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Willis & Ainsworth Ltd

Equestrian Products

Willis & Ainsworth can offer a range of Equestrian Products which are ideal for Menage Surfaces and Horse Arenas. Whether constructing a perfect all weather horse arena from the start or simply topping up and improving an existing one we are able to offer advice and help regarding products available to fit within your budget.

Sub Base

Drainage is one of the most important factors.  It is extremely important to take this into account when choosing the site for your new arena or school and also to go under your silica sand.  If any doubt you should always consult a drainage expert or reputable arena constructor who should also be able to advise appropriate products to use. 

We have a range of primary and recycled products that are excellent for the base of riding schools and arenas.  In an ideal world we would always recommend primary products are used but the cost of these can be prohibitive and there are some very good recycled products currently on the market which can be used as cheaper substitutes

We recommend the use of a porous membrane between the base and the silica sand.  This will prevent the sand from washing down into the base and drainage materials and clogging the base up. The membrane is also crucial in helping the sand retain some moisture.  The balance between the drainage and the moisture that the sand needs to be effective is crucial. Once again if in any doubt you must consult a drainage expert or reputable arena constructor.

Silica Sand

As an aggregate supplier we source our silica sands from all over the country and are only too happy to obtain what you ask for. We can supply Redhill fine, Dorset silica sand and Garside Silica sand should you require and many, many more.  The distance which you live from the quarries that extract and screen these sands can have considerable impact on the cost and sometimes it is necessary to compromise on the sand you would really like. 

You will be able to ride on some of the silica sands we supply when laid to a depth of 4 to 5 inches without the need for a rubber or alternative topping. The rubber, fibres or alternative topping should be laid according to the producer’s specifications.  It is imperative that you have given the sand time to compact before putting a topping on (usually around 2 weeks). It also needs to be rained on or watered for some time before this.