Sand for gallops, lunges and arenas
“The first thing I would advise for anyone who is building a gallop or arena, is to do a site and soil analysis so that we can understand what is going on underneath the surface…”
– Dr. Butler (Irish gallop expert)
The size of the sand particles directly influences the quality and safety of your riding surface. If there are too many coarse particles or too many fine particles, problems may be encountered by horses and riders. At Wexford Sand Direct we tailor make equestrian sand solutions to your specifications. To quote Dr Tim Butler, sports turf scientist and agronomist, in a recent article in the Irish Independant.
“Choice of riding surface is critical to the success of the arena. The size of the sand particles directly influences the quality and safety of your riding surface. If there are too many coarse particles or too many fine particles, you will have lots of problems,” he says.
“Too many coarse particles will be very abrasive to the horses’ feet and the sand shape is very angular, so the surface does not knit together and it will remain very open. On the other hand, if you have too many fine particles the surface will compact and become like a cement block in summer. As well as that, smaller particles can block your drainage lines,” he adds.
“Wexford sand is very popular as a riding surface”