The Construction of a perfect all weather horse arena is all down to choosing the correct materials. Although there is debate as to the best combination of materials we are here to offer advice and competitive quotations for all your requirements.
A typical arena will consist of a drainage layer, sub-base layer, silica sand layer and then a topping whether it be rubber, fibre or other specialist toppings. This is laid with the membrane is between to prevent the materials migrating.
If you are unsure which products best suit your requirements please feel free speak to our sales staff who will be happy to provide you with a competitive quotation and send a pre-order sample.
The best recommended arena build up starts with a layer of drainage gravel. This is laid at the bottom of your arena, allowing any water to penetrate into the ground or drainage pipes if you are laying them.
We can offer various sizes of drainage gravel depending on your requirements.
The next layer within your arena would be the base layer. This typically is laid between 100-150mm thick depending on your preference.
There are various material options and sizes available and again it is down to your own preference which you think is best. All the materials we supply have been successfully used previously in arenas by our customers.
Stone sizes typically are 70/40mm, 63/10mm, 40/20mm, 32/20mm or 50mm clean. Each of these lay in a similar way having some larger stone and the smaller stones to compact in between giving a firm flat surface.
The most common material used for arenas is a granite or a limestone as they are very durable and competitively priced.
There are various sources for Silica Sand around the UK. We can source the best sand for the area you are building your arena.
We recommend only top-grade silica for an arena, although some customers when adding carpet have previously ordered a soft washed sand for mixing in rather than a silica sand.
The best all round silica for horse arenas would be a sub-angular shaped grain as this provides the draining properties but does not allow the horse to ride deep and gives a firm cushioned ride.
There is no official standard for equestrian materials and it is all down to personal preference as there is such a wide variety of choices. In dry weather you may wish to water the sand to help get the best performance out of your arena and improve firmness of the sand. The addition of rubber chippings or fibre will help retain moisture in the sand.
There are various toppings available together with materials that can add to the silica sand to create varying surfaces. Please contact us with your requirements and we will be happy to discuss all options with you.
Some of the toppings we offer are as follows:-
In order to stop materials migrating into each other and the ground, it is recommended you use a membrane between layers.
This is most commonly a woven membrane on the ground or after the drainage layer if laying with pipes.
Followed by a non-woven membrane after the base material before laying the sand.
Any joining edges should be taped together to form a complete membrane layer.
All of these materials we are able to provide for you.