Work Item
ASTM WK72762

New Practice for the Certification of Equine Surfaces

1. Scope

Standardization of specifications, test methods and practices for sports equipment, surfaces, and facilities to reduce inherent risk of injuries and promote knowledge as it relates to these standards. The committee shall coordinate this work with other ASTM technical committees and other organizations in this area.


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