Use of surface testing devices to identify potential risk factors for synthetic equestrian surfaces

Holt, D., Northrop, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-4339-1211, Owen, A., Martin, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-7560-7611 and Hobbs, S.J., 2014. Use of surface testing devices to identify potential risk factors for synthetic equestrian surfaces. Procedia Engineering, 72, pp. 949-954. ISSN 1877-7058

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Mechanical properties of sports surfaces have previously been shown to be influenced by surface drainage, moisture content and compaction but these factors have not yet been quantified for equestrian surfaces. The aim of the study was to examine the effect of three moisture levels (11.96 ± 1.63%, 17.31 ± 1.14%, 19.08 ± 0.78%) and three rates of compaction (1.647±0.02 g/cm3, 1.748±0.046 g/cm3, 1.766±0.039 g/cm3) on the functional properties of a synthetic equestrian surface constructed over two distinct drainage profiles. The surfaces with a high (19.08%) moisture content and medium density when laid on permavoid™ had the most favourable results when taking into account all of the measured parameters with regards to reducing the risk of injury yet potentially offering sufficient support to the horse for efficient locomotion.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Procedia Engineering
Creators: Holt, D., Northrop, A., Owen, A., Martin, J. and Hobbs, S.J.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: 19 June 2014
Volume: 72
ISSN: 1877-7058
S1877705814006766Publisher Item Identifier
Divisions: Schools > School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 15 Jun 2017 08:32
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2018 13:17

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