Work Item
ASTM WK72762

New Practice for the Certification of Equine Surfaces

1. Scope

This standard practice is intended to specify the testing and documentation requirements for the certification of equine surfaces with the objective of improving spatial and temporal consistencies at each equine surface venue as well as reducing variation between venues within similar climate regions. Areas of emphasis include standard documentation of surface design, maintenance practices, weather conditions, periodic inspections, surface modifications, and routine surface measurements.


cushioning; impact firmness; responsiveness; grip; uniformity; equine surface; certification


As equine surface construction methods, maintenance and footing materials continue to advance, quantifying the surface properties and characteristics of the equine surfaces for events is critical for ensuring the safety, welfare, and performance of the horse and rider. This has historically been difficult, as the tools and testing specifications needed to quantify and adequately document a surface in a consistent and comparable manner have not previously existed. This has now become possible with the development and adaptation of standardized testing methods such as the Orono Biomechanical Surface Tester (OBST) and online data archival systems designed specifically for equine surfaces.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: F08.28

Committee: F08

Staff Manager: Joe Koury

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 04-27-2020

Technical Contact: John Bridge

Item: 001

Ballot: F08.28 (20-02)

Status: Negative Votes Need Resolution