A footing star was born when Premier Equestrian first introduced the ArenaAid® footing additive in 2014. Today, ArenaAid continues to top the bill of best-selling products for the company thanks to its value and versatility, and its Premier Equestrian’s most popular footing additive for everything from professional training and boarding facilities to DIY at-home arenas.
ArenaAid packs a powerful punch of key factors that enhance a riding surface’s quality, including increased cushion, cupping, rebound, grip, and moisture retention. The textile-based footing additive was designed with a unique formula of nylon and polyester fibers to blend, which works favorably with a wider variety of new or existing sands than other textiles on the market. The blended fibers stabilize the sand by trapping loose, rolling particles to give the footing better structure. Additionally, the fibers work to reduce dust and decrease the need for watering by holding moisture at the arena’s surface. ArenaAid mixes well with most sands, making it an ideal solution for budget-conscious arena owners who can’t afford to compromise on quality.
ArenaAid has become a consumer and competitor favorite across riding disciplines, attracting attention for both its value and exceptional versatility. ArenaAid has been installed in the riding arenas of top professional equestrians, including dressage Olympians Steffen Peters, Laura Graves, and Adrienne Lyle. Others include dressage trainers David Blake and Sahar Hirosh, Olympic eventer Gina Miles, and noted hunter competition judge Page Tredennick.
For dressage trainer Sahar Hirosh, ArenaAid was the perfect solution to transform his existing footing into a world-class, professional riding surface. Hirosh had been struggling with dusty, dry footing that required watering three times a day to keep it in rideable condition. When he came to Premier Equestrian with his problem, the company examined his existing arena sand and recommended adding ArenaAid to keep the footing moist for longer and keep dust to a minimum. ArenaAid was installed in his footing, and the results were unquestionable.
“Premier’s solution, ArenaAid, was very affordable, and now I water my arena with the automatic sprinklers only one time each day and drag it once. It was amazing what they did,” said Hirosh.
ArenaAid was also installed in the outdoor riding arena of Olympic dressage star Laura Graves, in combination with another popular Premier Equestrian footing product, Premier ProTex®. Graves consulted with Premier Equestrian to find a solution for some lingering issues in her existing arena, and the company worked with Graves to design a solution specifically to meet her riding and training needs.
In addition to making for a cleaner, lower-maintenance riding surface, ArenaAid can breathe new life into old footing by increasing several factors that support a horse’s natural biomechanics. The textile additive increases cushion, which absorbs the force exerted by a horse’s footfall, and it also supplies rebound, which reflects the energy of the horse’s step upward, helping to propel it forward in a continuous motion. The stabilization created by the ArenaAid fibers also increases grip, keeping the horse’s feet from slipping and maximizing the efficiency of its overall forward motion.
For the last decade, Premier Equestrian has been studying how equestrian arena surfaces interact with horse biomechanics. All Premier Equestrian arena footing products are formulated with biomechanics and injury prevention in mind. Premier Equestrian was recently named the FEI Footing Advisor for the ECCO FEI World Championships taking place in Herning, Denmark this year. Premier Equestrian has supplied their footing products for the Winter Equestrian Festival, Major League Show Jumping, Desert International Horse Park, and many more.
Premier Equestrian is North America’s leading supplier of high-quality footing products, arena drags, OTTO Sport base mat systems, arena hydration products, and arena consultation. Premier Equestrian is a recognized expert in horse arena footing as it relates to equine biomechanics. This knowledge is used daily to help horse owners across North America improve arenas and footing for the safety and performance of their horses. Call 800-611-6109 or visit PremierEquestrian.com to learn more.