WHEN BUILDING AN ARENA, CHOOSING THE RIGHT SURFACE IS VITAL. MORTON MANÈGES USE ONLY THE FINEST SURFACE MATERIALS TO CONSTRUCT OUR ARENAS THAT OFFERS THE LATEST IN TECHNOLOGY.

THE MAIN TYPES OF SURFACES WE USE ARE:

WOOD CHIPS

Must be hard wood. Economical, it will eventually decompose and need replacing.

SAND

Must be good quality silica sand. It can freeze in winter and dry out in summer, so will require watering or a synthetic top layer. When choosing a sand you need to consider whether to have a free draining sand and maybe an irrigation system for the summer months. Or have a tighter sand and live with the fact that it may hold water for a few hours after heavy downpours in the winter but will have more water content in the dry months of the summer. Whatever sand you choose you will need a top surface to insulate it and to ride on. There are several different quarries around the country and each sand will have slightly different characteristics. Some will be more free draining than others and some will hold the moisture better.

WOODFIBRE

This surface material can last up to 6 years before needing a top up. It is self draining when laid deep enough and once it has bedded in it gives a good stable surface to ride on. It’s also at the lower end of price range which is great for the more modest budget.

SYNTHETIC

PVC or plastic granules. Can be used alone, as a mix or as a top layer on sand. A popular and economical choice.

RUBBER

Costs more but gives a springier ride. Chopped rubber surfaces are mainly scrap products, while pure rubber surfaces are manufacturing off-cuts.

COMPLETE

Coated materials consisting of mixtures of sand, PVC, rubber chippings and fibres coated in petroleum jelly, bitumen, wax or oil. They’re expensive but possibly the closest to all-weather surfaces available.

Morton Manèges are authorised ‘Combi-Ride’ dealers www.combi-ride.com