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FAQs

Why is stresan® particularly suitable as an equestrian surface?

Equestrian sand must have very special characteristics in order to be used as a riding surface. Our stresan® sand is unique in that its fine stresan® grain-size curve creates an excellent water retention capacity. This reduces dust accumulation and only compresses the sand to such an extent that it offers the hoof optimal penetration and stability. Our stresan® also has a very high silica content. A silica grain has a high degree of hardness, making it more resistant to grain pulverisation and abrasion, both of which lead to the accumulation of dust. The minimal amount of slurry materials is also a sign of the high quality of our sand.

Is stresan® purely natural product?

We offer stresan® in a variety of mixtures. Depending on which discipline the surface is intended for and the requirements which need to be met, we mix fibres or woodchips into the sand. Our stresan® A does not, however, contain any additives and is therefore a purely natural product.

How do I know, which type of sand I need?

The type of the sand for the tread layer is in particular depending on your requirements:

  • Are you planning to build an outdoor or indoor riding facility?
  • Is there a focus on one equestrian discipline?
  • By how many horses is the arena used daily?
  • What material is used for the foundation layer?
  • Are there restrictions concerning structural or legal issues?

Your answers to these questions allow us to make a recommendation for your equestrian surface. Therefore we will be happy to advise you in a personal meeting or phone call, without any obligation and without any charge, of course.

Which quantity of stresan® is needed for a riding arena?

For outdoor riding arenas we recommend a tread layer of 12 centimeters und in indoor riding arenas however a tread layer of 10 centimeters. In order to calculate the amount of sand needed, the size of the arena is multiplied with the specific weight of the sand and the high of the tread layer. Our example: outdoor riding arena with the dimensions 20m x 40m: (20,00 m x 40,00 m x 0,12 m) x 1,7t/m³ = 160 tons. For an outdoor riding arena with the dimensions 20meters x 40meters we recommend a quantity of approx. 160 tons of sand. This equals around six semitrailer trucks; minimal quantity variances during the process of loading are possible.

What should be kept in mind when using stresan®?

When used outside, stresan® A (without additional materials) dispels excess water across the surface, making the construction of a drainage system under the riding surface unnecessary. However, this is only the case when your area has a lateral slope of 1 to 2%. The foundation of your riding arena must also be stable and have a sufficient load-bearing capacity. Additionally, please ensure that there are no barriers at the end of the slope, as this can lead to a build-up of water. In contrast, our riding surfaces made from sand mixed with fibres or woodchips are very permeable to water and require suitable infrastructure. A further measure which is important when using equestrian sand is regular maintenance. The best way to keep your surface in good condition can be found in our maintenance instruction guide which is available via our download area. If you need any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How does an order process work?

You can order stresan® by phone, email or by filling in the contact form on our website. We also distribute our equestrian sand via builders’ merchants and companies that construct equestrian arenas. If you wish to order via them please consider the following advice. As soon as we receive your inquiry via contact form, email or phone, we will send you a non-binding offer or give you a call in order to discuss further details about your requirements and send you an offer afterwards. After you have ordered the sand, we send you a corresponding order confirmation. Please sign the confirmation and send it back to us via email or fax. As soon as we have received your request, we will make arrangements for your equestrian sand to be prepared and shall inform you about the exact delivery date. Of course we try to take your desired delivery date into account.
Please keep in mind that our service does not include the construction of equestrian arenas. Our task is to give advice and deliver the material - especially stresan® for the tread layer. If you have no experience in building equestrian arenas, we recommend approaching a company which is specialized in constructing riding arenas.

How do you find a professional builder for equestrian arenas?

There is a variety of companies which have specialized in constructing equestrian arenas, some garden and landscape construction businesses also build equestrian surfaces. We are working closely together with a couple of companies specialized in constructing equestrian arenas and trust in their experience and know-how. Therefore we can in all conscience recommend them to our customers, so please don’t hesitate to ask us for a contact person in your region.

What should be kept in mind when having stresan® delivered from a distributor?

There is no guarantee that you will get original stresan® ─ “Kirchhellener Sand” when purchasing from a distributor or a company that constructs equestrian arenas as rights relating to the term “Kirchhellener Sand” cannot be protected. In order to avoid misunderstandings and to ensure that you actually receive original stresan® you should definitely make a point of asking for the stresan® brand and have this confirmed on your order.By the way: Customers who order directly with us receive a certificate of authenticity. This verifies that original stresan® ─ Kirchhellener Sand from our own mining fields is delivered. Due to the impeccable reputation of our products we would like to offer owners of riding arenas the chance to use the certificate as a reference for their business. However, if you do choose to order with a distributer, we can still provide you with the certificate of authenticity. All you need to do is send us a copy of your delivery note or invoice where stresan® is stated.

Are deliveries possible at short notice?

Yes. Due to owning our own fleet of vehicles we are not reliant on any service provider and can therefore respond quickly and flexibly to your requests. Depending on the current order situation a direct delivery might not be possible. In any case we are trying to find a suitable solution in order to arrange a delivery of stresan® at your convenience.

What is the stresan® online logo for?

stresan® - the equestrian sand from Kirchhellen is widely recognized as a quality product in the equestrian industry. To show directly on first sight that you count on quality and safety with your equestrian sand, we developed our stresan® online logo for you. You can embed it in your website or social media channels so that anybody can see, that you are horseback riding on stresan® – Kirchhellener Sand. You are very welcome to download the online logo with just one click at “Downloads”. We would be glad if you would give us short notice when you have embedded the online logo.

You have further questions? We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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