When you choose to install a mixed-surface arena, you usually have a choice of options – you can buy the pre-mixed arena surface or arrange for it to be mixed at the time of installation. But which is the better alternative, and why?
Mixing the Surface in Situ
It may seem a good option to arrange for your surface to be delivered as separate materials that can then be mixed on-site, but choosing this method could end up costing you more than you expected. This is because a mixture of fibre and sand has a lower density than sand used on its own, so it’s highly likely that you will need more sand than you anticipated. This can cause delays as you wait for further deliveries so that you can continue creating your new arena surface. Additionally, when selecting to mix the surface on-site rather than opting for a pre-mixed arena surface, you run the very real risk of damaging the all-important membrane which keeps your surface completely separate from your base. Not only will this cost you extra time and trouble as you repair or replace the membrane, but you could also find that some of the hardcore becomes mixed into your surface, which will cause further delays and potentially push the cost up even higher. Moreover, when you opt for a non-mixed arena surface which is then mixed on-site, you will be unable to achieve a completely even mix throughout the arena. An uneven mix of materials leads to variability in the ride and a dearth of fibres up to the edges of your arena, meaning that it will always have some degree of compromise.
Choosing a Pre-mixed Equestrian Arena Surface
Our pre-mixed equestrian surface is carefully created in a controlled environment, with great attention to ensuring that each square metre of the surface contains the same amount of fibre, which makes for a smooth and comfortable ride. You will achieve 100% of the total depth needed for your arena without any fear of variability throughout the surface even right up to the edges of your arena, where most surfaces show some sign of degradation in quality. Our high-quality pre-mixed equestrian surface reduces any risk of your horse tripping, slipping or suffering an injury, which can occur all too easily when riding on an unevenly mixed surface. We go to great lengths to ensure that our riding arena surfaces are fit for purpose and able to respond to the challenging demands of numerous different equine disciplines, whether you’re a dressage diva, a top-class show jumper or a racing enthusiast. Our pre-mixed arena surface uses fibres to provide stability, cushioning and responsiveness that supports your horse’s delicate tendons and ligaments, keeping both of you safe at all times with the minimum of maintenance required to keep the surface in peak condition.