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Dressage Surfaces

A good dressage surface should be highly responsive, with the correct balance of firmness, cushioning and elasticity, to aid rotation and lateral movements without any loss of energy or stability. Riding on surfaces that are too hard can dramatically increase the risk of bone and joint injuries, whilst manège surfaces that are too soft can increase fatigue and cause repetitive strain injury. By investing in a high-performance dressage surface, horse and rider can train on a safe and secure footing that helps to build confidence and enhance harmony.

Surface Characteristics:

Firmness

Surfaces should be firm enough to support the movement of the horse, whilst still being soft enough to aid shock absorption – minimising concussion to  bones and joints.

Cushioning

A cushioning surface will distribute shock forces effectively, whilst still providing enough resistance under the hoof – allowing the horse to balance and move into the rollover phase.

Responsiveness

A responsive arena surface will return energy to the horse at the same rate that it was applied – reducing the need for the horse to use its own energy to generate momentum.

Grip

Surfaces should provide enough grip to the horse to prevent slipping, but also allow the hoof to slide slightly upon landing – this helps to prevent jarring and absorbs shock.

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