Installing LIGHTHOOF is a straightforward process that creates a safer, healthier, and more beautiful environment for your horse.
If you have any questions about installing LIGHTHOOF, please reach out. We are here to help.
Be sure to check out our extensive FAQs page for answers to most questions we receive!
WHAT GRAVEL SHOULD I USE?
Gravel selection is key to the success of your Lighthoof project. Lighthoof requires a small, angular crushed stone with fines which compacts well. Our ideal gravel is 3/8" minus (1/4" - 1/2" minus is appropriate). DO NOT USE SAND OR PEA GRAVEL. For a standard installation 1.5 - 1.75 cubic yards of gravel is required per panel. Be sure to read and watch the resources below to familiarize yourself and/or show to your local gravel supplier. Common terms for 3/8" minus may include screenings, chat, stone dust and DG.
MUST I USE GEOTEXTILE FABRIC?
Geotextile fabric is not included with your Lighthoof panels. It is highly recommend that you place it beneath the panels to extend the life of the gravel layer. The right landscape fabric makes installing Lighthoof easier. We suggest a 6-8 oz, non-woven geotextile fabric. Often this is found at local landscape supply stores or on Amazon. The Fabric Guide below includes suggestions for locating bulk fabric for large (50+ panel) jobs.
WHAT IS EDGE PROTECTION AND WHY IS IT A REQUIREMENT?
All 4 sides of the panels should have a rigid edge. This can be the dirt if the installation is cut into the ground 5". Or, for surface installations, it can be a building, pressure treated timber or railroad tie. This allows for gravel compaction all the way to the edge of the panels and prevents curious horses from exploring the installation. While optional, we recommend fastening the panel edges to a border timber or structure if not insetting the panels into the ground.
- Video - How to Wrap Lighthoof Around Fence Posts
- Video - Proper Cell and Panel Shape when Stretching
- Video - How To Zip Tie Cells
- Compaction vs. Drainage. Why Stability is More Important than Permeability
- How to Deal with Drainage Issues and Site Placement Challenges
- Avoiding Common Paddock Drainage Misconceptions – “Through Drainage” and French Drains
- Email us if you need any help, or for telephone assistance call 800-279-4716.