Most of us would probably imagine that one type of sand is very much like another, with no major differences between them, but this is actually not the case. Knowing the difference between the types 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 for both horse and rider.
Choosing the Wrong Sand
Some sand consists of round particles, which slip and slide between each other, creating a surface that is never truly stable. Moreover, small particles allow silt and dust to become trapped just below the surface, which, when subjected to periods of rain and heat, fuse together to form a hard rock-like structure. Landing on this following a fall from your horse would be similar to landing on tarmac. Equestrian sand, however, utilises silica sand which behaves very differently; in particular, angular particles create greater stability by allowing the grains to interlock, unlike rounded sands.
Silica Sand Means 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 and its appropriate grading.
Silica sand is quarried, graded and washed to ensure that it can be used for an appropriate purpose. Even silica sand quarried from the same area can be markedly different in size and quality, so the sand is carefully sieved and graded to ensure that the buyer achieves the results that they require. Equestrian surface suppliers then check that the sand they choose is fit for purpose and graded especially for equestrian use. Despite the many varieties of silica sand available, only a select few are considered appropriate for use as equestrian arena surfacing.
As trusted sellers of equine sand, Day Equestrian recommends that it should never be used on its own. Combining it with other materials such as stabilising fibres, rubber chippings or a combination of both ensures a good stable surface that just needs to be dampened regularly to keep it in tip-top condition. Alternatively, you can take advantage of our pre-mixed equestrian surfaces, which offer optimum ease of installation. For information on how to install a pre-mixed surface, please refer to our information guide.