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Equestrian Use 2018-01-23T12:37:24+00:00

EQUESTRIAN USES & EQUESTRIAN SURFACING

EcoGrid is the World’s No. 1 product for equestrian surfacing

EcoGrid for Equestrian Surfacing

EcoGrid is used in a wide variety of equestrian applications to provide free draining surfaces. It’s a mud management, grass reinforcement or drainage layer that will help stop your horses ‘churning up’ grassed areas and it will crate a free draining level to allow mixed surfacing to arenas and maneges.

All-weather areas; the ideal surface all year round.

In the case of horse arenas, for over 20 years EcoGrid has been used to improve riding arena footing performance at the highest level. The EcoGrid Arena System effectively separates the sub-base from the footing layer with many benefits.

  • Savings in excavation and in sub base material which can in many cases be completed with a minimal drainage layer
  • Longer riding seasons and allowing riding in conditions which would not be possible without EcoGrid
  • Prevention of sub-base mixing with footing and migration of footing, saving need for topping up
  • Improved riding surface due to the elastic nature of the grid, which means more comfort for the rider and easier on the horse’s joints
  • Thinner and more cost-effective membranes employed
  • Safety to horse and rider due to patented locking system of the grids
  • Quick and easy harrowing down to the grids for professional maintenance
  • Millions of square metres installed worldwide with 20 year quality guarantee

1. Outdoor riding arenas for every discipline

2. Indoor riding arenas for every discipline

3. Automatic walkers

4. Watering areas and work areas

5. Courtyards and loading areas

6. Green roofs and parking reinforcement of all types, gravel or vegetated

7. Stalls

8. Paddocks

9. Turnouts, Feeders and Pastures

10. Round pens

Manege and arena building

Working from the top to the bottom, we have:

  • Your tread layer of choice (we offer our Protex fleece tread covering, our Protherm fibre or rubber chips).
  • Our EcoGrid suitable for this application, namely E50, E40, S50, TR40. These are filled with sharp sand.
  • A fine stone screed layer 20-30mm in depth.
  • Our specialist geotextile membrane, no need for jointing tapes here or expensive thick membranes. The geotextiles are supported by our EcoGrid.
  • Your clean stone drainage layer, the depth of which depends on the make up of your soil conditions at your property.
  • Ground levels, excavated to falls.

Extras:

Our recycled plastic lumber products, superb for retaining the tread layer in one place.
Recycled plastic posts, great to form post and rail, no rot, no paint fencing.


Horse walker bases

We are often informed by customers that the standard horse walker base is too harsh on horses. EcoGrid is the answer.

The area is excavated as normal, allowing for a 100mm free draining sub-base of clean stone, a 30mm fine stone screed and a 40mm grid. Therefore 170mm overall.

  • The stone is laid and compacted to the correct depth pertaining to amount of use and the grid.
  • The geotextile membrane is laid, must be a minimum of 100g weight and specific quality.
  • The screed layer goes over the top, should be sharp sand or fine clean stone.
  • The grids and specialised curving pieces are laid.
  • The grids are filled with sharp sand or fine clean stone.
  • The grids are covered with a tread layer.

Notes (Important):

If the grids are not to have a tread layer covering the grids at the correct depth appropriate to use, they must be maintained correctly and always have a sharp sand covering over the top of the grids which is kept at a level covering the grids at all times.

If a horse walker is to have heavy use (more than five hours per week overall) then EcoGrid E50 and curving piece should be laid.

A lot of clients want to lay grids on a concrete base, this is not necessary nor preferred, however, if this is to be done; grids must be set on a bedding layer or screed which provides a cushion against the concrete and the grid so that it is unlikely for a horse to lift the grids which could spring up if laid directly on the concrete.


Paddock building

Working from the top to the bottom, we have:

  • Grassed finish both non-slip and hard wearing. Mud free!
  • Our EcoGrid suitable for this application, namely E50, E40. These are filled with sharp sand and topsoil mix at a ratio of 30:70, seeded.
  • A fine stone and soil mixture layer 60-70mm in depth.
  • Our specialist geotextile membrane, no need for jointing tapes here or expensive thick membranes. The geotextiles are supported by our EcoGrid.
  • Your clean stone drainage layer, the depth of which depends on the make up of your soil conditions at your property.
  • Ground levels, excavated to falls.

EcoGrid is often specified as THE surface of choice for competitions, an example of which would be the Scope showjumping festival, an event which is held annually. The total surface area is now around the 10,000 square metre mark and huge praise has been received from all of the competitors over the years.

EcoGrid Horse Arena, Scope Showjumping Festival

SO, WHICH ECOGRID?

The following grid options are suitable for your equestrian application. Learn more about each on the EcoGrid product pages.

EcoGrid E40

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EcoGrid TR40

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EcoGrid E50

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Fully permeable. Kind to the environment.

100% free draining providing a complete free draining solution. EcoGrid is carbon neutral and has zero effect on the environment. EcoGrid is made from specially selected plastics that would otherwise be sent to landfill.

Beyond strong. Loads of up to 800t/sqm.

Our loading capacities are independently tested and published. Our range is fully tested and approved by the European TUV and RAL centres. EcoGrid is also a fully approved NATO supply product with tens of thousands sold worldwide.

Unrivalled solution. The World’s #1.

With over 1.5 million sqm sold in 2017, EcoGrid is unrivalled in product sales. With a fully automated, sustainable European factory. We also go ‘the extra’ mile with technical advice and general assistance.

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APPLICATIONS

EcoGrid can be used for a huge variety of applications; from lightweight landscaping implementations to heavyweight aviation surfacing.

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