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Improve an Existing Arena

Premier Equestrian offers a complimentary sand analysis report and phone consultation to help improve your existing surface. Our free sand report and consultation can help you to narrow down the issues that you may be having with your arena surface. Many of our products can be added to existing sand so call one of our footing specialists to begin the conversation.

Steffen Peters trotting on Premier footing at Arroyo Del Mar

Things to consider:

  • Budget
  • Riding discipline
  • Climate
  • Traffic & usage
  • Availability of water
  • Drainage
  • Type of arena base
  • Quality of sand
  • Existing footing materials
  • Indoor or outdoor
  • Horse shows
  • Grooming equipment & maintenance program


To determine the condition of your existing arena surface and how we can help improve it, we first need to ask some questions. Complete the short questionnaire, click the submit button, and a footing specialist will contact you. Please contact us with any questions at 801.446.1857

After you have answered these questions, it will be important for us to see a sample of the sand you intend to use for your arena. Please visit our Free Sand Report page so we can determine which footing additive is right for you.

It’s All About the Sand

There is a vast amount of information to know pertaining to sand and aggregates. That’s why geologists and soil engineers are employed for doing large projects like damns, highways and buildings. For that same reason, we also employ a soil engineer to help determine the quality and compatibility of our customers’ sand.  We offer one free sand report to our customers in order for our sales staff to properly guide you through the process of getting qualified sand for your additive.

Free Sand Analysis Report

Sand is the most important ingredient in your arena. A sand sieve test helps to determine the quality, characteristics, and compatibility of our customers’ sand with Premier footing additives. We want to assure that your footing purchase will be effective and perform to your expectations. Our goal is to help you make an informed and educated decision about your arena footing purchase, and we’re here to guide you through the entire process. We offer one free sand report. Additional sand analysis reports are $45 each.

Send us a sample of your sand

You want to make an informed and educated decision about your arena footing. Our goal is to help you do this, not to sell you an overpriced arena footing or installation you don’t need. We want to help you understand your arena surface to ease your decision on the products that are right for you. Most horse owners know what they want; they just need information and guidance to get their desired results. Click the button below to fill out and submit the Arena Sand Evaluation Form – please fill out the form in its entirety. Once you fill out the form, follow the instructions below to properly collect your sand sample. Mail your sand sample to:

Premier Equestrian Sand Lab
8915 S. 700 E. #102
Sandy, UT 84070


For an  Existing Arena: We need a good representation of all the particle sizes in your existing arena. Go all the way down to the base when collecting your sand sample. Small sand particles tend to fall to the base while larger particles tend to be on the top. Collecting a sample from just the surface will give false readings in the test lab. Put 2 cups of the sand sample in a durable plastic bag with your name and phone number.

For a New Arena: Most sand quarries will have sieve reports (i.e. technical specifications) on the sands they sell. Sometimes the reports are out of date and inaccurate. If you intend to use new sand with a footing additive, we suggest sending us a sample. We will analyze the sand to verify its’ compatibility with your chosen footing product. Again, we do this for your protection.

How Arena Surfaces Affect Horse Biomechanics

Every stride is influenced by how the hoof interacts with the ground and the various qualities of the arena layers. An ideal arena surface allows horses to move efficiently, minimizes concussion, absorbs shock, provides support, and returns energy back to the horse. Watch this video to understand how different surfaces affect the biomechanics of the horse. Save

Official Footing Supplier of US Equestrian
Official Footing Supplier of US Equestrian

“Serrano helped teach us how to improve all arena surfaces, Serrano was deemed unsound at 12 years old. In an attempt to lengthening his career I studied bio-mechanics and riding surfaces. After applying this knowledge to my own arena, and stabilizing the surface. Serrano was able to go back to work and his lameness diminished. All his problems were brought on by deep, unstable, and loose sand. Rehabilitating my own arena extended Serrano’s career for over 7 years. Preserving the quality of my horse was most important, not to mention the huge savings of not having to retire him early. Serrano and I have made it possible to bring this knowledge to horse owners everywhere, with tremendous results.”

Serrano with Heidi Zorn

President, Premier Equestrian

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