Treadlite™ produces its premium equestrian surface from recycled rubber
The recycling process at Treadlite’s Cambridge purpose-built facility in New Zealand takes end-of-life tyres through a triple-treated refinery process with a series of shredders and magnets to produce a consistent material specifically designed for horse arenas.
Treadlite has worked alongside professional equestrian riders to develop and test this premium mix, and are proud to see competition equestrian centres and private horse arenas across New Zealand and Australia now choosing Treadlite.
Why Use Treadlite
Premium Horse Arena Mix
Here’s why Australian equestrian riders are choosing to ride on Treadlite:
Protects Horses' Hooves
Less wear and tear on horses’ hooves
Better Impact Absorption
Rubber reduces concussion on joints
Better take off for jumping
Reduced light reflection off arena surface
Maintains more even spread than traditional sand surfaces
Rubber layering means less sand dust while riding
Less Rain Affected
Remains less affected by rainfall than traditional sand surfaces
Suitable for any base
Testimonial by Heather Curry
“The best thing I love about it as well is that my horse feels so confident on it. He’s not feeling any hard corners anymore. He also is really prone to not giving his full body to me if he does not feel comfortable so I find that Treadlite has made this an amazing surface for me now.”
– Heather Curry
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Whats the recommended thickness?
Spread thickness is a personal preference, however professional riders who have trialled and tested our product recommend a 20mm plus spread thickness. With different thickness options for different budgets, use the calculator above to easily determine the number of bags you’ll require to cover your horse arena. Simply select a tab for your desired thickness then enter your arena dimensions for an instant calculation.
Installing Arena Mix
Learn more about the installation process for Treadlite’s Arena Mix.
Read Our Installation Guide
Prep the Arena
Level the arena surface to produce an even terrain and prevent accidents or injuries.
Divide the arena into equal sections and distribute the Treadlite bags evenly.
Tear open the Treadlite bags to allow the mix to spill out onto the arena’s surface.
Spread the Treadlite
Spread the Treadlite with a rake, levelling bar, chain harrows, or back blade for a uniform surface.
Read more about Treadlite Arena Mix in our informative brochure
Read an article about Treadlite’s Arena Mix from the Circuit Magazine
See our downloadbale flyer about our Arena Mix product
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Free Samples Available
We are offering free samples of our arena mix product so you can ‘try before you buy’. Simply fill out your details and wait to receive your treadlite area mix in the mail.
This offer is only available in Australia and New Zealand
Does the rubber have metal in it?
Our triple treated refinery process produces a consistent evenly sized material that we are happy to say is 99.9% metal free, we run an extra 2 magnetic beds after the final process just to be sure.
How long does it last and will I need to top it up once it is on my arena?
Some people like to top their arena up after they’ve ridden on it for a little while and have a better idea of the surface feel they want for their horse. However, whatever amount you have spread, your Treadlite Premium Arena mix will remain in place and won’t wear away.
Will it stain my horse’s legs?
No. We know some older types of rubber surfaces did stain horses legs and was noticeable on the white socks or white lower legs of the horses. However, Treadlite’s Premium Arena surface has been triple processed and leaves no residue.
Will it blow or wash away?
Under normal weather conditions, no. The rubber itself has irregularly edges which allows it to easily bind with the sand or other surface. This, combined with the traces of fibre which remain in the rubber and which absorb moisture, means that except for an extreme weather event you rubber stays where it is put.
Does the rubber stay on the surface or does it mix in with the sand?
Depending on how often you ride on your arena and what type of riding you do, the rubber will gradually combine with the top layer of your sand surface. However you will notice that immediately after rainfall it makes its way back to the surface again. Alternatively grooming your arena with conventional chain harrows or an arena rake quickly returns it to how it was when it was first spread.
What is the best surface to put the rubber on?
Individual preferences vary from rider to rider and much depends upon the type of soil you have and the position of your arena. Treadlite Premium Arena Mix spreads perfectly and works well with all types of sand, limestone, crusher dust etc. We recommend you seek the advice of your local arena contractor if you are unsure of the best surface for your needs.
Can I use Treadlite Premium Arena Surface on its own or is it better to put it on top of sand or some other surface?
Again individual preferences vary and although it can be spread directly on top of base-coarse, we have found the best results are achieved by laying a 10 -15mm layer of Treadlite Premium Mix on top of a base layer of sand or similar.
Can I use ordinary harrows to maintain the surface or do I need a special rake?
Yes ordinary harrows work just fine and of course an arena rake will also work perfectly.
Can I spread it myself?
Yes you can. Treadlite Premium Arena Mix comes in convenient 350kg bags with sturdy handles which can easily be lifted with the forks of a tractor and have a drawstring opening in the underside which allows you to control the flow of rubber when you open it. Alternatively if we deliver the rubber straight to you we can do the spreading for you.
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