Equestrian arenas and surfaces are a major investment for stable owners, riding clubs and private horse owners. With the growth of equestrian sport in recent decades, both in terms of financial turnover and number of participants, demands on and expectations on equestrian surfaces have increased. Surfaces are expected to promote both performance and soundness.
WHAT IS A GOOD RIDING SURFACE?
The Science Behind the Sand
Arena Surface Characteristics
An ideal arena going allows a horse to move efficiently through the three phases i.e. landing, loading and rollover. (See Image) The surface should reduce concussion, absorb shock, provide support and return energy back to the horse. To accomplish this, the surface should have;
Most existing riding arenas can be cost effectively rehabilitated to develop an optimal riding surface.