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Footing for a New Arena

Building an equestrian arena is a complex process and there are many options to choose from. Understanding your needs and how to best achieve them is our specialty. We offer phone consultations to help you get started in the right direction.

For a very reasonable cost, we offer detailed consultation which can include: an on-site visit and survey, material specification, arena design, drainage, and implementation. We’ll work and communicate with your existing contractor or we can recommend one of the contractors around the country who specialize in arena building.

Things to consider:

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

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.

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