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How much rubber footing for new outdoor?

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  • How much rubber footing for new outdoor?

    As the time to put footing in our arena is approaching I'm getting nervous about screwing it up! I've decided to mix crumb rubber with mortar sand because the washed concrete sand in my area has too many pebbles. This quarry sells the washed mortar for arenas. I think it's a little too fine to be used alone.
    "Under Foot" recommends starting with 1 1/2 - 2" of footing. I'll be using the arena for jumping. I was thinking 1" of sand and 1/2" rubber to start.
    Any advice?

  • #2
    Make sure the type of sand you use is rough so that does not migrate easily...


    • #3
      Not sure what washed mortar sand is....is it the same as just plain mortar sand that is supposed to be mixed with concrete? I bought that kind to put in my indoor along with the rubber, on the advice of a dressage trainer. What a mistake. It was like riding on marbles on top of marbles. Actually had a clinician here that was riding his horse and the horse slipped and fell on him. It was awful.


      • #4
        I agree with Hpilot. imo, mortar sand is way to fine a grain and even with the crumb rubber added would be unstable.

        You may find this helpful.

        "Particles need some angularity to
        offer resistance to movement between
        them. Round particles would appear
        to offer the biggest void space between adjacent particles, thus being
        less compactable. But a footing primarily composed of round particles
        is not suitable since there is too little
        stability between particles. Picture a
        giant-scale footing composed of ball
        bearings or marbles. Beach and river
        sand have rounded particles through
        the wear of water action that has removed most angular corners."

        "Certain specifi cations of sand are
        required for good footing material.
        Riding arena surfaces should contain
        cleaned and screened, medium to
        coarse, hard, sharp sand. Fine sand
        will break down more readily into
        small enough particles to be lofted
        as dust. “Cleaned” means the material has been washed of silt and clay,
        making the sand less compactable
        and less dusty. “Screened” means
        large, undesirable particles have been
        removed and a more uniform-sized
        material remains that will
        be less prone to compaction. “Hard” is quartz sand,
        which will last up to 10
        years. Obtained from a
        quarry, subangular sand
        has sharp particles, versus the rounded particles
        found in river sand. The
        subangular particles of
        naturally occurring, mined
        materials are old deposits
        of sand that have weathered from natural forces
        of water (typically) into
        particles that are still angular for stability as an arena
        sur face. Manufactured sand is very fi ne, crushed rock and is
        also angular, but not as hard as real
        sand. Angular sand provides better
        stability than rounded sand particles,
        which behave similar to millions of
        ball bearings underfoot."


        • #5
          We have hydro sand......it has varying sizes of particles from fine sand to small pebbles that are of different sizes and shapes....it provides enough cushion with out allowing the horse to sink to deep.......my dressage teacher says its one of the best footings she's ridden in.