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Buying the Best?

With so many different companies selling a variety of all weather surfaces these days, how do you know you are buying the best? Use this side-by-side comparison tool to discover how our product, the longest-lasting surface on the market, compares to the rest.

So you’ve made the decision to move ahead with a new surface. Having received a range of quotes and samples from suppliers, you are still struggling to understand what makes one surface superior to another. After all, there is only so much you can discover from a small sample bag!

Research & development

Innovation is at the core of everything we do at Equestrian Direct. Our company was founded with the goal to create the best-in-class equestrian surfaces – and we are still leading the field three decades on.

Manufacturing is conducted in UK-based accredited and certified facilities with products produced to the highest specification to ensure quality and consistency. We have spent decades refining our facilities to ensure full transparency of the supply chain, as well as traceability from raw materials to the finished goods.

Product development is shaped by the latest research and we are recognised as leaders in the field with our surfaces cited in peer-reviewed scientific journals, used in the Olympic Games and regularly recommended by leading veterinary professionals.

Many other companies do not have the focus on innovation, our R&D expertise and the manufacturing connections to create best-in-class products.

Longevity & durability

When you buy from Equestrian Direct you do so safe in the knowledge that you are purchasing the longest-lasting product on the market. This sets us apart from the rest.

We have thousands of clients who are working their horses day in, day out on a surface that was laid two decades ago. Our products are formulated to last, with minimal foam keeping the surface stable and in place. The cushioning technology built into our surfaces protects legs and joints year in, year out and our hero product, Flexiride, is a true all-rounder that can be used in all conditions and with almost zero maintenance.

The saying ‘buy cheap, buy twice’ is very apt when it comes to all weather surfaces. Investing in a quality product at the outset prevents the need to pay for regular top ups or even a completely new surface just a few years down the line.

Without visibility of the supply chain or transparency on the raw materials used, it can be hard to know exactly what you are buying. Other products on the market are often poorly sourced and formulated with unknown and low quality materials. The result is an inconsistent and unstable surface that degrades quickly, risking the welfare of your horse.

Never, ever from waste

Every component in our surfaces is created specifically for equestrian use. We never source from waste materials and our UK-based facilities are subject to annual audits and spot checks. In addition, operating in the UK we are subject to stringent rules and regulation. We have complete oversight of our supply chain and production processes and 100% confidence in the quality of our materials.
Did you know many suppliers of all weather surfaces source their materials from waste? This compromises performance and, in some cases, risks the chance of wire, metal and other damaging components finding their way into the surface. With no visibility of supply chain and the manufacturing processes it can be very hard to know exactly what you are actually purchasing.

A proven formula

As a forerunner with more than 30 years’ innovation in the equestrian surface industry, you can trust Equestrian Direct to deliver a best-in-class product that will be safe and long lasting. We have a network of yards, competition venues and professional riders across the country that have been using our products for decades. They will happily speak with you about their experiences – they are not incentivised to do so! – and you can even ride before you buy to put our product on the line before committing.

There are many startup companies in this space that lack our heritage or the network of long-term satisfied customers.

The personal touch

When you purchase from us you are dealing with surface experts who are committed to giving you the best customer service. All our team is involved in the development of our products and have a stake in the success of our company. We only recommend the products that are right for your needs and provide regular and ongoing after-sales support.
With so many surface companies new to the market, be sure to check the knowledge and understanding of the team you are speaking to. Every customer’s needs are different – does your supplier fully understand yours?