rubber used for surfacing areas for horses
The equine performance industry reports noticeable
improvement in movement, flexibility and hoof quality, and a
reduction in fluid retention, when horses walk, trot and gallop
on recycled rubber equine pavers.
Because recycled rubber pavers are easier
to clean, and clean more thoroughly, the material is more hygienic
than other flooring materials – such as wood or concrete. Cow
mats made from recycled tires are increasingly used in dairy
barns throughout North America.
A special report by the Center for Equine
Health at the University of California, Davis, reveals that synthetic
horse track surfaces have the lowest values for vibration variables,
which reduces the forces incurred by bones, joints, tendons and
ligaments of the equine forelimb. The results of the report indicate
that synthetic surfaces have significant potential for reducing
musculoskeletal injuries in thoroughbred race horses.