Frequently Asked Questions

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SOILTEX

1. Does the SOILTEX horse arena surface rot?

2. Is the SOILTEX horse arena surface affected by UV exposure?

3. How much SOILTEX horse arena surface do I need?

4. Does the SOILTEX horse arena surface blow away?

Equine Solariums

5. Is the Equine Solarium waterproof or water resistant?

6. How can you control the time of the Equine Solarium?

7. Are the Equine Solariums built in a safe way to be used with horses?

8. Can the Equine Solarium be used for healing and recovery purposes?

9. Is the Equine Solarium used only to dry your horse after washing?

Horse Stables

10. Can Capricorn Horse Stables be delivered in different dimensions?

11. Are the steel components of the Capricorn Horse Stable powder coated or hot dipped?

12. What is the bar distance of the Capricorn Horse Stables?

13. Are the border boards of the Capricorn Horse Stable made out of plywood or timber?

14. Do the panels of the Capricorn Horse Stables rot?

15. Do the panels of the Capricorn Horse Stables need to be painted or oiled?

16. Do the Capricorn Horse Stables have sliding or hinging doors?

17. Can the Capricorn Horse Stables be assembled without welding?

18. Can the Capricorn Horse Stables be supplied with removable side walls?

19. Do the Capricorn Horse Stables have horse-safe door closing mechanisms?

20. Are Capricorn Horse Stables freestanding or do they need to be fixed to the walls of the existing building?

21. Can Capricorn Horse Stables be supplied with matching windows/window frames and shutters?

Arena Grader

22. Can the Capricorn Arena Grader be used for sand and SOILTEX arenas?

23. Is the Capricorn Arena Grader designed so the corners of the arena are graded as well?

24. Can the Capricorn Arena Grader be handled with a 3-point linkage of a tractor?

25. In a Showjumping Arena can the Capricorn Arena Grader be used without taking the jumps away?

26. Can the number of tines on the Capricorn Arena Grader be altered?

27. Is the Capricorn Arena Grader available in different sizes?

28. Is the Capricorn Arena Grader equipt with a plough to pull in the arena edges?

29. How do you protect the arena walls from being damaged by the use of the Capricorn Arena Grader?


1. Does the SOILTEX horse arena surface rot?

Answer:

No, the SOILTEX horse arena surface is a man made fibre and does not rot. 

The SOILTEX horse arena surface does not support any bacteria or fungus growth.

2. Is the SOILTEX horse arena surface affected by UV exposure?

Answer:

No, the SOILTEX horse arena surface is made from poloyester fibres and these are not in any way affected by UV exposure. 

The SOILTEX horse arena surface can be used for both indoor and outdoor horse arenas.

Our supplier has indicated a lifespan of 15+ years.

SOILTEX has been installed in Australia for over 9 years and the first arenas installed are still riding beautifully - with NO top-up required.

3. How much SOILTEX horse arena surface do I need?

Answer:

We recommend to achieve the best results from your SOILTEX horse arena surface to mix 2kg of SOILTEX per square metre of the arena surface.

Adding more than this may result in a surface which is too "hard".

Using a lower grade of product (not SOILTEX) a larger quantity may be required to achieve a similar result.

BEWARE of surfaces offered that contain offcuts of sanitary waste, nappy and medical / paper material.

4. Does the SOILTEX horse arena surface blow away?

Answer:

No, the SOILTEX horse arena surface is mixed in with the sand of your arena / horse arena surface and is locked in with the sand and will not move at all.

5. Is the Equine Solarium waterproof or water resistant?

Answer:

Yes, the Equine Solarium is rated IP44 which means the unit is splash water resistant.  The Equine Solarium control box is rated IP65.

6. How can you control the time of the Equine Solarium?

Answer:

The Equine Solarium is supplied with an electrical control unit including a timer and cable complete with plug to connect the Equine Solarium to the control unit.

7. Are the Equine Solariums built in a safe way to be used with horses?

Answer:

Yes, the Equine Solariums are built with the safety of your horse as paramount.  The Equine Solariums have all rounded edges and the infrared heat lamps are well set back inside the body of the Equine Solarium.

8. Can the Equine Solarium be used for healing and recovery purposes?

Answer:

Yes, the energy of the infrared radiant heat of the Equine Solarium stimulates blood circulation and improves the healing and recovery process.

9. Is the Equine Solarium used only to dry your horse after washing?

Answer:

The Equine Solarium can be used for drying after washing, however the Equine Solarium is used as part of preparation and as a therapeutic treatment.

10. Can Capricorn Horse Stables be delivered in different dimensions?

Answer:

Yes, Capricorn Horse Stables can be delivered in any dimensions required, this enables the Capricorn Horse Stable to be fitted into any building.

11. Are the steel components of the Capricorn Horse Stable powder coated or hot dipped?

Answer:

The Capricorn Horse Stables can be supplied in both powder coated or hot dipped galvanised.

12. What is the bar distance of the Capricorn Horse Stables?

Answer:

The bar distance of the Capricorn Horse Stables is 53mm, this is the safest bar distance.

13. Are the border boards of the Capricorn Horse Stable made out of plywood or timber?

Answer:

No, the border boards of the Capricorn Horse Stable are made of PVC pannels.  This makes the Capricorn Horse Stable unique.

14. Do the panels of the Capricorn Horse Stables rot?

Answer:

No, the PVC panels used in the Capricorn Horse Stables do not rot.

15. Do the panels of the Capricorn Horse Stables need to be painted or oiled?

Answer:

No, the panels of the Capricorn Horse Stables require no maintenance and do not need to be painted or oiled.

16. Do the Capricorn Horse Stables have sliding or hinging doors?

Answer:

The Capricorn Horse Stables can be supplies with either roller (sliding) or hinged doors.

17. Can the Capricorn Horse Stables be assembled without welding?

Answer:

Yes, the Capricorn Horse Stables are manufactured so they can be assembled without welding.

18. Can the Capricorn Horse Stables be supplied with removable side walls?

Answer:

Yes, the Capricorn Horse Stables can be supplied with removable side and inner walls to provide a mare and foal boxes and also to make it less labour intensive when removing old bedding.

19. Do the Capricorn Horse Stables have horse-safe door closing mechanisms?

Answer:

The Capricorn Horse Stables door closing mechanisms are designed safe for horses and those that have to operate the doors.

20. Are Capricorn Horse Stables freestanding or do they need to be fixed to the walls of the existing building?

Answer:

The Capricorn Horse Stables can be supplied as both freestanding boxes and also the Capricorn Horse Stables can be supplied to fit into an existing building design.

21. Can Capricorn Horse Stables be supplied with matching windows/window frames and shutters?

Answer:

Yes, the Capricorn Horse Stables can be supplied with several different designs of windows, window frames and shutters to suit the building in which the Capricorn Horse Stables are located.

22. Can the Capricorn Arena Grader be used for sand and SOILTEX arenas?

Answer:

Yes, the Capricorn Arena Grader has been carefully designed to be used on both sand and SOILTEX arenas.

23. Is the Capricorn Arena Grader designed so the corners of the arena are graded as well?

Answer:

Yes, the unique design of the Capricorn Arena Grader allow the Arena Grader to include the corners in the grooming process.

24. Can the Capricorn Arena Grader be handled with a 3-point linkage of a tractor?

Answer:

Yes, the Capricorn Arena Grader is designed to be fixed to the 3-point linkage of a tractor.

25. In a Showjumping Arena can the Capricorn Arena Grader be used without taking the jumps away?

Answer:

Yes, the Capricorn Arena Grader has a swivel action which allows you to groom a Showjumping Arena without removing the jump wings.

26. Can the number of tines on the Capricorn Arena Grader be altered?

Answer:

The Capricorn Arena Grader is supplied with 16 tines, the number of tines used with the Capricorn Arena Grader is dependant on the surface on which it is used.

27. Is the Capricorn Arena Grader available in different sizes?

Answer:

The Capricorn Arena Grader can be supplied in 1,800mm and 2,200mm widths.

28. Is the Capricorn Arena Grader equipt with a plough to pull in the arena edges?

Answer:

Yes, the Capricorn Arena Grader is equipt with a plough to pull in the edges of the arena.

29. How do you protect the arena walls from being damaged by the use of the Capricorn Arena Grader?

Answer:

The Capricorn Arena Grader is fitted with a distance wheel to keep the Capricorn Arena Grader away from the arena wall.

Did you know that...

If you have a poorly designed arena you will need to carry out intensive grading. With a Capricorn EBB & FLOW arena maintenance requirement are kept to a minimum.

Any waxed arena surface consist of chemicals ( commonly a by-product of oil refining ) these chemicals could contaminate water streams.

The better a conventional arena drains - the more difficult it is to keep the sand moist.

That with a "conventional arena" with a fall for drainage purposes the sand washes down to the lowest point during heavy rain.

An Ebb & Flow arena requires less maintenance.

After HEAVY rainfall an Ebb & Flow arena is ready to ride on within 2 hours of the rain ceasing.

10mm of rainfall on an arena is 12,000l of water. With an Ebb & Flow System this water can be collected the same as water can be collected from the roof of a covered arena.

Providing a suitable Arena Surface is an important aspect of horse management that effects both performance and soundness.

SOILTEX is a unique / quality product that is manufactured by a well known and established ISO 9001 accredited fabric recycling company in Europe.

That for an EBB & FLOW arena you DO NOT need a base or irrigation system.

The terminology EBB & FLOW comes from the Dutch language “EBB & VLOED “ which means low and high tide.

SOILTEX minimises compaction and allows extended full movement and stride length in all gaits.

The structure of the SOILTEX mixed with the sand provides the required cushion and the mix of the multi denier fibres mimics the root system of grass.

If the riding surface is TOO HARD there will be insufficient hoof rotation, increased chance of sliding and excessive concussion.

The hoof of the horse makes contact and leaves the riding surface in different speeds and gaits. From canter which is asymmetrical to a piaffe and passage which is symmetrical.

For an EBB & FLOW arena you do not need any kind of gravel or mat/s under the sand surface.

If a horse is restricted in its natural hoof slide injuries could occur.

A horse that is used to being worked on a good riding surface (imported horse) will deteriorate quickly when be worked on an inferior surface.

Photos taken from a horse on a light/er coloured sand surface show much better than on a darker surface.

If you don’t have to worry about spending time irrigating your arena you can ride more horses and increase your income - EBB & FLOW system does this for you.

That an area surface which is too hard results in excessive concussion of your horses joints.

That a deep arena surface puts alot of strain on the tendons of your horse.

If your arena is built to drain very quickly after rain - this same arena will require alot of irrigation during dry periods.

An arena base which is permeable drains the water out of the sand layer - this means alot of water is required to keep the riding surface moist.

When you loose the fines in the sand the surface becomes unstable underfoot and will not hold water when you irrigate.

The brown water that drains from the surface of your arena contains all the fines from the sand. These fines are there to provide the correct sand particle size distribution.

To add so called "Metal Dust" does not improve drainage - it will however make the sand a packing sand resulting in a surface that will compact easily.

Arenas with a "Crown Shaped" base for better drainage are difficult to maintain - in general the surface on the Centreline gets thin and the tracks too deep and heavy.

Well draining arenas are also difficult to irrigate.

On a hard surface the horse could slip forward as well as backward by take off.


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