benefits of adding polymer, natural fibres or rubber particles

The White Paper outlines a range of potential benefits as follows:
  • adding elastic recovery from impact
  • reducing impaction
  • improving stability by providing a ‘root-like’ structure
  • improving bulk density
  • increasing impact and shear resistance
  • reducing dust
  • extending the longevity of the arena
Additives will also impact on water retention and, overall, introducing the right additives should make the arena more cost effective.

Consult the equine surface experts

Martin Collins Enterprises is the UK's top equestrian surface manufacturer and installer, with a growing international operation and prides itself on setting the winning standard in equine surfaces.
The Martin Collins range of surfaces uses its Clopf fibre additive, for use with high grade silica sand, to add root structure and to to allow horses to work on top of the surface.  It improves the stability of the surface to give rider and horse more confidence and provides good drainage and perfomance in all weather conditions.  

Founded by Martin Collins over 30 years ago, its equestrian origins remain at the heart of the business today. The company provides a full construction service and undertakes projects which range from the single horse owner to large commercial projects, both racing and equestrian.

The Martin Collins Group has a proven track record for quality, durability & performance and an after sales service that is second to none.  It continues to invest in sophisticated testing equipment, scientific research and product development to provide the best level of support to the equine industry. Click here

to see its full range of equine surface or contact the team now to find out more.

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