The Durable Solution for Equestrian Arenas and Paddocks
The OTTO Sport Base Mat is made of resilient material, specially designed for equestrian sports. It’s used in equestrian arenas and paddocks, set underneath the footing to provide maximum drainage, water conservation, concussion mitigation and stability for horse and rider.
Features of the OTTO Sport Base Mat
OTTO Sport Arena Base Mats
Mats absorb up to 40% of the energy caused by the foot fall and are made from recycled synthetic materials.
- Drainage holes double as locking rings to prevent mat shifting, creating a separation between footing and the substance.
- Reservoirs hold water, releasing it back into the footing to maintain even hydration.
- Traction Knobs of varied heights prevent the horse from slipping while allowing some hoof movement.
- Locking Rings lock mats into the surface due to their conic shape, preventing shifting and stones can’t travel up into the footing.
Premier Equestrian is the official North American distributor for OTTO Sport
OTTO Sport Base Mats Pricing
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
Clean Separation of Layers
Everything stays where it is supposed to – including the Mat itself
OTTO Sport Base Mats create a clean and durable separation between subbase (in most cases crushed stone) and footing (sand/textile blend).
Locking rings on the bottom side of the mats have a conic shape and lock the mats into the sub-base, preventing stones from traveling up into the footing. Moreover, the locking rings provide stable fixation of the mats and prevent them from shifting.
Reliable and Quick Drainage
Farewell to puddles in the arena
Water puddles in the arena are not only annoying and – many horses reject the course because of them. Moreover, muddy paddocks can lead to painful hoof diseases in the long run.
OTTO Sport Base Mats drain excessive water quickly. Combined with a suitable sub-base and a water-permeable footing, muddy paddocks and unrideable arenas become a thing of the past.
252 holes in each mat provide fast drainage of excess water making the arena useable immediately after heavy rain, and the horses will never have to stand in puddles or mud when they are out in the paddocks.. The layer under the mats creates a pathway for high-volume water flow. Traditional arena bases are designed for water to flow over them, slowing down the drainage of your arena base. OTTO Sport Base Mats are designed to allow water to flow through them thereby solving all of these disadvantages.
Keeps the footing moist and the money in your pocket
A unique system of water cups on the top side of the OTTO Sport Base Mats store enough water to consistently supply the footing with moisture for an extended period of time.
Each mat holds up to one gallon. That equals 1,200 gallons for a standard 20 x 60 dressage court. The entire surface maintains even hydration for a more consistent footing.
Enhancing safety, health and performance
Horses apply a considerable amount of force to the surface, especially in showjumping. With a horse’s average weight of approx. 1,300 lbs, up to 5 tons of force may be applied on the surface when horse and rider land after a jump.
OTTO Sport Base Mats create a surface capable of absorbing a large part of this force to prevent short-term and long-term injuries of the horse.
According to a scientific study by the German Association for Technical Inspection (TÜV), the OTTO Sport Base Mats absorb more than 40% of the force applied on the surface.
This means that a large part of the force is absorbed by the surface instead of traveling back into the horses’ legs and being a considerable strain on joints, tendons and ligaments.
Stability and Concussion Absorption
OTTO Sport Base Mats increase the stability of the footing with a system of traction-knobs on the upper side of the mat. The traction-knobs are set at differing heights to maximize the stability. This guarantees a secure surface, preventing horses from slipping – a clear advantage during sharp turns.
OTTO Sport Base Mats absorb up to 40% of the energy caused by the hoof fall. The German Association for Technical Inspection (TÜV) confirmed the mat minimizes shock and concussion on impact. The mat provides this grip while allowing some movement of the hoof, minimizing concussion and hyper-flexion of tendons and ligaments during each phase of movement. Read More: OTTO Sport Base Mats – Shock Absorption Test Report (PDF)
Ready for takeoff
In addition to shock absorption, an ideal riding surface also needs to be able to return a part of the applied force. This will provide the horses with increased stability and will enhanced performance.
The OTTO Sport Base Mats has been specifically engineered for this purpose.
Due to the ideal density of the recycled PVC material used to produce the OTTO Sport Base Mats, the mat not only absorbs a large part of the force applied on it, but it also provides the horses’ legs with the optimal amount of rebound.
Lean back and relax … or rather lean sideways
Horses accelerating and making sharp turns need especially good grip and must not slip.
A system of traction-knobs of different heights on the upper side of the OTTO Sport Base Mat guarantees a secure surface with high stability. It prevents horses from slipping and sustaining serious injuries.
Footing applied over a flat base will shift under the weight of the hooves. Mats with equipped with knobs which all have the same height won’t provided sufficient grip; the footing will shift, similar to an avalanche.
Sahara or Siberia – the OTTO Sport Base Mat can handle it
Well-performing expansion joint — OTTO Sport Base Mats are installed with an expansion gap of approximately 1.5 inches between each mat. During strong temperature changes, the mats can expand and shrink without any trouble.
Along with the locking rings and weight holding them in place, sand cannot get under the mats, eliminating bulging and shifting of the surface.
Any material tends to expand when warming and contract when cooling. For large areas like paddocks or equestrian arenas, even a slight expansion has a great impact, such as waves in the surface.
Systems that interlock or install edge-to-edge will bulge out when warming. Sand can trickle down in the emerging cavities, forcing the mat up and dislodging it from its initial position.
Do it right once – be happy forever
Since the OTTO-PerforatedMat is produced using highest-quality material, it is extremely durable. After all, the Mats come with a guarantee of 20 years on functionality!
Even if the footing layer has to be replaced after many years, the entire base including the OTTO-PerforatedMat can be left untouched. After merely replacing the top layer, the arena will be in perfect shape, just like on its first day.
OTTO-PerforatedMats are manufactured from recycled synthetic materials, which actively contribute to environmental protection and sustainable development. Quality management also includes regular screenings conducted by the German Association for Technical Inspection (TÜV) that approve compliance with statutory regulations for soil and groundwater protection. According to this, the OTTO-PerforatedMats comply with all standards set by the German“Bundesbodenschutz-Verordnung” (Federal Soil and Groundwater Protection Order).
OTTO-PerforatedMats creates a proper and durable separation between the footing and the substructure. This increases the lifespan of the arena. Stones will not migrate up from the drainage layer into the sand footing, and sand will not migrate down into the drainage layer. This ensures a long lasting arena surface that remains consistent from installation into the future.
Durability & Warranty
OTTO-PerforatedMats have been installed on more than 5,000 equestrian facilities throughout the world and have impressively proven maximum performance and durability. OTTO Sport gives a 20-year warranty on the Mats when installed according to specifications.
Do-it-yourself Olympic quality
Although the equestrian world is fully aware of the importance of high-quality riding arenas, the journey to get them intimidates many.
But relax! The OTTO-PerforatedMat might be one of the most proven products in equestrianism worldwide, but its installation is quite simple.
Since the OTTO-PerforatedMats do not have to be interlocked or anchored but are only laid with a small gap, they can be installed quickly and easily.
A regular skill saw, jigsaw or chainsaw can be used to cut the Mats to size, for example on the arena border. (Please wear suitable protective clothing when cutting the Mats!).
We want to make sure that the installation of your arena is carried in a worry-free way without causing any unnecessary costs.
Whether it is do-it-yourself, supervision or turnkey solution: We will adapt to your individual circumstances and needs and will help you in fulfilling your dream of an own OTTO Sport surface.
We will be happy to provide you with a detailed installation manual when you purchase your OTTO-PerforatedMats!
You can find more about our installation service here.
It’s important that the soil is neither too hard nor too smooth. For horses, the soil has to be a little skidding, so it shouldn’t be too blunt. Additionally, the soil has to be water-permeable and ought to have a good degree of moisture. It should neither be muddy nor too dry. OTTO Sport mats fulfill these requirements. We also use OTTO mats in our indoor arena as we need a soil which is level but not slippery. The knobs on the mats provide a good consistency so horses will find a strong foothold.Klaus BalkenholRosendahl, Germany