Free Arena Sand Analysis From Premier Equestrian Helps Horse Owners Determine Good Footing From Bad

Jul 8, 2011 - 5:53 AM

Sandy, UT (July 6, 2011) – Determining whether the footing in a riding arena is good or bad is often a daunting task for horse owners. Thanks to Premier Equestrian’s new footing division, horse owner’s can receive a free sand analysis to determine the make-up of their ring. Premier Equestrian LLC, a leading supplier of dressage arenas, horse jumps, arena footing and stable accessories, has recently expanded to include an Arena Footing Division, guided by Premier’s co-founder Mark Neihart.

“We are offering a free sieve analysis report for our customer’s arena sand. This can be existing sand or sand they are thinking about buying from the local quarry. The test will analyze the particle size of the sand, telling us if it is course or fine and what percentage of each sized particle makes up the sand. We use this test to determine the suitability of the sand for our products GGT Footing, ProTex and Prostride Crumb Rubber,” said Neihart.

Neihart has extensive footing experience, recently constructing three equestrian arenas at the prestigious Al Asayl Equestrian Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE. “No matter where you are located, most people experience problems with their footing,” Neihart said. “Sand comes in all shapes and sizes and some sands are much better than others to use in arenas. Depending upon factors such as access to water, climate, indoor or outdoor, and the footing product you are using in the sand, the sand type matters.”

The free sand analysis from Premier will determine what type of footing can be added to an arena to produce the best possible footing. “Our GGT Footing, ProTex and Prostride Crumb Rubber can be added to the sand to help get the most protection and performance from an arena,” Neihart said. “One of the goal’s of Premier is to educate horse owners, including understanding what type of footing is best in an arena.”

Neihart said bad footing includes footing that is too hard, too deep or rolls. “Bad footing affects the bio-mechanical movement of the horse and can prematurely wear out joints, tendons, and ligaments. Some footings can permanently cause lameness. Of course bad footing also affects the performance of the horse,” he said. Good footing will protect a horse from lameness issues and enhance the horse’s performance by giving the horse a consistent surface to ride on. “Cushion, shear prevention, and the resulting traction are things to expect from a good footing surface,” Neihart said.

Premier Equestrian is considered America’s leading manufacturer and distributor of dressage arenas. Chosen as an official supplier to the World Equestrian Games, Premier Equestrian supplied the dressage arenas for the World Equestrian Games, as well as the dressage warm-up arena, driving arena, driving warm-up arena and the flower boxes and dressage letters. Premier is also a leading supplier of arena footing, and has supplied the new Palm Beach Equine Sports Complex, located in Wellington, with ProTex footing for their new 220 x 90 covered dressage arena. Premier Equestrian also offers Prostride Horse Arena Footing and GGT-Footing.

For more information on all Premier Equestrian products, including footing, dressage arenas, jumps and stable accessories, visit their website at or call 800-611-6109

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