Werner Otto, a footing legend, invented the OTTO-PerforatedMat, which remains one of the most revolutionary innovations in the equestrian surface industry. This product, designed specifically for equestrian sports, improves safety, performance, and durability of riding surfaces through its various features. As a result, millions of OTTO-PerforatedMats have been installed in over 6,000 riding facilities worldwide during its 30-year history.
1. CLEAN SEPARATION OF LAYERS
Without a proper matting system, hooves can quickly dig up stones and other debris from the subbase into the footing in riding arenas. The OTTO-PerforatedMat, on the other hand, provides a clean and durable barrier between the subbase (usually crushed stone) and the footing (sand/textile blend).
2. RELIABLE AND QUICK DRAINAGE
Water puddles in arenas can not only be inconvenient, but they can also cause horses to reject the course. Additionally, prolonged exposure to muddy paddocks can lead to hoof problems. The OTTO-PerforatedMat offers a solution by allowing for quick drainage of excess water. When used in conjunction with a suitable subbase and water-permeable footing, it ensures that there is no standing water on the surface. With the OTTO-PerforatedMat, muddy paddocks and unrideable arenas become a thing of the past.
3. CONCUSSION ABSORPTION
Equestrian sports, particularly show jumping, exert a significant amount of force on the surface. A horse’s average weight of around 600 kg can result in up to 5 tons of force being applied to the surface when horse and rider land after a jump. To prevent both short-term and long-term injuries to the horse, an equestrian surface must have the ability to absorb a significant portion of this force. The OTTO-PerforatedMat achieves this.
4. SKID RESISTANCE
Thanks to a unique system of high and low knobs as well as high and low water cups on the topside of the OTTO-PerforatedMat, the footing is The OTTO-PerforatedMat features a unique system of high and low knobs and high and low water cups on the topside, which provides the footing with enough stability to prevent shifting, even when horses make sharp turns.
The OTTO-PerforatedMat is made from the highest-quality materials, making it extremely durable. It even comes with a 20-year guarantee on functionality. Even after many years, if the footing layer needs to be replaced, the entire base including the OTTO-PerforatedMat can remain untouched. By simply replacing the top layer, the arena will be back to perfect condition, as good as new.
6. EASY INSTALLATION
Despite the equestrian community recognizing the importance of high-quality riding arenas, the process of obtaining them can be daunting for many. However, there is no need to worry! The OTTO-PerforatedMat is one of the most widely-used and proven products in equestrianism worldwide, but its installation is easy and straightforward.