Caring for your riding surface in the snow

When maintaining your riding arena, it is always important important to keep an eye on the weather forecast; and, if snow or frost is expected then your riding surface will require slightly different care and maintenance:

If a surface is slightly over compacted, then any surplus water will not drain through the material as easily. This causes a ‘backlog’ of moisture in the surface which can then freeze. This will apply to wax coated surfaces as well as dry materials.

  • Ideally you should maintain the surface with the tines of the maintenance machine ¼-½ inch deeper than usual. This will help any excess water disperse. It is more beneficial if this additional maintenance can be carried out at the time when the frost is catching.
  • The following morning, start by checking the surface. It may well be ready for a gentle maintenance pass to ease any ice crystals that may be in the surface.
  • Ideally any snow should be allowed to melt, however if necessity means that you have to use the arena when snow is present, common sense should prevail.   If it is a light 'dusting' then work very carefully, taking care not to work the snow deeper into the riding surface.
  • If there is a heavy cover of snow over the riding arena, then remove as much as you can carefully with a shovel.  If your equestrian surface was installed by Martin Collins, you might like to contact us when the weather has improved, and if required, arrange to get your arena inspected by a member of our team.
  • Do not use your maintenance equipment  to break up any snow or ice in or on the surface. This will cause your surface to become uneven in depth and compaction as well as increasing the likelihood of future freezing. It may also be detrimental to the components in the surface.

Contact us now for further advice and information on equestrian surfaces and riding arena maintenance equipment.


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