Equine synthetic surfaces are expected to behave consistently to produce optimal performance and reduce the risk of injury. Assessment carried out by RACES can support these expectations. Our laboratory and in-field tests provide unique data that characterises surface materials and performance. Data from these tests can be readily available to arena and racetrack managers to support maintenance decisions and long term management plans.

Field Services

Using mechanical testing equipment, our series of on-site tests characterise the functional properties of an equine surface.

  • Maintenance Quality System

    £POA More info
  • OBST (in-situ functional properties testing)

    £POA More info
  • GWTT (in-situ torque testing)

    £POA More info

Biomechanical Services

The movement or loading response of a horse to an environment or equipment can be determined using kinematic and kinetic measurement techniques.

More info Lab Services

Laboratory based testing can be used to determine the composition and specific performance aspects of surface samples under controlled conditions.

  • Tri-axial shear strength

    £475 per sample More info
  • Organic matter

    £35 per sample More info
  • Hydrometer

    £85 per sample More info
  • Permeability

    £POA More info
  • Water holding capacity

    £30 per sample More info
  • Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)

    £200 per sample More info
  • Fibre separation

    £60 per sample More info
  • Microscopy (Sand morphology OR Fibre morphology)

    £30 per sample More info
  • Sieve dewaxed and sieve analysis

    £40 per sample More info
  • Moisture content

    £30 per sample More info
  • Gas chromatography

    £415 per sample More info
  • Wax separation

    £285 per sample More info