How to Maintain your Pre-mixed Surface
Your riding arena surface is a substantial investment, so keeping it maintained throughout the year should be an indispensable part of your routine. In this short guide, we’ll be outlining a few of our top recommendations for keeping your surface in peak condition.
Newly installed non-waxed surfaces will benefit from rain or irrigation to help them settle down. Once they have, they will need to be kept damp to ensure the fibres remain well blended within the surface.
It is very important not to churn up the surface while it is in the settling down period. We do not recommend lunging or jumping until the surface is firm enough.
Use a grading tool with tines to grade the surface and crumbler rollers to compact the surface. Regularly move jumps and other obstacles when grading.
Grade your surface regularly to prevent tracking and banking. Pay attention to the corners and outside track. We recommend using different grading patterns and directions.
Ensure you have the correct grader for your surface. We recommend Arena Mate graders for our pre-mixed surfaces as these have crumbler rollers and adjustable tines.
Periodically check the depths of your surface using a depth probe – taking remedial action if any areas become too thin.
Manure and leaves should always be removed from the surface. These break down and will cause dust and drainage problems.
If there is going to be a frost, we recommend grading your surface last thing at night and again first thing in the morning. This will encourage any excess moisture in the surface to drain away, helping to prevent freezing. Heavily compacted surfaces will freeze the most.
Please note that this is general maintenance information and individual circumstances should always be taken into account.