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Show Jumping Surfaces

Whether you’re out competing or simply training at home, a good show jumping surface should provide your horse with a safe and secure footing that helps to build confidence and improve performance. Injuries, such as ligament and tendon damage, are more likely to occur when jumping on an unsuitable equestrian surface than at any other time. This is mainly due to the increased upward and downward forces that are applied during landings, take-offs and when performing tight turns at speed. Investing in a high-quality riding surface, which provides the correct balance of stability, energy return and grip, will allow your horse to work to the best of its ability and help to reduce the risk of injury.

Surface Characteristics:


Surfaces should be firm enough to support the movement of the horse, whilst still being soft enough to aid shock absorption – minimising concussion to bones and joints.


A cushioning surface will distribute shock forces effectively, whilst still providing enough resistance under the hoof – allowing the horse to balance and move into the rollover phase.


A responsive arena surface will return energy to the horse at the same rate that it was applied – reducing the need for the horse to use its own energy to generate momentum.


Surfaces should provide enough grip to the horse to prevent slipping, but also allow the hoof to slide slightly upon landing – this helps to prevent jarring and absorbs shock.

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