JUNE 2011

Recycled 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.