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Waxed vs. Non-Waxed Surfaces: A Buyer’s Guide

With so many surface options out there, it can sometimes be difficult to know which is right for you. Purchasing a new surface, arena or gallop is a big investment, and it’s important to do the research before you take the plunge. We’ve compiled a brief buyer’s guide on waxed vs. non-waxed surfaces, which should shed light on some of the key differences and help you to make an informed decision.


Waxed Surfaces  

Waxed surfaces are known for their versatility and ease of maintenance. The wax in their makeup offers a resistance to freezing in cold weather, whilst also reducing the need for irrigation during warmer spells.

Waxed surfaces are safe to use all year round, meaning you never have to miss a day of riding. Being unreliant on the weather, a waxed surface will offer the same level of performance day in, day out, making it the perfect option for professionals who rely on the use of their arena to earn a living.

Our waxed surfaces are made using multi-washed silica sand, environmentally-friendly synthetic stabilising fibres and wax, the quantity of which varies between each surface in the range.

Designed to be hard-wearing and durable, a waxed surface also provides superb support, good cushioning and exceptional energy return to keep your horse performing at optimum.

The waxed surface range features surfaces that are suitable for professional training centres, competition grounds and race tracks, as well as a selection that are suitable for leisure pursuits and private use.


Non-Waxed Surfaces  

Non-waxed (or dry) surfaces are slightly lower in cost, but do require more regular maintenance. Perfect for arenas in wetter climates, the non-waxed surface will need to be watered often in dry climates in order to maintain its structure and performance.

When investing in a non-waxed surface, the maintenance of the surface is quite a big commitment. However, dry surfaces do offer a great low-cost alternative without compromising on quality or performance.


Our Surfaces

Our range features seven synthetic surface options suitable for indoor and outdoor use in all weathers, for all disciplines.

We know how much of an investment a new surface is and understand that our customers want a surface which best suits their needs. With over 35 years in business, you can trust the experts at Equestrian Surfaces to help you select the best surface for you. Our team strive to provide the highest level of customer service, and will be more than happy to provide you with sound advice and guidance throughout the planning and construction process.

When it comes to weighing up the benefits of a waxed vs. non-waxed surfaces, the surface that is perfect for you will be dependent upon a number of factors, including budget, purpose, and regularity of use. You can browse the surfaces in our range and read overviews of each on our website. However, should you require more information, the Equestrian Surfaces team will be able to provide reliable recommendations after establishing your specific circumstances and needs.


The Waxed Surface Range

Cushion Track Premier

Our world-class racing and competition surface

Cushion Track Classic

The original waxed surface offering top-quality results for all disciplines

Sound Track

Designed to promote soundness and user confidence

Wax Track

The affordable waxed surface for private or professional use


The Non-Waxed Surface Range  

Premier Track

A high-grade surface teamed with our Ebb & Flow drainage system

Economy Track

A pre-blended, non-waxed surface guaranteeing consistent quality

Sand & Synthetic Fibres

Our cost-effective and environmentally-friendly option for improved stability


When purchasing an equestrian surface, it’s important for you to feel that you’re investing in products and services that you can trust.

Follow the links to read overviews, testimonials and case studies of each of our surfaces, or call today on 01282 834970 for further information, sound advice and a service that is tailored to your requirements.


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