The Science

The Science Behind Beta-Ride® Surfaces

We choose to only offer sand & arena fibre arena surfaces because, following extensive research & scientific advice, we believe this gives the best performance for all equestrian disciplines. We also believe it is the safest surface, resulting in less stress & strain on the horse & providing the optimal energy balance. We are passionate about the quality, performance & safety of our surfaces.

Our premium quality arena fibres, when integrated with sand, create a root-like structure similar to good turf. This results in a secure surface which doesn’t ride too deep, whilst still giving a cushioned ride & optimal impact absorption.

The fibres sit in between the sand grains, creating a stable surface whilst absorbing concussion. They help prevent the sand grains moving too much, whilst also help stopping them from compacting together. This is not only beneficial for horse & rider, but also helps to prevent deterioration of the sand & aids drainage.

We believe that an arena surface should continue to perform well for many years. That’s why we put so much research into choosing fibres which aid longevity of both the fibre & the sand.

Working for a safer environment for horse & rider

Sadly, due to lack of regulations on arena surfaces, many consumers are caught out by poor quality arena fibres with poor performance. Be sure you choose an honest, reliable, knowledgeable company. Safety of the horse is paramount. Don’t just go for the cheapest option. We are regularly called out to remove arena surfaces, some of which have only just been laid, due to rubbish being in the surface, or loss of performance due to degradation. This is unsafe, frustrating & does not make economic sense. Our fibre is premium quality, brand new fibre. It is fully synthetic so typically lasts for 15 years or more.

What’s In Our Fibre

We use brand new fibre. Our AstroFibre is a blend of polypropylene, polyester and nylon textiles. The fibres are a mix of optimal lengths. They are dust-extracted and the nylon in our fibres is moisture retentive, helping to keep the surface moist & reduce dust. 

The Sand

It’s not all about the arena fibres, we’re also experts in sand types. To learn more about the influence of sand types on your arena – see our ‘Sand Types’ page.

The Scientists

Our arena surfaces are inspired by the work of Dr Sarah Jane Hobbs University of Central Lancashire, and Dr Danielle Holt MSc’s thesis on sand and fibre arena surfaces.

The implementation of safety checklists for human sports may be responsible for the significant decrease in the number of injury related insurance claims recently made (Swan et al., 2009). The equine industry must be made aware of the positive impact the safety guidelines have had on the various human sport associations. The development of equine industry standards on surface properties that take into account the preferences of the rider, will ensure consistency among surfaces under a range of conditions, optimise performance and minimise the risk of injury (Setterbo et al., 2009).
Dr Danielle Holt, Investigation of Equestrian Arena Surface Properties and Rider Preferences, page 17.

Awareness must be raised on how factors such as moisture and the degree of compaction affect the hoof-surface interaction so the industry can strive for a surface that combines performance and consistency with safety.
Dr Danielle Holt, Investigation of Equestrian Arena Surface Properties and Rider Preferences, page 102.