Arena Mix

Treadlite™ produces its premium equestrian surface from recycled rubber

The recycling process at Treadlite’s Cambridge purpose-built facility takes end-of-life tyres through a triple-treated refinery process with a series of shredders and magnets to produce a consistent material specifically designed for horse arenas.

Treadlite has worked alongside professional equestrian riders to develop and test this premium mix, and are proud to see competition equestrian centres and private horse arenas across New Zealand now choosing Treadlite.

Why Use Treadlite
Premium Horse Arena Mix

Here’s why New Zealand equestrian riders are choosing to ride on Treadlite:

Protects Horses' Hooves

Less wear and tear on horses’ hooves

Better Impact Absorption

Rubber reduces concussion on joints

Lively Surface

Better take off for jumping

Reduced Glare

Reduced light reflection off arena surface

Even Spread

Maintains more even spread than traditional sand surfaces

Reduced Dust

Rubber layering means less sand dust while riding

Less Rain Affected

Remains less affected by rainfall than traditional sand surfaces

Suitable for any base

Can be used alone over base-course, spread on top of sand, or mixed in with sand

Testimonial by Clarke Johnstone

“Since changing to Treadlite I’ve noticed a lot more spring in the surface, much less dust. There’s been much less puddles on the arena and the surface always stays put.”

Clarke Johnstone – Olympian

Pricing Guide

Select an option to calculate at that thickness:

Whats the recommended thickness?

Spread thickness is a personal preference, however professional riders who have trialled and tested our product recommend a 15mm spread thickness. With different thickness options for different budgets, use the calculator above to easily determine the number of bags you’ll require to cover your horse arena. Simply select a tab for your desired thickness then enter your arena dimensions for an instant calculation.

You can now pay for Treadlite with your Farmlands Card.



Read more about Treadlite Arena Mix in our informative brochure


Read an article about Treadlite’s Arena Mix from the Circuit Magazine


See our downloadbale flyer about our Arena Mix product

Ready to ride on Treadlite Arena Mix?

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FAQ: What type of arena maintenance equipment is needed for my Treadlite?

Treadlite is a low maintenance surface choice, so you can use many different types of implements. But we believe an arena rake gives a superior finish and helps keep the surface level and alive.

However Treadlite can still be used with a set of Chain harrows.
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Does the rubber have metal in it?

Our triple treated refinery process produces a consistent evenly sized material that we are happy to say is 99.9% metal free, we run an extra 2 magnetic beds after the final process just to be sure.

How long does it last and will I need to top it up once it is on my arena?

Some people like to top their arena up after they’ve ridden on it for a little while and have a better idea of the surface feel they want for their horse. However, whatever amount you have spread, your Treadlite Premium Arena mix will remain in place and won’t wear away.

Will it stain my horse’s legs?

No. We know some older types of rubber surfaces did stain horses legs and was noticeable on the white socks or white lower legs of the horses. However, Treadlite’s Premium Arena surface has been triple processed and leaves no residue. 

Will it blow or wash away?

Under normal weather conditions, no. The rubber itself has irregularly edges which allows it to easily bind with the sand or other surface. This, combined with the traces of fibre which remain in the rubber and which absorb moisture, means that except for an extreme weather event you rubber stays where it is put.

Does the rubber stay on the surface or does it mix in with the sand?

Depending on how often you ride on your arena and what type of riding you do, the rubber will gradually combine with the top layer of your sand surface. However you will notice that immediately after rainfall it makes its way back to the surface again. Alternatively grooming your arena with conventional chain harrows or an arena rake quickly returns it to how it was when it was first spread.

What is the best surface to put the rubber on?

Individual preferences vary from rider to rider and much depends upon the type of soil you have and the position of your arena. Treadlite Premium Arena Mix spreads perfectly and works well with all types of sand, limestone, crusher dust etc.  We recommend you seek the advice of your local arena contractor if you are unsure of the best surface for your needs.

Can I use Treadlite Premium Arena Surface on its own or is it better to put it on top of sand or some other surface?

Again individual preferences vary and although it can be spread directly on top of base-coarse, we have found the best results are achieved by laying a 10 -15mm layer of Treadlite Premium Mix on top of a base layer of sand or similar.

Can I use ordinary harrows to maintain the surface or do I need a special rake?

Yes ordinary harrows work just fine and of course an arena rake will also work perfectly.

Can I spread it myself?

Yes you can.  Treadlite Premium Arena Mix comes in convenient 350kg bags with sturdy handles which can easily be lifted with the forks of a tractor and have a drawstring opening in the underside which allows you to control the flow of rubber when you open it. Alternatively if we deliver the rubber straight to you we can do the spreading for you.

Got Further Questions?

Request an email or call back from one of our friendly team using the form below.

North Island

Tracy Smith

[email protected]
+64 21 928 231

South Island

Chris Lovelady

[email protected]
+64 27 206 1737


Brad Pierce

[email protected]
021 271 9401


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027 617 8735
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