Alligo Fibre is a high quality Australian manufactured, shredded, synthetic arena surface material. Alligo Fibre will provide superior stability, durability and assist in retaining moisture levels, thereby enhancing equine performance.
Alligo fibres will give your arena surface stability and support. It will give your horse traction with enough energy return to feel free and confident in his/her movements to perform at their best. For higher level performance horses doing collected movements such as canter pirouette, there is enough rotational shearing in the surface to support an almost static load.
Over time the surface will form an artificial root system at the base to ensure a very stable and non shifting surface.
The top of the surface can be a little looser to give a bit of cushioning, which can be regulated through watering.
All fibres are sourced from Australian manufacturers directly to ensure a high, consistent quality, free from any contaminants. All the fibre materials are made from new product production, meaning that there is no chance of metal fastener contamination.
The Alligo Fibre is made up of polypropylene and polyester. These fibres are then shredded under strict quality control measures, under the 9001:2015quality and 4801:2001 safety management systems.
COMPATIBILITY & INSTALLATION
Step 1: Sand Selection
Sand selection is crucial, particularly when blending with fibres.
The sand you add to your arena for the fibres must be compatible to ensure optimal binding. Our experience in sand selection originates in Europe spanning back almost 2 decades where in an indepth study under leading surface experts was under taken. Time and effort was taken to learn about this all important ingredient and the recipe for the “perfect formula”. The perfect surface starts with the perfect sand. Don’t settle for less!
Our strong emphasis is on equine longevity and soundness in the sport. We are very passionate about horses staying fit and sound for the maximum time possible before retirement. To date our results truly speak for themselves as we help our customers achieve this perfect footing which greatly aids in keeping horses in good shape for many years! It’s all about happy and healthy horses with us. Overall top management of the equine athlete has so many components to it. A professional surface is most certainly at the top of the list. Our standards are very high in this area which is why our customer feedback means most of our business comes from recommendation or riders having ridden on one of our surfaces.
“OMG my horse felt like Valegro on your surface” was a recent comment from one competition dressage rider who rode on one of our arenas. She has since installed Alligo herself after the feeling she got from this test ride. We are hearing on a daily basis that our surfaces (either Geopat or Alligo) are the best surface riders have ever ridden on. Why? Our success is based on care factor. This is backed up by long term experience. Added to this is the all important attention to detail + quality materials + a time proven formula. There is no guess work needed for the customer. Our experts have an international background in both jumping and dressage. We provide tried and true surfaces that stand the test of time and help give your horses every chance of success.
Its more than like riding on a cloud it is pure heaven! Happy horses with bright eyes and pricked ears saying without words …. “This feels great on my body! Now I can move to the best of my mechanics and ability. Now I don’t have to worry about the surface shifting under me causing undue wear and tear. I don’t have to worry about slipping over or un even footing causing muscular strain and pinched nerves. I don’t have to worry about deep surfaces causing a Merry go round of vet visits trying to work out why something is not quite right or joints aging before their time.
A good surface starts to turn the odds in your favour. Add this to good overall complimentary training and management and you can start to reach for the stars.
Satisfaction for us is hearing our customers report that of all the surfaces available on the Australian market, they prefer the ride their Pro Equestrian Surface provides every day.
Step 2: Alligo fibres delivery system
The Alligo fibres are delivered in 300kg bulk bags
Step 3: Quantity estimate of sand
It is a fibre sand ratio, the ideal blend ratio of sand is 7cm to 7.5 cm. This can be varied depending on your chosen discipline, please contact us for more information.
Step 4: Sand requirements
Distribution of sand evenly across the whole arena and ensure sand is laser levelled.
Sand will then need to be wetted down until binding together
Place a 300kg Alligo Fibre bag in each 10 square meters as illustrated on diagram below. Noting that for a 60 x 20 arena customers have a supply option of anywhere between 12 – 16 (300kg) bulka bags.
Spread fibres evenly, and wet fibres down until very wet.
Step 5: The mixing phase
You will need a rotary hoe or Harley rake to mix the sand and fibre together, making sure to get the fibres down as close as possible to the base without disturbing the base. A 50mm sand/fibre mix is the ideal for an overall 75mm sand depth + 4kg per m2 ratio.
Step 6: Final phase
Using a heavy roller, compact the surface down.
The importance of maintenance to your arena is crucial. It will involve watering and grooming with a custom designed groomer that includes a roller. (The unit for the job will do both simultaneously and is very quick and easy to use.)
Maintenance is part of having a well functioning arena, aiding in keeping the surface consistent and moist.
Unkept surfaces contribute to uneven surfaces, which has been found to suggest that horses modify their gaits based on the small changes in the surface, so it is always best to keep it uniformed across the whole arena to achieve optimal riding performance.
Having a watering system or sprinklers is essential if you choose to have a surface with Alligo fibres.
The surface will need watering in accordance with the season, not so much in winter as in summer for indoor arenas. Outdoor arenas, Mother Nature will take care of a lot of the watering so you will need to adjust your watering depending on the weather. Summer moisture maintenance is manageable by programming your irrigation system to run (approx 10 mins per row) just prior to your early morning or evening ride. If horses need to be worked all day during summer you can run a 2nd program for lunchtime.
The secret is that the sand and the fibres binds together when adding water, and because of the fibres, the water is retained within the surface for longer. Never let your arena surface dry out completely as you will need a lot of water to get it back to optimal.
Ideal surface maintenance is grooming once a day.
PRICE & QUANTITY
Alligo Fibre 300kg bag $650 plus GST.
Fibres will be delivered in 300kg bulk bags, with dimensions
of 180 x 110 x 110m.
Contact us today for further information
Why choose Alligo? Please give us a call so we can set you up to go and inspect one of our arenas. Even better, bring your horse and have a ride on one. The feeling you get will make the choice for you. 🙂