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!