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bcraig1984

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bcraig1984 says:

Red blaze as an arena surface??

Hello

 

I am moving to a new yard which is lovely really well looked after etc.  The only problem is the arena surface is red blaze.  I have been advised by friends not to ride on this as it can cause damage to her legs.

 

I told the yard owner who was shocked by this & advised she has had it for years without issues.

 

After research i had suggested wood chip on top then was advised against this as it rots so spoke to yard owner again about putting a rubber surface on top.

 

Can you advise or have any info to help on this?  I cant move yards if i cant use the arena

 

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Red blaze as an arena surface??

I've never heard of it, what is it exactly?

The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man - Winston Churchill

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JTurnbull80

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JTurnbull80 says:

Re: Red blaze as an arena surface??

 same here, I'm unfamiliar with this stuff, could you post a picture of it as well perhaps?

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bcraig1984

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bcraig1984 says:

Re: Red blaze as an arena surface??

Its like ashy red gravel

 

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CharParsley620

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Re: Red blaze as an arena surface??

 gravel!? Say wha?

It's lonely in the saddle since the horse died.

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: Red blaze as an arena surface??

There's no way I would ride on that - even if it didn't hurt the horse it would sure hurt you if you fell off.  Imagine it if you fell and landed on your face!  As for the wood chip, I had an arena at my old place which was wood chip, it was supplied by a company called Easiride (same people as Easibed) and it was really good, it lasted me for years and didn't freeze in cold weather and didn't get worn in the track etc.  It didn't rot either.

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JTurnbull80

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JTurnbull80 says:

Re: Red blaze as an arena surface??

 Hmmm, as surfaces go, I'd say gravel isn't a favourable one for riding, especially in a school where your horses will be put through their paces and jumped etc. 

Do you know if it is actually proper gravel, or is it like a plastic/rubber chipping kind of thing? (I've googled to no avail - any other names?)

 

I'd be quite surprised if the yard owner had actually had no issues for years if the surface is gravel.

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