What materials are Equivia all weather equestrian surfaces made from and do I need to be worried about contamination/safety?

Equivia is made from premium washed silica sand, premium crystalline wax and  polypropylene fibres and rubber. Our exclusive supplier of fibres source their raw carpet materials from the industrial sector offcuts ensuring there is no contamination from previous useage. Foam backing is removed first to eliminate the chemical filled dust associated with many fibre or carpet products before a process that pulls, then chops, the fibres.

What about rubber?

Our rubber (when used) is not chopped automotive waste used to pack out a surface and make it go further. Equivia’s supply of rubber has been selected for its cleanliness, consistency and rebound properties. The process used is more costly than conventional tyre chopping but ensures no wire, textile or dust are present, which is the key to our surfaces consistency and safety.  The shape created by the shattering process offers more spring too and allows the grains of rubber to integrate better with our fibres. We think it’s worth every penny when we find a superior raw material.

Once you have installed my all weather riding surface how should I look after it?

Equivia’s team members have a long track record of maintaining surfaces. Having worked at Jockey Club Estates, Keeneland and managing private training establishments as well as a track record spanning numerous Equivia installations over the years and being published on the subject of training surfaces, we can offer full support. We will carry out initial training and can offer the machinery necessary for day to day maintenance. Of course we will always be just a phone call away to advise on the occasionally needed deep maintenance and take pride in the fact that Equivia surfaces installed more than ten years ago are still in great shape thanks to working closely with our clients to keep them tip-top.

My waxed Surface is looking old – do I need to replace it?

The Equivia team are often called in to look at older, tired surfaces from a range of suppliers. Quite often it is possible for us to advise on a medium term plan of topping up or re-juvenation as opposed to complete re-surfacing. We pride ourselves on our ability to work with clients and take a long term view to a surface allowing you the time to budget for that new surface down the line.

I have specific requirements. Can you cater for this?

Being a smaller company, Equivia are able to be very nimble and will always aim to find a custom surface if one of our mixes needs some tweaking to create your perfect surface.

Can I mix Equivia with my old surface?

Yes. As long as the surface is a sand based product and not contaminated with a lot of organic matter we can look at mixing Equivia with other manufacturers old surfaces. In many cases we are using similar sand, the same wax and same machinery as the other market leaders. We can take a sample of the old surface and mix it with a suitable amount of an Equivia surface for you to see and touch in order for you to feel confident in taking these steps.

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WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

  • Used correctly, Seawalker is probably the most significant step forward ever in the training of the equine athlete…

    Mary Bromiley MBE FCSP SRP World-renowned equine physiotherapist
  • Cross-training in the Seawalker produces a stronger, more stable and balanced musculoskeletal system. This is likely to produce more confidence in the equine athlete and frequently a greater willingness to push itself that bit further. Walking through the water encourages the horses to adopt self-carriage. Working in such a way is an ideal scenario for all horses…

    Rob Jackson BVetMed MRCVS Veterinary surgeon to the British Endurance Team
  • We have already experienced many individual cases in the short time of having the Seawalker but of particular note was that leg joints and fetlocks tightened up in all horses, the effect was noticeable within days…

    Various trainers under confidentiality restrictions
  • A common problem with racehorses is that post-training the muscles can ‘tie up’ or seize. This is very painful for a horse and we found once again that a 20 minute session in the Seawalker before and after riding controlled this problem better than any medication…

    Various trainers under confidentiality restrictions
  • For the sprinting thoroughbreds a 20 minute session on the Seawalker before training would loosen up the muscles and we found the horses moved remarkably better directly after…

    Various trainers under confidentiality restrictions
  • We have already experienced many individual cases in the short time of having the Seawalker but of particular note was that leg joints and fetlocks tightened up in all horses, the effect was noticeable within days…

    Various trainers under confidentiality restrictions
  • The potential performance gains of an altitude training strategy will outweigh all other forms of modern sports science interventions.

    Ben Holliss PHD Performance Scientist, British Swimming
  • At altitude the horse can work at a much lower speed to get the same cardiovascular response

    Jeremy Gask Trainer of Medicean Man
  • I can definitely feel the lack of strength, flexibility and especial lack of muscle mass that Henry is displaying this year compared to last year when he was on a Vitafloor each day.

    Peter Atkins Member Australian WEG Team
  • The Vitafloor is great for the horses warming up or cooling down as it stimulates muscles gently.

    Louise Cornwell Longholes Ltd
  • My Vitafloor is an intrinsic part of our training and fitness programme. All the horses on the yard use it every week throughout the year; this includes the hunters, eventers and my children's ponies. I feel the floor improves muscle stability and tone. It is a vital piece of equipment for Team Taylor and I would not be without it.

    Izzy Taylor
  • The new Equivia gallop surface has stood up to the huge amount of rain we have had perfectly. No standing water anywhere and riding extremely well. Our covered ride was dusty and uneven so the old surface was completely removed and replaced with Equivia. The surface has been absolutely perfect for the job. The new gallop on the downs (which we call the Side Glance gallop) has been great and we have used it a lot!

    Ian Balding After renovation of the Loch Song gallop at Kingsclere
  • The Vitafloor® is a great addition for our competition horses. It really helps to keep them in top shape, sound and healthy!

    S. Peters Dressage San Diego, California USA, spetersdressage.com
  • We use Vitafloor® every day and it helps our horses to recover after tough training.

    Daniel Zetterman Swedish National Team, Linderod, Sweden, www.springfieldfarm.se
  • The Vitafloor® is very user-friendly and practical in design. Since using it, my horses are fitter and more relaxed with improved musculature. It also helps prevent tying-up. …our family-owned racehorse ‘Mikado’ has shown great improvement using Vitafloor®.

    Bob Leonard Racing Las Cruzes, New Mexico USA
  • Peas & Carrots became racehorse of the year twice in Sweden with help from our Vitafloor®!

    Lennart Reuterskiöld Jr. Svedala, Sweden, lrjunior.se
  • We use the Vitafloor® on all our trotters and it makes them stronger and smoother.

    Helena Burman Trainer of Jackal Face, Sweden
  • I can definitely feel the lack of strength, flexibility and especial lack of muscle mass that Henry is displaying this year compared to last year when he was on a Vitafloor each day.

    Peter Atkins Member Australian WEG Team, Ocala, Florida USA
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