When it comes to arena maintenance, one of the most common challenges we hear about is dust control. If you’re dealing with a dry, dusty riding arena and choking on clouds of sand and dirt, you know the struggle is all too real. Fortunately, Premier Equestrian has solutions to help: We offer a variety of safe and effective dust control products that minimize airborne particles and hydrate your footing to keep you and your horse happy and healthy.
But which dust control product is right for your arena? Much like skincare, finding the right product all depends on your personal needs, concerns, and lifestyle. Read on for more information about our dust control products—Slow Dust™, Premier Hydro-Keep, and new Arena Clear—and which situations they’re best suited to tackle!
WHAT IS SLOW DUST FOR HORSE ARENAS?
Slow Dust is a dust control product that reduces watering and improves the performance of your footing. Slow Dust uses a flocculation polymer to bind microscopic dust particles back together. Tiny dust particles in your arena float into the air, and water connects the polymer and dust particles in a network, making them heavy and no longer airborne.
HOW DOES SLOW DUST WORK?
Slow Dust is a flocculant that is safe for both horse and rider. Flocculants are commonly used in drinking water treatment plants to bind bacteria, viruses, and protozoa, enabling them to be removed from the water through filtration. Slow Dust can add a bit of traction to your arena because of the particle stabilization qualities. Moisture will be retained and the need to water your arena can be reduced by up to 50%.
HOW CAN SLOW DUST BENEFIT ARENA FOOTING?
- Helps reduce dust and retain moisture in your arena
- Adds stabilization to the surface
- Simple and easy to install and maintain
- Reduces operational and maintenance costs
- Environmentally safe and animal safe
- Can be used if Magnesium or Calcium Chloride has been used in the past
- Can last up to 16 months between treatments
SLOW DUST IS BEST USED FOR:
Indoor and outdoor riding arenas, racetracks, round pens, corrals, and paddocks. Slow Dust can be used with all our footing products, including rubber products and geotextile. Works well with sands that are loose and in need of additional stabilization.
WHAT IS PREMIER HYDRO-KEEP?
Premier Hydro-Keep is a safe, non-toxic polymer crystal that can reduce your arena watering by up to 50%. The crystals expand when wet, absorbing and retaining water. Over time, as the soil dries, the crystals contract and gradually release water to hydrate the surrounding area. As an added benefit, this continuous expansion and contraction reduces soil compaction.
HOW DOES PREMIER HYDRO-KEEP WORK?
Research shows that the super absorbent polymers in Hydro-Keep can release up to 95% of the water they absorb, making this moisture available for your surface. One pound of Hydro-Keep can absorb up to 40 gallons of tap water and 31 gallons of rainwater. Thanks to a neutral pH level, Hydro-Keep will break down into nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and water with no residual toxicity.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PREMIER HYDRO-KEEP?
- Helps reduce dust and retains water in your arena
- Breaks up compacted surfaces and offers cushioning
- Reduces watering intervals
- Lasts up to three years
- Non-toxic and safe for horses
PREMIER HYDRO-KEEP IS BEST FOR:
Indoor and outdoor riding arenas. Premier Hydro-Keep can be added to any of our footing additives for enhanced moisture retention and is ideal for clay-type surfaces or surfaces that tend to get hard and compacted.
The newest addition to our collection of dust control products, ArenaClear is a safe and easy-to-use agricultural product developed to help handle dust problems in riding arenas, paddocks, stalls, and other areas around your barn and farm. ArenaClear not only tackles dust problems, but also helps reduce the amount of water needed.
HOW DOES ARENACLEAR WORK?
ArenaClear is a unique, non-toxic proprietary formula of agricultural minerals and it creates a chemical and physical change in the soil. It allows your footing product to retain more water and to penetrate deeper into your footing, which means less watering and overall labor to control your dust problems.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FOR ARENA FOOTING?
- Minimizes dust and reduces watering by 50-60%
- Cost effective
- Wide range of coverage (one gallon will treat up to 10,000 square feet)
- Easy to apply (no special equipment is needed; a hose-end sprayer will do the job)
- Can be ridden on the same day you apply it to your arena
- Will not wash away; one application should last at least 1 year
- Non-slippery and odorless
- Environmentally and ecologically safe to use
ARENACLEAR IS BEST FOR:
Indoor and outdoor riding arenas, round-pens, paddocks, run-ins, stalls, walkways, roads, and other areas that might have a dust problem. Arena clear works with all types of soil and footing materials (sand/rubber, sand/clay, geotextile/mix, etc.), and works great with clay or natural bases to help hold moisture deeper into the surface.
Slow Dust, Premier Hydro-Keep, and ArenaClear are all designed to help reduce dust and watering in your horse arena, and they can all be used for indoor and outdoor arenas. These products are all safe for horses, humans and the environment, and require a simple DIY process.