The Value of River Sand for Horse Arenas
Horse-riding arenas carrying high traffic must have the right surface and support material to minimise dust build-up. Horse riders do not want to train in dusty conditions all day long. In addition, the condition of the horses is affected if arenas have high levels of dust. Such particles end up in the eyes of the animals, causing discomfort and even injury. In addition, dust particles usually find their way underneath the saddles where they settle on horses’ backs, causing skin irritation. If the animals experience discomfort, they tend to be more irritable and this can be both unpleasant and dangerous, not to mention bad for the animals’ health and stress levels.
Long-term exposure to dusty conditions can lead to chronic conditions such as silicosis. It is thus essential to choose the best quality of sand footing when buying river sand for your arena. Poor-quality river sand will likely still lead to dust build-up and to limit it, the riding surface must be watered down. However, too much water can damage the surface and with puddles on the arena surface, the footing becomes unstable, posing a risk to horse and rider. With the right combination of quality river sand and a firm footing, it is possible to ensure good drainage and level, even ride surfaces.
Keep in mind that dust build-up equals more maintenance and this means downtime. If the surface must be watered midway through a ride session, training time is lost. This equals financial loss, as fewer riders can use the equestrian facility in a day. Expensive sprayer systems may have to be installed to wet it uniformly; one cannot simply do it with a garden hose. With less dust, the arena is also more hygienic and this improves the training conditions for both riders and horses. The right surface starts with the selection of river sand of the best quality, which we supply in bulk to builders of horse-riding arenas in Gauteng.
A good arena surface has a top layer consisting of a multi-layer composite with the base raw material hard-packed to provide good support. The loose footing material is put on top of the support base. This footing should bind well with the support base in a process called knitting – this easily attained if the correct footing material is chosen. Speak to experts in horse-arena design before renovating existing arenas. For the supply of river sand, you can depend on us to meet the quality, quantity, and bulk-delivery requirements in Gauteng.