|First Posted March 8, 2009Jul 25, 2010|
Choosing Horse-Friendly Surface Materials
"Equestrian Design Guidebook for Trails, Trailheads and Campgrounds
When choosing surface materials, consider how comfortable and safe the surface is for the users and how well the material will stand up to the major forces that affect the surface's life:
Whatever the choice, make sure the materials are appropriate for the regional climate and the level of development. For equestrian use, materials should compact to a firm, slip-resistant surface that can withstand the impact of horseshoes. Paved surfaces provide little traction for horseshoes, and are rarely suitable. If possible, choose a surface material that produces minimal dust and whose color blends with the native soil. Sometimes making the surfaces a slightly different color helps users distinguish between areas, such as recreation site roads and parking spaces or parking pads..."
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