Ocala, FL-- International riders and veterinarians strive to develop sports medicine programs that keep top horses fit to compete. Carefully selected nutrition plans, specialized training programs and quality shoeing are three keys to success. However, the best-laid plans can be quickly derailed by deep or hard footing. Fortunately, equestrians now have access to one of the world's best surfaces and arena construction, available in North America by Wordley Martin Equestrian.
Whether you compete in hunters, jumpers, equitation, dressage or Western, you make a large financial and emotional commitment to your horse. Providing a safe and effective daily training surface is critical. Footing that is too heavy and unstable can result in injuries, including soft tissue damage, such as suspensory tendonitis, because of the extra propulsion needed to leave the ground. Equally damaging, hard surfaces can result in joint and skeletal problems of the legs, back and shoulders.
While many arena manufacturers focus on shock absorption from the surface of the arena, Wordley Martin Equestrian carefully constructs every layer with safety in mind. The surfaces and unique design provide the optimal amount of cushion, give and grip allowing your horse to train safely and confidently regardless of weather conditions.
"The [daily training surface] is important in the prevention of joint pain, arthritis and soft tissue injuries," says Alex Rey, D.V.M., M.S., who specializes in sports medicine and lameness in sporthorses at his practice in Wellington, Florida. "You significantly reduce the incidence of soft tissue and training related lameness from this type of surface. This is the closest to the perfect footing you can get. There is a little bit of give and you get better forward motion of the foot with this surface."
Dr. Rey is a rider as well as a veterinarian. From his upbringing with racehorses, to his early competitive career in dressage and showjumping, Dr. Rey has seen firsthand how footing impacts a horse's health and wellness. "Horses speak to you in so many ways, you just have to know how to listen," he says. As part of his extensive diagnostic processes Dr. Rey evaluates the horse in the stall, in hand, under saddle, in competition and on video, as part of his comprehensive soundness evaluation. "The way a horse compensates tells where the primary source of the pain is he explains. With nearly 18 years of veterinary practice that has included time in Europe comparing notes with European veterinarians, Dr. Rey understands how footing can help or hinder a horse's performance. He recently had a Wordley Martin Equestrian arena installed at his practice in Wellington, Florida.
"With a Wordley Martin Equestrian arena, horses have a better hold of the ground and feel more comfortable at take off and landing. When the horse is comfortable and feels solid, it doesn't have to change its stance to compensate for the ground at take off, increasing the risk of injury," Dr. Rey says.
Dr. Rey also praises the simple maintenance required to keep a Wordley Martin Equestrian arena in prime condition. "It is impressive how easy the arena is to maintain," he explains. "You just need to drag and water it. Nothing fancy."
Dr. Rey isn't the only veterinarian praising Wordley Martin Equestrian arenas. "This footing system puts less stress on ligaments and tendons while supporting the efficiency of locomotion for the equine athlete," says Duncan Peters D.V.M., M.S. of the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Kentucky, one the world's foremost veterinary clinics.
International riders also understand the importance of quality footing. Regardless of discipline, it requires years to bring a horse to the top of his sport. Riders must carefully plan each stage of their horses' careers and pay careful attention to footing to ensure their horses reach the top. Wordley Martin Equestrian arenas are quickly becoming the ring of choice. USET member and World Cup Finals competitor Schuyler Riley explains, "This is the best footing I've ever ridden on. It has the perfect balance of traction and give. Furthermore, I love the fact that it's a natural material, which I believe is better for all horses' soundness."
Fellow USET member Brianne Goutal agrees. "Being dedicated to my horses, and training hard on a daily basis is important. Training on a Wordley Martin ring allows me to do this. I absolutely love it," she says.
Wordley Martin Equestrian considers every factor as they design, construct and install the surfacing blends in their riding rings. These factors include soil composition, natural drainage and slope, climate, number of horses and riding disciplines. The construction phase entails stabilizing the sub-grade material, creating the sub-base and base, and customizing an irrigation plan based on the customer's water availability. The final phase involves installing Wordley Martin Equestrian's exclusive surfacing products. Wordley Martin completes the process by providing detailed instructions on how and when to water and drag the surface. Their construction makes maintenance easy and their affordable annual maintenance and servicing programs offer continued support.
To learn more about these state of the art riding arenas, please visit Wordley Martin Equestrian, LLC at http://www.wordleymartin.com
About Wordley Martin Equestrian
After competing in 22 countries and riding on many types of surfaces, international show jumpers Sharn Wordley and Craig Martin, both from New Zealand, were determined to make effective, safe footing available to North American athletes. The result is Wordley Martin Equestrian, which offers premium riding ring construction and specialized surfacing products. Customers include international competitors Kevin Babington, Schuyler Riley, Peter Pletcher, Dr. Alex Rey, Will Coleman, Kirk Webby, Max Amaya, Brianne Goutal, Derek Braun, and more.
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