Work Item
ASTM WK73005

New Test Method for Determining the Total Organic Content by Mass of Equine Surfaces

1. Scope

Organic materials such as woodchips and mulch are commonly used in equine surfaces in warmer and arid climates to improve water retention of the surface. Depending on the size and type of the organic, these organic amendments may also act as particles and effect the shear strength of the surface.


moisture content; organic material; crucible; muffle furnace


Equine surfaces located in warm and arid climates often contain organic materials to improve water retention. These organic materials may also serve a secondary purpose by effecting the shear strength of the surface by natural means as opposed to synthetic fibers. For example, the addition of cotton fibers to a turf divot mix may temporarily provide a sufficient shear strength to the divot repair until the roots take hold as the cotton gradually degrades.

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: 010

Ballot: F08 (20-04)

Status: Negative Votes Need Resolution