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The Importance of Good Quality Silica Sand

Most of us would probably think that one type of sand is very much like another, but this is actually not the case. Knowing the difference between the types of silica sand may not be of great interest to the majority of people – but when it comes to the use of equestrian sand, getting it wrong could result in severe injuries to both horse and rider.

Choosing the Wrong Sand

Some sand consists of round particles that slip and slide against each other, creating a surface that is never truly compact or stable. Moreover, these small particles allow silt and dust to become trapped just underneath the surface of the sand, which fuse together when subjected to periods of rain or heat, forming a hard rock-like structure – landing on this following a fall from your horse would be similar to landing on concrete!

Equestrian grade silica sand behaves very differently thanks to its sub-angular particles. Sand grains of this shape allow the particles to interlock and compact, creating an arena surface with far greater stability.

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Quality Control

You can find horse arena sand for sale from numerous suppliers around the UK. Choosing a reputable supplier is important as they will hold all the necessary documentation to show where the sand originates from, including its appropriate grading.

Silica sand is quarried, graded and washed to ensure that it can be used for a specific purpose. Even sand that has been mined from the sand source can be remarkably different in size and quality – so it’s important that the material is sieved and graded to achieve the required results.

Reputable equestrian surface suppliers will always confirm that the sand they choose is fit for purpose and graded specifically for equestrian use. Despite the many varieties of silica sand available, only a select few are considered appropriate for use in equestrian arena surfacing.

Silica Sand Surfaces

As trusted sellers of equine sand, we recommend that silica sand should never be used as a stand-alone riding surface. Combining it with other materials, such as Daytec™ stabilising fibre, rubber chippings or both, ensures a stable surface that only requires occasional irrigation to keep it performing at its best.

Alternatively, you can take advantage of our pre-mixed equestrian surfaces which are quick and easy to install and available either waxed or non-coated.

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