Equi-Tread General Installation for Rubber Mulch Horse Footing
Instructions On How to Use Rubber Horse Footing
The following are general instructions on how to use rubber horse footing in an arena.
This is NOT to be considered directions on how your horse arena should be done. We do not do consultations and suggest you contact a contractor in your area that is familiar with horse arena construction. Every arena is different with a different set of circumstances.
Equi-tread rubber horse footing comes in a 3/8″ and 3/16″ size and ships in a 2000 lb super sack.
1. Choose your site
Measure the site and remove the organics. Grass and soil will turn to muck after a good rain. You do not want this contaminating your arena.
2. Measure and remove organics
Choose a site that drains well and if possible has a natural slope for drainage.
3. Level area
When you have reached a solid base such as clay. Have the area leveled and sloped to 1% grade to the lowest point. Depending on how much you have removed from the site you will need to build it back up with a compactable aggregate such as pit run. This is an inexpensive way to build your subsurface back up to ground level.
4. Add road crush or limestone
Next you will add 3/8″ road crush or limestone screenings. This layer will take a beating from your horses hooves. This need to be as close to 100% compacted as possible. Sloped to 1% and laser leveled. Depending on the traffic in your arena the road crush should be approximately 4-6″ It may also be called stone dust. You do not want this layer to break up and render your footing too deep.
5. You’re ready for Perfect Rubber Mulch
You are now ready for Equi-Tread Rubber Horse Footing. Mix rubber with washed concrete sand or masons sand for good results. These products have minimal fines and will not break down as quickly when mixed with Equi-Tread Rubber Horse Footing Mulch.
6. Apply Equi-Tread Rubber Horse Footing
Apply Equi-Tread Rubber Horse Footing Mulch to the raked sand. You can mix this in as you go or let the horses do the work. Note the round pen has a 2×6 surround, this helps keep your sand and rubber in place.
Enjoy Equi-Tread a safe and resilient horse footing for years to come.