Home > Footing > ProTex Plus Equine Footing
ProStride Rubber Arena Footing GGT Textile Arena Footing ProTex Rubber/Textile Arena Footing
Athletex Arena Footing Master's Blend Footing Premier Arena Hydro-Keep
|ProTex Plus Equestrian Arena Footing
ProTex Plus Arena Footing combines protection with performance! ProTex Plus is the newest innovation in equestrian footing by Premier Equestrian. It combines the superior cushioning quality of crumb rubber with the performance enhancing traction qualities of non-woven textiles. Designed for dressage, jumping, and all-purpose riding arenas, ProTex Plus Arena Footing delivers extraordinary cushion with maximum traction. Mix with sand for a footing that protects your horse from concussion related injury while increasing traction, reducing shear, and allowing your horse peak performance.
ProTex Plus Arena footing provides horses and riders with the best of both worlds as the proprietary formula revitalizes arenas. ProTex Plus helps lower the level of dust in the arena, provides substantial cushion and gives the horse and rider a traction bearing non-slip surface.
Want a fundraiser for your barn, to help raise money for Footing? Click Here to Download and Print the Buy a Square Fundraiser Poster and hang it up at your barn.
- More Info
- Recommended Sand
Equine Arena Footing
20x60 Meter Arena
We ship from many different plants around the country to minimize your freight costs.
|Use this chart to calculate the cost for your area.|
|x||Cost per Foot||=||Total Price|
THE EFFECTS OF FOOTING
It is useful to compare the physical characteristics of different surfaces in relation to their effect on the horse's stride. Hard surfaces (concrete, asphalt, hard soil) have a high impact resistance and a high shear resistance. Consequently, the limbs are subjected to considerable concussion, and the toe is unable to penetrate the surface, which produces high loads in the navicular region in the terminal stance phase.
Sand has a somewhat lower impact resistance than hard soil, combined with a low shear resistance which allows the toe to penetrate deeply. However, deep sand tends to give way resulting in a loss of traction. Since horses must use a greater muscular effort to overcome the tendency of the sand to give way, the working heart rate will be up to 50% higher on deep sand. This is why sand is so tiring for the horse to work on.
ProTex Plus™ Equine Arena Footing
|Amendments, such as textiles and fibers, are added to sand to improve the properties as a riding surface. ProTex Plus combines shredded textile, which stabilizes the sand particles and mimics the effect of the rooting system of turf thus stabilizing the surrounding soil particles, with the impact reduction and cushioning effects of crumb rubber.
|Need an arena groomer? The Parma is approved for use with our GGT footing - Click here.|
Dear Premier Equestrian
I love, love, love my new ProTex Plus footing, as does everyone who has ridden on it, including three instructors. I have forwarded your information on to them and suggested that they all buy your footing. I am happy to tell everyone how they can have the best footing there is.
|Even after the arena was not watered for a couple of weeks while we were away, there was only minimal dust and only in the area where the sun was beating down on it. I want to thank you again for all your help and I hope that we can see you both again. It was great getting to know you. You can also have anyone e-mail me or call me if they have questions.
Your friend and very satisfied customer,
Read more testimonials about our arena footing, dressage arenas and more...
Type of Sand
The best sand to use is silica sand. Silica sand is very hard and will not degrade easily. Check with your quarry to see what is available to you.
You will want the particles be fine to very fine -with at least five seive sizes ranging between an (ASTM) #60 sieve (.250 mm) and an #200 sieve (.075 mm). Ask your gravel pit or quarry to give you a sieve analysis, which should always be available for the types of sands they sell. This will help you to determine the specific particle size of each type of sand.
The third part of this equation is the shape of the sand particle which works best if it is a sub-angular shape. However, because silica sands are formed from erosion, most silica sand will be a round to sub-angular sand particle. It is ok to use a very fine round particle but you may want to have a small amount of sub-angular particles added to the sand to help with stability. The sand should also be well graded: meaning that all the sand particles should not be the same size. Most gravel pits will mix different sands for you so that you can get a variety of grades, shapes, and sizes.
Mixing ProTex Plus with Sand
The two major factors in getting the ProTex to blend and perform correctly are:
- Water - (Do you have access to water?
- Arena maintenance equipment -
recommend a Parma which can be found at this link.
This type of equipment The Parma will easily blend and maintain your footing. The Parma Arena Groomer can be easily pulled with an ATV or lawn tractor.