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Finding the right arena surface that works well for you and your horse can sometimes feel like a difficult task. After all, you want a surface that is not only safe but also works well as an arena surface. If you have been searching for arena surfaces, you may have noticed that there are plenty of options out there.

Perhaps you have even considered wood chip?

Wood chip is often a go-to choice for those looking for a reasonably affordable, sustainable and reliable arena surface.

At King Agriculture, we often get many customers looking to turn their low-grade timber into wood chip which they can later use for their indoor or outdoor arena.

We wanted to share with you the reasons why equestrians choose wood chip! And, answer your important question… is wood chip good for arena surfaces?


1.      It is environmentally friendly to use wood chip.

Although there are plenty of options out there for arena surfaces, you will be surprised to know that a lot of the options are not always as sustainable as they may lead you to believe. Wood chip however, is sustainable! You can contact us at King Agriculture to turn your old low-grade timber into wood chip – which you can then use in your arena!


2.      Wood chip is the ideal all-weather riding surface.

Ideal for both indoor and outdoor, wood chip is an ideal choice. If you choose to use it in an outdoor arena, you can feel best pleased with the fact that you can use the arena all year round. Of course, if there is heavy frost (like with many surface types) it is recommended that you avoid riding in the arena as it can become slippery.


3.      Wood chip is low-maintenance.

Wood chip is great for those looking for a quick and easy solution for their arena. There is not a lot of care that is required for arenas with wood chip surfacing. Of course, removing any muck and the occasional effort to even out the surface is advised. Wood chip does tend to bio-degrade quicker than its less natural competitors however, this is only due to it being a more environmentally sustainable option.


4.      Wood chip is soft and absorbent.

Wood chip is a comfortable surface for your horse to work on. It can be evenly distributed due to its lightweight therefore, it avoids any large lumps or piles forming. These lumps and piles can be disruptive when you are schooling as they can often throw your horse off-balance.


5.      The wood chip surface provides plenty of traction.

Traction is vital to not only ensure the safety of both rider and horse but, also allows the two of them to work well at their maximum capacity. Feeling confident that the surface is safe and secure will ultimately help you feel reassured when riding.


Here at King Agriculture, we offer a brilliant contract wood chipping service. This means that you can come to us to turn your low-grade timber into a useful wood chip that you can utilise for your arena.

This is an ideal service for those who are looking for not only a sustainable solution for their arena but for a solution that works well for both them and their equine friends.

It is our priority to deliver a quality service that you can rely on. That is why our team is always available to help you with whatever you may need.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.