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Pre-mixed Surfaces Vs. Mixing On-site

When you choose to install a ‘mixed’ arena surface, you usually have a choice between two different options. You can either buy the materials ‘pre-mixed’ or arrange for them combined at the time of installation – but which is the better option?

Pre-mixed Equestrian Surfaces

Our pre-mixed equestrian surfaces are made with care and precision, in a computer-controlled environment, to ensure that each square metre of footing contains the same amount of high-quality fibre. This means you’ll receive a surface that has fibres mixed throughout the entire depth of the footing, unlike other mixed on-site options. Stabilising fibre helps to create a smooth, comfortable and supportive ride by mimicking the root structures commonly found in turf.

Pre-mixed surfaces are quick and easy to install and require minimal maintenance to keep them at their optimum performance level. Due to their even and consistent composition, these surfaces help to reduce any risk of the horse slipping, tripping or suffering an injury. In comparison, surfaces that are mixed in-situ can quickly show signs of irregularity and will require more maintenance to keep them performing at their best.

We go to great lengths to ensure that our riding arena surfaces are safe and fit for purpose, offering both horse and rider high levels of performance, even under the most challenging conditions. Whether you’re a dressage diva, top-class show jumper or racing enthusiast, our pre-mixed surface solutions will provide you and your horse with unparalleled levels of stability, cushioning and support.

Mixed On-Site Surfaces

It may seem like a good option to arrange for your surface materials to be delivered separately and mixed together on-site but choosing this method could end up costing you more than expected.

A mixture of sand and fibre has a lower density than sand used on its own, so it’s highly likely that you’ll need more sand than you anticipated. This can cause delays to your construction schedule, as you’ll have to wait for further deliveries.

When selecting to mix the surface on-site, rather than buying a pre-mixed option, you risk damaging the geotextile membrane that separates the arena surface from the drainage stone. Not only will this cost you extra time and money to repair, but there is also a high possibility that the underlying hardstone will have contaminated the arena surface, causing further delays. When mixing on-site you will be unable to achieve a completely even mix across the whole arena, causing inconsistencies in the performance of the surface.