Work Item
ASTM WK73001

New Test Method for Determining the Volumetric Moisture Content 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.


moisture content; sand; fiber; synthetic; surface; laboratory


Harrowing, floating, or sealing the surface near the optimal volumetric moisture content as determined by bulk density testing helps prepare a hardpan layer or prepare the surface to facilitate horizontal drainage and prevent excess water from saturating the surface while reducing material loss from runoff. Equine surface maintenance personnel predominately use TDR or other similar measurements to determine the current operating volumetric moisture content and check for spatial and temporal consistency of the surface. This method will allow for direct comparison and validation of laboratory and in-situ data collected on the surface.

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: 05-13-2020

Technical Contact: John Bridge

Item: 006

Ballot: F08 (20-04)

Status: Negative Votes Need Resolution