Work Item
ASTM WK73002

New Test Method for Determining the Bulk Density 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.


bulk density; equestrian; equine surface; Time Domain Reflectometry; TDR


Harrowing, floating, or sealing the surface near the optimal volumetric moisture content helps prepare a hardpan layer or prepare the surface to facilitate horizontal drainage and prevent excess water from saturating the surface. This will aid equine surface maintenance personnel by determining the optimum volumetric operating moisture content required to achieve the maximum bulk density, provide a sufficient shear strength, and help prevent their surfaces from becoming too dry or saturated with water. Volumetric moisture content is considered because Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) is widely used to verify real time surface moisture content across industry.

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: 007

Ballot: F08 (20-04)

Status: Negative Votes Need Resolution