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What is the best surface for training racehorses?
When it comes to choosing the right equestrian surface to train racehorses on, there are several factors you should take into consideration. Due to the nature of horse racing, which generally requires horses to undertake frequent training with minimal days off, there are heavy demands on your surface – so ensuring you make the right choice is crucial.
What should you consider when buying a surface to train racehorses on?
- Longevity and durability – The longevity and durability of a surface are some of the most important factors to consider when purchasing a new surface to train racehorses on. It is not uncommon for horses to be trained multiple times a week at high intensity, which over time, takes its toll on the surface.
- How much maintenance is required – Due to how frequently racehorses train, it is advisable to choose a surface that requires infrequent maintenance and irrigation. Not only does this mean you’ll have more time to train your racehorses, but the surface will remain in great condition for longer.
- The firmness of the surface – There is evidence to suggest that without optimal cushioning and firmness, inadequate training surfaces can hinder the development of a racehorse’s skeleton and increase the risk of injury. The surface should be firm enough to provide support with minimal concussion yet soft enough to aid in absorbing shock.
- How weather-proof it is – In order to ensure your racehorse maintains optimal fitness levels, it will often be necessary for your horse to train even in poor weather conditions. It is, therefore, crucial to ensure that your surface has sufficient drainage attributes to be safe to ride on, even in bad weather.
- The footing of the surface – A good surface should provide a good footing that is consistent over time. It should be loose enough to allow the hoof to slide whilst still being compact enough to provide stability for the horse. Additionally, it should provide enough resistance to allow for good balance, shock distribution and energy return.
Should you buy waxed or unwaxed?
For training racehorses, both waxed and non-waxed surfaces are suitable – however, the main difference comes down to how much maintenance they each require. Non-waxed surfaces typically require more frequent grading and maintenance, so depending on how often you’re training your racehorses – it may not be the ideal solution.
Which surface do we recommend for training racehorses on?
Cushion Track Premier – Our Cushion Track Classic surface is designed specifically for indoor and outdoor use and suits the needs of horses of all disciplines. It is able to withstand heavy footfall without compromising on performance and is one of our most premium surfaces.
Wax Track – Our Wax Track surface provides an excellent choice for clients with fewer racehorses and a lower footfall. With a low wax content, this surface consists of a unique blend of washed silica and stabilising fibres and is relied upon by private and professional clients alike. It also requires minimum maintenance and is able to perform in all weather conditions.
We understand that choosing the correct surface for a new racehorse surface could be overwhelming or confusing! If you’d like to get in touch with our team of experts to discuss installing a new surface for your gallop or training arena, give us a call on 01282 834 970 or drop us a message here!