Did you know that all surfaces will freeze if they contain excess moisture?
We understand that it can be a challenge to maintain your riding arena during the winter, but a well-kept surface will help keep you training and reduce the risk of injuries.
The type of maintenance you perform will vary depending on your surface and the day-to-day conditions, but to make things a bit clearer, we’ve outlined some of the key points below:
Did you know that an overly compacted surface will restrict drainage?
Sand and Fibre Surfaces
Wax surfaces perform well during the winter because they have a lower freezing point than non-coated footings, but become overly compacted if not maintained correctly.
- Maintain your surface last thing at night to help prevent a build-up of frost
- Grade slightly deeper to prevent compaction and promote drainage
- Remove snow by hand, do not harrow it into the surface
Non-coated surfaces are susceptible to frost because they retain more moisture and have a higher freezing point. You should apply the same maintenance tips as above, but also:
- Use frost covers at night to provide additional protection and insulation
Did you know that rubber provides insulation when used on top of silica sand?
Sand & Rubber Surfaces
Rubber is frost-resistant and provides excellent protection when used as a surface topper, but the sand underneath will still freeze if it contains enough moisture.
- Maintain your surface as usual, unless covered in snow
- Remove snow by hand, do not mix it into the surface
- We recommend topping up your rubber in autumn, ready for winter
For further information regarding winter maintenance, please complete our contact form or call 0800 044 8101 to speak to a member of our friendly and knowledgeable team.