No. With diligent clean up after your horses your surface will be nearly dust free.
Some horsemen are concerned, and rightfully so, that their equine athletes will be exposed to harmful dust and debris from the kickback created on synthetic surfaces. Tapeta™ however has minimal kickback and no respirable dust . This was confirmed by an industrial hygiene survey conducted by Atlantic Environmental Incorporated (AEI). Their team of certified hygienists spent two days taking samples by attaching air testing devices to the horses bridles. The samples were then sent to certified government labs for analysis. Their report found the following:
AEI collected various air samples for respirable fibers, resirable dust, total dust and free silica. The respirable dust samples were collected on two tracks—one track covered with Tapeta™ Footings' artificial track surfacing material and the second track covered with traditional track materials of dirt and sand. . .
Each respirable fiber sample taken on the Tapeta Footings' practice track was below the laboratory limit of detection. . .
On the basis of the analytical results, AEI did not find any potentially harmful exposures to respirable dust, total dust, silica, or fibers to the horse and rider on tracks surfaced with the Tapeta Footings' material. However, the respirable dust samples taken on the standard dirt/sand track did indicate a risk of respirable dust exposure to horse and rider.
No. Tapeta™ is not intended to be ingested although the Material Safety Data Sheet on Tapeta™ states it is basically inert. Though it is not toxic, and though no horse has ever had any bad reaction to Tapeta™ either through ingestion, respiration, or skin contact, a condition similar to Sand Colic could occur if enough Tapeta™ is ingested.
Yes! An approved and properly functioning drainage system is imperative. We will provide you with the specifications for porous blacktop and the drainage system.
Yes you can roll it. We don't recommend rolling nor do we think you will want to once you experience the surface for yourself.
No. Moisture in the surface will crystallize but it will not freeze and become stiff or solid.
No. Tapeta™ is not as susceptible to erosion as conventional dirt/sand surfaces. The average thoroughbred track in America looses 2,000 tons of sand and dirt a year due to wind and water erosion. The vast majority of Tapeta™ loss results from the horses tracking it away when they leave the workout surface. Therefore only very minimal replenishing is needed, if at all.
No. Tapeta™ has minimal kickback so you will never have a mud covered horse and rider even in the wettest conditions. Tapeta™ has not been found to stain or damage clothing, fibers, etc. Any residue left behind by the Tapeta™ is easily washed away with detergent and water.
Indoor arenas typically have a 4 inch harrowed surface. Workout gallops and racing surfaces require a 7 inch harrowed surface.