New Member
Jul 15, 2021
Hi everyone,
Currently building a Ménage (20 x 40) And I’m working out what to do for its surface, I don’t need anything fancy, just something to use in the winter. I’ve looked at rubber chipping, but I worry about it getting too wet and my grey pony’s legs turning black 😂! The cheapest fibre option I can find is around £3000. Has anyone had experience with used surface from someone else’s ménage?
Thank you!


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Staff member
Jan 6, 2006
No matter how cheap it is don't get wood chip, not only does it break down but it's slippery to ride on when it's wet. Avoid builders sand too, it doesn't knit together and so rides very deep when dry and will freeze if it gets wet in the winter. Rubber will turn the legs black, but legs do wash so I wouldn't see that as a major problem.

I'd be wary of a second hand surface, after all it's being replaced for a reason and that reason is usually that it no longer rides well. It'll cost you a fair bit to transport it and if it doesn't do the job or only lasts a year or two you've wasted money getting it and will probably have to pay to get rid of it. I've known people who've done it and wished they hadn't as it's cost them more money and time that if they'd bought new in the first place.

chunky monkey

Well-Known Member
May 2, 2007
Im afraid there are no shortcuts if you value your horse. You need to make sure the levels and the drainage underneath are done correctly or you will forever have a soggy menage.
You might be lucky and get carpet fibre and rubber mix or carpet fibre and sand from someone else, but as said probably better to go for new.
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