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Why do I need to water my arena surface?
Non-waxed silica sand-based riding surfaces need to be watered in order to keep them sufficiently firm and compacted. If allowed to dry out the sand will become increasingly loose or deep, putting unnecessary strain on the horse’s legs.
Can I use any type of silica sand for my surface?
Not all types of sand are suitable for use in equestrian surfaces. The chemical composition, particle shape and size of the sand determines how it will perform, so it’s important the sand you use is graded accordingly.
My surface is riding deep, what can I do?
Equestrian surfaces can ride deep for several reasons, determining why is the first step to finding the correct solution. We highly recommend speaking to our expert team, but in the first instance, try levelling and irrigating the surface.
How do I know if my surface needs topping up?
Ideally, you should include depth checks as part of your regular maintenance regime – recording all your measurements in a logbook. This will help you to easily identify when and where your arena surface is getting low.
Will my surface freeze?
Yes, surfaces that contain excess water will freeze during cold weather. Waxed surfaces have a lower freezing point and are generally more resilient to frost, however, they will still freeze during adverse conditions.