Premixed Surfaces Versus Mixing-in-situ
When buying a sand and fibre surface, you will need to decide between purchasing the materials’ premixed’ or arranging for them to be combined during installation – but which is the better option?
Premixed Equestrian Surfaces
Generally, premixed surfaces are quicker and easier to install than mixed in situ options and require minimal maintenance to keep them at their optimum performance level. In comparison, mixed in situ footings can quickly show signs of irregularity and require more care and attention. Surfaces that have been premixed are also more even and consistent, which helps reduce the risk of your horse slipping, tripping or sustaining an injury.
At Day Equestrian, we produce our premixed riding surfaces with care and precision using state-of-the-art equipment. This process ensures that each square metre of footing contains the same amount of high-quality stabilising fibre, which helps create a smooth and supportive surface by mimicking the root structures commonly found in turf.
We go to great lengths to ensure that our riding arena surfaces are safe and fit for purpose, offering both horse and rider excellent performance, even under the most challenging conditions. Whether you’re a dressage diva, top-class showjumper or racing enthusiast, our premixed surface solutions will provide you and your horse with unparalleled stability, cushioning and support.
It may seem like a good option to arrange for your surface materials to be delivered separately and combined during installation, but choosing this method could ultimately cost more.
A mixture of sand and fibre has a lower density than sand used on its own, so you’ll need more than if using a premixed option. If this isn’t calculated correctly, you risk causing delays to your construction schedule as you’ll have to wait for further deliveries to arrive.
When adding fibre to sand in situ, you risk damaging the geotextile membrane that separates the arena surface from the drainage layer. If damaged, the underlying stone will likely contaminate the arena surface, costing you extra time and money to repair. With this in mind, you will be unable to achieve a thoroughly even mix across the whole arena, causing inconsistencies in the performance of the surface.