- Why our Products are Better
- Care and Storage of Equipment
Premier Equestrian Products are Better! If you plan to spend more than $1000 on new equestrian products,
it will be worth your time to read this page.
Why is this important? Because the sun's ultra-violet rays have a dramatic impact on polymers.
Organic polymers, including vinyl, do not suffer electrochemical corrosion (like rusting), as metals do. Instead, plastics that are not treated with UV protection undergo a certain degree of degradation caused by simple outdoor weathering--temperature variations, moisture, sunlight or ultra-violet rays, oxidation, biological attack, and other environmental elements.
Among those, the most common type of degradation is caused by ultra-violet rays. Of the total radiation that reaches the Earths surface, about 5-6% of light is in the UV region of the spectrum. When a polymer such as vinyl is subjected to UV light, the wavelength energy of the ultra-violet light corresponds to a particular bond energy in the polymer chain and causes a breakdown of the chemical bonds. This causes degradation. The surface color fades and yellows and becomes dry and brittle and has a chalky finish.
If you are going to invest in any kind of polymer (llike vinyl) that will be exposed to sunlight, ensure that it has been treated with or contains some sort of UV inhibitor.
Our material costs a bit more than what our
competition uses but the extended life and enhanced safety is where we put our money.
Our products are built to last
Our dressage line has the same quality of construction.
Whether it's our post-and-rail, multi-rail, or our ever-popular block-and-rail arenas you will find details that serve to perform better, last longer, and
look sharper than any other product of it’s kind. Our flower boxes, exclusive in the industry, are
built for lifetime service. Our block-and rail arenas are pre-measured making set-up a snap.
Caring for your Equipment
Your Premier Equestrian polymer products are UV protected, moisture resistant and perfectly safe to use throughout the winter. However if you will not be using them, here are some helpful tips for storing your equipment during the cold months.
- Clean off rails, cones and/or posts with water and a mild detergent. Sand, grime and dirt will act as an abrasive, and can scratch your equipment when moving and stacking.
- If you have scratches on the rails, these can be buffed out of PVC easily by using paint thinner. Put a small amount on a rag and carefully buff out the scratch. Be careful not to let it set too long on the PVC or it can damage the material. Then rinse with water.
- Stack rails on a flat surface. This will keep you rails straight and correct any bends that may have developed.
Jumps & Poles
- PVC jumps, use water and mild detergent to rinse off excess dirt. Scratches may be buffed out with paint thinner (see above for details). Polyethylene jumps, rinse with water and detergent if necessary. To restore luster and brighten colors, apply a thin coat of furniture polish, revitalizing oil, or lemon oil.
- Poles and gates, follow same procedures of cleaning as jumps. Be sure to lay your gates and poles on a flat surface if not being used. This will help them to retain their shape.
- Wood products, should always be stored in a dry space on a flat surface away from water. Sanding and re-painting is necessary to ensure wood will last.