At Blue Rock Group we have surfaced many stable blocks and stable yards throughout the UK, predominately around Newmarket, Suffolk. There we have been privileged to carry out works for the Emirates Stud Farm and Abington Place Stables.
There are two materials used for equestrian purposes; one is wet pour rubber, which consists of EPDM rubber granules bound together with polyurethane resin. This material is trowel applied and offers safety benefits as it is relatively soft on the horse’s hooves, however, it isn’t especially hard wearing and doesn’t usually last more than a few years due to continuous cleaning and heavy foot traffic.
The other option is 10mm SMA stone mastic asphalt; this material is designed to stand up to the heaviest of traffic and because of its relatively open texture; it helps prevent slip or fall by giving the horses extra grip.
Stone mastic asphalt is much cheaper, and you can lay it onto large areas over a short period of time via a tarmac paver. Stone mastic asphalt can be easily applied to both concrete and existing tarmac surfaces by merely carrying out any remedial works. If required cleaning, and then by spray applying a bond layer of CB45 catatonic emulsion, which ensures the new coating, adheres to the existing.
A professionally laid stone mastic surface up to twenty-five years so it’s a long term cost saving option and it’s easy to clean unlike wet pour rubber you can steam clean it without any issues a frequently as required.