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F.A.Q's

A: We offer two different products.

TruTex Element – is a 70% fibers and 30% geo-textile patches blend that is made primarily from polypropylene.

TruTex Element 

TruTex Oasis – is a 70% geo-textile patches and 30% fibers blend that is made from polyester. 

TruTex Oasis

A: TruTex Element will improve all kinds of sands making it ideal for rehabbing existing arenas. Element’s high fiber content makes it extremely effective at stabilizing loose sand particles whilst also preventing over-compaction and once fully integrated, reduces arena maintenance considerably.

TruTex Oasis requires a more specific sand profile but when paired with a suitable sand, offers superior cushion and durability making it an excellent choice for commercial show facilities and very high-traffic arenas. TruTex Oasis does require a slightly higher moisture content than TruTex Element so it is more important to have a consistent irrigation routine.

A: As long as your sand profile meets the requirements for TruTex Oasis, it can most certainly be used to rehab an existing footing.

The best way to determine whether your sand will be suitable is to get a free sand evaluation. You can send us a sample your arena sand and we will analyze it to determine compatibility and then consult with you on getting the best results for your arena.

A: TruTex Element will improve all sand types and are an ideal solution for rehabbing an existing sand. If you are purchasing new sand however, it makes sense to start with the most ideal sand profile you can get. We recommend starting with a sub-angular silica sand or a fine masonry sand works very well also and is widely available.

We do offer a free sand evaluation for anyone looking to purchase new sand to use with one of our additives or to analyze your existing sand and consult on the best solution for your arena.

A: This is a question that we get asked often and we are pleased to say that we have many clients with arenas located in extremely wet areas who are delighted with how much extra riding time they are now able to get from their arenas.

Now, it is still crucial that the arena base be well engineered to drain or shed excess water efficiently and incorporating our footing will not inhibit the arena’s ability to continue to drain/shed excess water at all.

As an added bonus, because of the amount of water the materials are able to absorb, they raise the saturation point of the footing, allowing it to remain rideable for a much longer period in heavy rainfall so you won’t loose riding time. 

A: Absolutely! The majority of our clients have self-installed their footing additives and with the right equipment, the average dressage arena can easily be installed in a day or less.

Check out our step-by-step installation guide that walks you through the process so there is no guess work.

We also love to work with experienced contractors and arena installers and are happy to consult with your contractor or can refer you to an installer in our network.

Please note that TruTex Equestrian is not responsible for the work of an independent contractor and cannot be held liable.

A: The number of bales that we recommend in our quotes is what we have determined is the ideal ratio of our products to your sand. You are always welcome to start with a lower ratio than the recommended amount, just know that the degree of improvement in the footing will be relative to how close you are to the ideal ratio.

Starting with a lesser amount and then adding the rest at a later date is perfectly acceptable and the new footing will easily integrate into the original footing.

Bear in mind that typically it is less cost-effective to ship multiple shipments of a smaller numbers of bales vs one larger shipment.

No Problem! 

All delivery trucks will be equipped with a lift gate and the driver is able to unload the bales for you.

A : The fibers come in large, highly-compressed bales and are stacked on pallets for shipping. 

TruTex Element is stacked with up to two bales per pallet.

TruTex Oasis is stacked with up to three bales per pallet.

A : With the right tools, most trainers get their installation done in less than a day. 

If you get an early start, you can even be teaching lessons on it the same evening 😉

A : Yes, the footing does need to be kept moist to work best. 

There is no standardized maintenance schedule as it varies widely depending on climate. You should plan to water your arena before it becomes dried out so that your footing remains consistent and then drag after watering.

A : You need to have the ability to keep the footing hydrated.

You need to use a drag that is compatible with compatible with a synthetic surface.

Click here for more information on what to look for in a drag specifically and our recommended drag models. 

A: Yes, for two reasons.

  1. Because of the textiles’ ability to retain moisture, the footing will remain hydrated for longer periods of time and therefore, it won’t dry out so easily resulting in dust.
  2. Because the horse will work more on top of the surface rather than creating deep tracks in the surface like other types of footing, you’re simply disturbing fewer sand particles that would be kicked up and turned into dust.

Note that whilst our additives do a great job of retaining moisture, they do not inhibit the drainage of excess water from the arena (provided that the arena already drains sufficiently prior to the addition of one of our additives).

A : Oh yes!! Both of our footing products are an excellent choice for both indoor and outdoor arenas.

A : Any surface that contains H2O will eventually freeze at sub-zero temperatures. It is the water that is actually freezing, rather than the footing materials.
We do find that the additives seem to slow the initial rate of freezing somewhat and also make it easier to groom it back to a rideable surface after a cold spell. 

Avoid over-watering if you are expecting freezing temps. Do just enough to keep the footing slightly moist.

Alternatively, in an indoor arena, you can treat it with MAG chloride to keep your footing hydrated without ever having to water and this will also completely prevent the footing from freezing.

A : We do not offer installation services although we do have a network of independent installers who we can refer you to.

The majority of our clients have self-installed their footing additives and with the right equipment, the average dressage arena can easily be installed in a day or less.

Check out our step-by-step installation guide that walks you through the process so there is no guess work.

We also love to work with experienced contractors and arena installers and are happy to consult with your contractor or can refer you to an installer in our network.

Please note that TruTex Equestrian is not responsible for the work of an independent contractor and cannot be held liable.

A : A minimum starting depth of 2-3 inches is recommended for most disciplines but if you are doing upper level jumping, we suggest going up to 4″ for greater shock absorption and energy return.

A : Yes, the footing provides plenty of stability for horses playing. They usually have no desire to eat it whatsoever but really enjoy a good roll in it!

Whilst many people opt for using a clay base to reduce construction costs, in our experience they almost always encounter problems down the road as they are not very durable and this can be extremely costly to fix.

We would strongly advise against laying footing directly onto a clay base, particularly in an outdoor in a wet climate. Otherwise, you will need to be extremely careful not to ride in the arena or drive equipment on it in wet conditions.

We would advise adding a separation layer of several inches of a material like crushed limestone or granite at the very least. 

This booklet from the USDF is an excellent resource for anyone who is constructing an arena and even if you are using a professional contractor, we would highly recommend having a copy on hand.

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