there any steel content in Surefoot?
No. Surefoot 1/2 inch chips are smaller
than most others. The smaller the chips,
the less likely they are to contain
embedded steel wire. To ensure that
all wire is removed, Surefoot chips
pass through 4 unique, state of the
art magnets during the manufacturing
process. This extra attention literally
ensures no steel content. In fact, Surefoot
is guaranteed to be 99.9% steel-free.
Will SureFoot crumble, disintegrate,
No. Surefoot chips are made from 100%
tire rubber. All tires are made of vulcanized
rubber… the vulcanizing process
makes the rubber literally indestructible.
SureFoot ever slippery?
No. The Surefoot/sand mix is one of
the safest footings you can use, especially
when it comes to traction. Surefoot
rubber promotes instantaneous drainage
and will not freeze or become slippery.
Is SureFoot ever dusty?
Being that the rubber does not break
down, it will not create dust. In fact,
Surefoot is often added to existing
footing specifically to reduce dust.
It is recommended that Surefoot be mixed
with sand and your choice of sand will
make a big difference in how dusty your
arena gets. Surefoot does contain a
certain amount of fiber. When watered,
these fibers will retain tiny amounts
of moisture and thus reduce dust and
the need to water frequently.
How does Surefoot compare
with shredded sneakers and other forms
of rubber? "Rubber
for footing applications is generally
made from recycled tires. There are
rubber footings available made from
products such as sneakers, golf grips,
conveyor belts, and lacrosse balls.
However, compared to tire rubber they
are lighter weight and tend to blow
or wash away and will break down over
time" ( Under Foot 2000 edition).
outdoor Surefoot surfaces blow or wash
away? No. Surefoot chips
are too heavy to be significantly affected
by normal high winds or heavy rains.
Surefoot come in any color besides black?
Yes. For stables and horse parks that
want to make a big visual impact, we
offer custom-colored Surefoot to match
stable or corporate colors at a reasonable
durable is colored Surefoot?
The chips are no less durable than black
Surefoot. As leaders in the recycled
rubber industry, we have developed a
non-toxic, highly durable paint for
the rubber. The end result is that the
colored Surefoot should not fade any
faster than that of good quality house
paint, and may very well last much longer.
Is Surefoot toxic?
No. Surefoot is non-toxic (and in the
case of colored surfacing chips, only
non-toxic paints are used). The chips
have no taste appeal, but if they should
be accidentally swallowed, test reports
show that the chips will simply pass
through the digestive tract of both
humans and animals. (Maryland Enviornmental
Surefoot chips smell? No.
Some odor may be present at the time
of installation, but, similar to installing
a new shower curtain, any odor will
Surefoot blacken the area where they
are installed? No. Unlike
wood mulch or chips which can bleed
when wet, Surefoot does not stain.
happens to leaves or pieces of hay that
fall or blow onto Surefoot surfaces?
Those that are not removed
by lightly raking the surface will simply
drain through the chips and decompose
Surefoot be used in horse stalls?
Yes, however we don't recommend it,
because over time, substantial amounts
can end up being removed through daily
mucking of stalls.
How is Surefoot installed?
For arenas, we recommend the base be
prepared ahead of time using 4-6 inches
of crushed stone and compacting it well,
to the hardness of asphalt. Once the
base is ready, Surefoot is delivered
by truckload and dumped at the entrance
to the arena. Although Surefoot can
be used alone, we recommend mixing 1"
of Surefoot with 1.5"-2" of
sand that meets the ASTM standard C-33.
One ton of Surefoot spread to 1"
deep, covers approximately 860 square
feet. For breeding sheds, we recommend
4-12 inches of Surefoot, in a color
to match your farm's identity.
maintenance is required?
As with any type of footing, you will
probably want to water and drag a Surefoot
arena occasionally. However, you will
find that it's necessary less often
with Surefoot than with other footings
that compact or get dusty easily.
the Department of Environmental Protection
bother property owners where Surefoot
is installed? No. The
DEP "strongly promotes the use
of recycled products since it is essential
to the long-term success of local and
national recycling programs." In
fact, the DEP visited the Surefoot manufacturing
plant and has expressed enthusiasm for
the company's efforts to rid the environment
of hazardous tire disposal sites by
creating a positive environmental use.
The DEP also says that the use of Surefoot
recycled tire chips in equestrian arenas
is not subject to DEP regulation, and
there are no special removal requirements
associated with the closing of an arena
that has used the footing.
is shock absorption determined?
The U.S. Consumer product Safety Commission,
the U.S. Testing Company, and the State
of Illinois, among numerous state and
federal agencies, independent laboratories
and licensed testing companies have
conducted various tests designed to
measure the shock-absorption of various
surface materials as they relate to
falling objects. Tire rubber chips have
been shown to consistently absorb more
shock impact than any other standard
surface material, including sand, blue
stone, shavings and mulch. This is particularly
important because the repeated concussion
horses experience from being ridden
on hard surfaces can set the stage for
arthritis and shortened performance
does the cost of Surefoot compare to
other products? Surefoot
is generally a little bit higher initially
than sand, mulch, and other footings,
but because no annual replenishment
is needed, the savings quickly add up
with Surefoot. Surefoot only needs to
be installed once.