Discover how our surfaces are made

By Equestrian Surfaces Ltd

09 Mar 2023

Surfaces Desktop

Here at Equestrian Surfaces, it isn’t by chance that we have been manufacturing world-class equine surfaces for over three decades. Rather, it’s a testament to the passion and expertise that goes into every surface we create. 

For over 35 years, we’ve dedicated ourselves to fine-tuning and perfecting the art of producing great equestrian surfaces, resulting in a reputation for reliability and longevity that is second to none. 

So, let’s dive in and take a closer look at how our award-winning surfaces are made…

Quarrying the sand

At Equestrian Surfaces, we only use high-grade, multi-washed silica sand sourced locally from our local quarry in Cheshire. Whilst you could be forgiven for assuming that all sand is the same, there are subtle differences in sand variations that can have significant consequences on the quality of your surface, your riding experience, and, ultimately, your horse’s health.

Not only does our high-grade, multi-washed silica sand increase the longevity of our surfaces, but thanks to the low silt and clay content, it reduces the likelihood of your surface becoming dusty. A dusty surface can be bothersome for horses, riders and spectators alike.

Similarly, the sub-angular shape of the sand particles in our multi-washed silica sand interlock and compact together, creating a sturdy and secure surface that offers you and your horse stability whilst riding.

Once quarried, the sand is transported three minutes up the road to our mixing facilities – where it is stored until mixing…

Sorting our fibres

Next up, we receive the raw material from recycling centres that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill.

This is an essential aspect of our manufacturing process and plays a huge role in establishing us as the market leader in the provision of sustainable surface solutions. To date, we have saved over 60,000 tonnes of waste material from ending up in landfills across the UK.

Once the material has arrived, our team of Production Operatives sort it into groups: synthetic fibres, real wool fibres, and underlay. After this, the team will use our state-of-the-art granulator to shred and break up the synthetic material sheets into smaller, finer fibres.

Mixing the synthetic fibres with sand

Having sorted and granulated the synthetic fibres, our Production Operatives mix these with sand to form the basis of all our surfaces. This is done using our industrial-sized and computerised, custom mixer, which allows us to ensure consistency throughout our product line. 

Adding synthetic fibres to the surface gives the sand substance and firmness, which prevents your horse from straining ligaments and muscles, whilst providing enough cushion and support so as not to damage their joints.

At this point, our unwaxed surfaces are complete and will undergo final quality control checks before they are distributed to our clients. 

Adding the wax

For our waxed surfaces, it is at this stage that wax is sprayed into the mixer in order to ensure it is evenly distributed throughout. 

The wax works by binding the sand to the synthetic fibres and ensuring they are evenly distributed throughout the surface. This results in a uniform and consistent blend that provides greater support and comfort for riders and horses alike.

Furthermore, waxed surfaces have an increased resistance to freezing temperatures and a reduced need for irrigation during warmer weather. This results in a surface that is low maintenance and ideal to use all year round. Whilst all of our product lines is created in a similar manner, each of our products is crafted using its own unique ratio of sand, fibre and wax. Our Wax Track and Sound Track surfaces also contain a supplementary ingredient to deliver increased spring and cushioning.

Why choose Equestrian Surfaces?

At Equestrian Surfaces, our commitment to using high-grade, multi-washed silica sand, recycled carpet fibres and our state-of-the-art facilities all play a critical role in ensuring our surfaces are safe, durable and sustainable. 

Whether you’re looking for a waxed or non-waxed equestrian surface, our friendly team of experts can advise which would be most suitable for you. Simply give us a call on 01282 834 970 or drop us a message here!

Latest news

1

Appley Bridge consultancy wins third industry award in USA EPIC Award Win

Appley Bridge consultancy wins third industry award in USA

17 May 2024

2

Navigator completes £131m takeover of Accrol accrol-papers-500x328.jpg

Navigator completes £131m takeover of Accrol

16 May 2024

3

Tech institute calls for business support in addressing skills gaps Lancashire And Cumbria Institute Of Technology

Tech institute calls for business support in addressing skills gaps

17 May 2024

4

Your comprehensive guide to tax planning for financial success AdobeStock_202193721 (1).jpeg.jpg

Your comprehensive guide to tax planning for financial success

17 May 2024

5

New Cleveleys shop draws hundreds of shoppers on first day Millstones Cleveleys

New Cleveleys shop draws hundreds of shoppers on first day

17 May 2024

Lbv116 Ltb Strip980
Background image for hub sign up block

LBV Hub

Reach 50,000 members of the Lancashire business community

Post your news
Post your events
Post your offers
Company profile
Social reach
Magazine coverage
Sign-up
Events
Wedding Dress Shopping Weekend
wedding12.jpg.jpg
LBV Hub Fundraisers
18 May 2024 - 19 May 2024

Wedding Dress Shopping Weekend

St Catherine's Hospice, Preston, PR5 5XU

10:00 - 16:00

Business Networking in Chorley - BNI Endeavour
EVENT LISTING SIZING Endeavour.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
21 May 2024

Business Networking in Chorley - BNI Endeavour

Oak Royal, Bury Lane, Chorley, PR6 8SW

06:30 - 08:30

Business Networking in Blackburn - BNI Vista
EVENT LISTING SIZING Vista.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
21 May 2024

Business Networking in Blackburn - BNI Vista

Hampton by Hilton, 2 Frontier Ave, Blackburn, BB1 3AL

06:45 - 08:30

Business Networking in Preston - BNI Diamond
EVENT LISTING BNI Diamond.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
22 May 2024

Business Networking in Preston - BNI Diamond

The Marriot Hotel, Garstang Road, Broughton, PR3 5JB

07:15 - 09:00

Business Networking in Lancaster - Eden Business Network
EVENT LISTING Eden Business Network.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
22 May 2024

Business Networking in Lancaster - Eden Business Network

The Borough, 3 Dalton Square, Lancaster, LA1 1PP

18:30 - 20:30

Business Networking in Accrington - BNI Zeus
EVENT LISTING SIZING Zeus.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
22 May 2024

Business Networking in Accrington - BNI Zeus

The Mill House, Corn Mill Yard, Accrington, BB5 5HX

06:45 - 08:30

Your Business Bootcamp
CBP-logo LBV.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
22 May 2024

Your Business Bootcamp

Burnley Football Club, Turf Moor, 52-56 Harry Potts Way, Burnley, BB10 4BX

08:30 - 13:30

Chamber Breakfast Networking
Chamber Logo1.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
23 May 2024 - 23 May 2024

Chamber Breakfast Networking

HIC, Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4AT

08:00 - 10:00

Business Networking in Burnley - BNI Kudos
EVENT LISTING BNI Kudos.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
23 May 2024 - 23 May 2024

Business Networking in Burnley - BNI Kudos

Prairie Sports Village, Windemere Avenue, Burnley, BB10 2FU

06:45 - 08:30

Creative Lancashire Networking Social
Untitled design-4.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
23 May 2024

Creative Lancashire Networking Social

Society1 Coworking Space, Preston, PR1 3LT

17:30 - 19:30

Business Networking in Lancaster - BNI Castle
EVENT LISTING BNI Castle.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
23 May 2024 - 23 May 2024

Business Networking in Lancaster - BNI Castle

Vale of Lune RUFC, Powder House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 2TT

06:45 - 08:30

Business Networking in Preston - BNI Brunch
EVENT LISTING SIZING Brunch .png.png
LBV Hub Networking
24 May 2024

Business Networking in Preston - BNI Brunch

Samlesbury Hotel, Preston, PR5 0UL

09:30 - 11:00

Advertise with us

Reaching 50,000 members, our print, digital and event platforms offer a fantastic way to raise your business profile and help you grow.

Find out more LBV116 Online Graphic
Subscribe now

Weekly news bulletin