Attwood’s Premium Blends
WHY IS GOOD FOOTING SO IMPORTANT?
A horse’s health and soundness can be greatly affected by its daily training surface. The best arena surface allows horses to move efficiently from walk, trot to canter. The surface should minimize the concussion of the footfall, absorb shock, provide support, and recycle energy back to the horse. To achieve this the surface should have the correct combination of firmness, cushioning, rebound, and grip. Attwood’s products are uniquely designed to optimize the interaction of the horse with the surface. Superior absorption of impact results in secure footing and release, all on a dust-free and water-repellent surface. Our footing provides the convenience of a low-maintenance, long-lasting equestrian surface for the serious rider; ready for use when needed.
THE FEI WHITE PAPER STARTS A CONVERSATION
In April 2014, the FEI produced a white paper providing background knowledge on the interaction between horse and surface and subsequently devised standards for equestrian surfaces. In it, five parameters were identified as important measures of a surface around which standards could be developed. The parameters including Impact Firmness, Cushioning, Responsiveness, Grip and Uniformity together describe the important features of a surface in relation to horse and rider engaged in equestrian sport.
With this knowledge, each surface Attwood makes is custom blended to suit the discipline and needs of the horse and rider. This process includes selecting from a wide range of sand options and raw material additives. Attwood draws from years of experience to know which ingredients to choose, where to find them, and how to mix them in order to achieve the optimum consistency with regard to firmness, cushioning, rebound and grip.
The horse really is our client.
We have always thought at Attwood Equestrian Surfaces that the customer really is the horse. With this in mind, we are always looking for ways to improve the experience of the horse with relation to both training and competing. “A horse that is happy in the footing is going to be more confident,” said Attwood. “I think of all the feedback we get on our products, one of the most satisfying parts of my job is learning about older horses who have a new lease on life after riding on our footing. That never gets old.”
Attwood went on to say, “I am very committed to this process and the products we sell. All horses deserve good footing. We are very pleased to be able to provide that experience for them.”