LiteStride™ Dust-Free Horse Arena Footing has been the more economical version of dust-free footing since 2003, and continues to offer horses and riders one of the best arena surfaces in the world for competing and training. LiteStride™ is being used for a wide variety of disciplines including Dressage and flat work, low-level Hunter/Jumper, therapeutic riding, and small training and clinic barns. This footing offers up-and-coming riders a chance to experience the benefits of a dust-free arena as well as excellent traction and stability, yet is ideal for budget-conscious barns. LiteStride™ can be used both in indoor arenas and outdoor arenas!
LiteStride™ is a dust-free horse arena footing that uses a mixture of pure silica sand, a select blend of synthetic fibers, and a specialized wax coating. This combination of components produces a stable yet supportive footing for horse and rider. The fiber and wax combine to reduce the amount tracking by creating a web-like lattice that is both cushioned and resilient. LiteStride™ is not as stable as the TruStride™ footing, and requires more grooming to maintain optimum conditions. Although LiteStride™ still requires some grooming compared to TruStride™, the footing is a significant improvement over any traditional arena footing for traction and reduced grooming. Customers are amazed to see how responsive and supportive LiteStride™ is, discover that this dust-free arena footing is a step above the rest.
The wax is a key component to LiteStride™ to make a completely dust-free footing that is also low maintenance. There is no need to water the arena, ever. Moreover, our arena footing is very hydrophobic meaning the majority of rain and other liquids sheet off the surface or wick immediately through the footing making LiteStride™ ready for riding and training immediately after rain events in your outdoor arenas. Creating a dust-free environment can have significant benefits for the lungs of both horse and rider,producing better conditions for riding and training. Overall, our waxed LiteStride™ footing offers you more riding time, better riding conditions, and an extended season for training.
The LiteStride™, like our TruStride™, footing can be used in both indoor arenas and outdoor arenas and it has excelled in cold weather temperature swings. The depth usually recommended for riding disciplines such as Western/Pleasure and Dressage, is 3 ½ inches. For those riders performing higher jumps or managing a busy barn, we would encourage you to consider the TruStride™ material as it will pay off in added stability and performance as well as lower maintenance costs.
If you would like to see exactly how our footing is installed, visit our YouTube page for our Installation Video.
Training and Increased Performance
Horses can train harder and longer on LiteStride™ because the footing works with the horse, not against it. Springing off the surface rather than struggling through it allows for proper and more efficient movement. LiteStride™ is a forgiving surface that minimizes the chance of injury. Less injuries keeps training sessions consistent and cuts down on expensive rehabilitation bills.
When a horse trains on LiteStride™ or any of IGK’s footings, they build up a lot of confidence, which leads to better, more effective training and riding sessions. The consistent surface responds to the horse, providing them with uniform traction during difficult movements allowing them to feel confident in taking that next step. The consistency of the footing keeps them from stumbling, and the trainer will see faster improvements because the horse is focused on the training rather than where to place a foot.
Economics and Maintenance
One of the biggest advantages of LiteStride™ arena footing is that fact that is doesn’t need to be watered, ever. The footing is completely coated in a wax product that keeps all the footing components in place. Eliminating water use saves money, and especially saves time that can now be invested in riding and training. The wax does not break down, thus creating a perpetual dust-free surface. Eleven years and we have yet to recoat an arena!
LiteStride™ arena footing is one of the economical way to upgrade your horse arena to being dust-free. Balancing budget and performance, LiteStride™ provides many of the benefits of TruStride™ at the right price.
Even though LiteStride™ arena footing is not as stable as our premium product, TruStride™, it is a significant improvement over traditional footing by reducing the amount of maintenance and grooming needed in the arena. Most of our customers are surprised at how easy LiteStride™ is to maintain. Since the footing reduces the amount of tracking and minimizes compaction. We recommend a regular, light grooming once every two weeks to twice a month.
In addition to grooming less, the type of groomer is much smaller, less aggressive, and costs a lot less than traditional grooming drags. Check out our media tab for pictures on the types of groomers we recommend.
LiteStride™ is virtually weatherproof and used for both indoor arenas and outdoor arenas. The wax coating makes the footing essentially waterproof, causing water to run off the surface or quickly wick out of the footing to the base leaving the footing ready for riding.
Before any maintenance is done, make sure your arena’s footing is at an equal depth across the arena. One quick way to check depth is to take a small potting trowel or ruler, and mark it from 1″ to 4″ and walk around your arena, randomly checking the depth in different places. Note low and high areas, and groom the footing from high to low.
PARMA Arena Groomers
We have had many customers use the PARMA Groomer for their IGK Equestrian arena footing. The PARMA will need the tine conversion kit in order to replace the more aggressive spring tines that is normally equipped. Once these are adjusted, your arena base should be well protected. With the new types of footing, the harrows work on only the top inch to two inches of footing. You should avoid an aggressive harrow.
If you decide to use a harrow in your arena, be sure to harrow in different directions each time you groom. Also alternate harrowing diagonally to prevent shifting the footing to the outside rail.
Take care not to harrow the same way, as that will gradually move even the most sturdy, stable footing.
When you harrow the footing, make sure you are not digging too deep and touching the base.
You MUST pick up any manure in your arena. If manure is left in the footing it can break down and not only release airborne bacteria but can also break down and cause dust in your arena.
Lunging is the worst thing for any footing, and TruStride™/LiteStride™/5K Ranch™ are no exception. The horses will tend to move the footing so much because of the repetitive exercise, the base will be exposed and compromise the base and the footing. When lunging on IGK Equestrian footing, we suggest to continually move around the arena as you lunge so that you do not wear down into the base. If at all possible, lunge in another arena or round pen. This is a serious rule to enforce in order to preserve your footing.
This is a Limited Warranty. This Warranty is being offered by the Manufacturer of the Arena Footing being installed by the Owner for the Project, in accordance with the Contract Agreement between the Owner and the Manufacturer dated ______________. This Warranty shall become effective on the date the dust free Footing (Footing) has been delivered in full per “Contract,” to the Owner’s job site. This Warranty does not cover the consequences upon the Work of latent conditions in the structures or the site that exist at the time of the execution of this Agreement. All Warranty claims must be made to the Manufacturer in writing within the Warranty period.
The Manufacturer warrants to Owner that the Footing to be supplied under this Agreement shall be free from defects in materials for 30 days. Notification of defects must be made to the Manufacturer during this 30-day period. The Manufacturer warrants to Owner that the Footing to be supplied will remain dust-free, non-watering for a period of five (5) Years from the effective date of the Warranty period. During the Warranty period any defects in the dust-free footing material installed in the arena shall be remedied by repair or replacement. Manufacturer shall furnish all labor and materials required for such repair or replacement, all at Manufacturer’s expense. The means and methods used by Manufacturer in effecting such repair or replacement shall be at Manufacturer’s sole discretion.
Manufacturer shall not be responsible for any secondary or consequential damage caused by the defect(s). No steps taken by the Manufacturer to correct defects shall act to extend the Warranty period beyond the initial term of 30 days for materials and five (5) years for remaining dust-free with respect to defects appearing after these respective periods of time. Failure by the Owner to pay when due any outstanding balance to the Manufacturer shall be grounds for deferring Warranty work until such outstanding balance is paid in full. The Warranty period shall not be tolled by such delay.
The Manufacturer warrants optimum footing performance is experienced between ambient temperatures of 10 degrees and 90 degrees. Temperatures outside this range will result in altered performance characteristics. The manufacturer does not warrant optimum performance in these situations. Riding on the footing will be at the discretion and responsibility of the Owner.
Any Footing installed at less than Manufacturer’s recommended depth, will void all Warranties.
This Warranty expressly excludes deepness, hardness or other problems associated with improper maintenance, any damage occasioned by misuse such as free lunging, turnout, accident, or contamination from horse manure and/or the introduction of foreign materials of any kind whatsoever, including but not limited to, materials used in the arena base or sub base. If it is determined that a Warranty claim and Manufacturer site visit was occasioned by any of the items expressly excluded above, the Owner, agrees to reimburse the Manufacturer for all expenses associated with the visit.
This Warranty is extended only to the Owner, and is not transferable except to an entity.