Safe Practices for Horse Arenas and Paddocks - Weedtechnics

Safe Practices for Horse Arenas and Paddocks

Jeremy Winer

Why a Satusteam™ machine is a safe solution for weeding in horse arenas and paddocks

Owners of horses are well aware of the importance of controlling weeds in horse arenas and paddocks that may be harmful to horses. Avoiding the use of chemical herbicides that can affect their digestive and immune systems is as equally important.

When looking for weeding alternatives, there is a very productive and long lasting organic weed control option developed in Australia. Satusteam™ by Weedtechnics – us!

Satusteam™ is a mixture of Saturated steam and boiling water delivered at low pressure and high temperature. It operates at a volume that destroys all soft leaved and stemmed vegetation on contact. The volume of the Satusteam™ delivered allows for penetration of the heat into the subsurface growing point of the plant, which results in longer residual control than flame weeding or other desiccant organic herbicide weed killers.


Satusteam™ weeding is a safe process for weeding in horse arenas, paddocks and equine establishments for several reasons:

Chemical-Free: One of the main advantages of steam weeding is that it’s a chemical-free process. Horses are susceptible to the negative effects of chemicals, so Satusteam™ weeding eliminates the risk of exposure to harmful herbicides.

Non-Toxic: Steam weeding is a non-toxic process that doesn’t introduce any harmful substances into the arena.  This makes it a safe option for both horse arenas and paddocks, where you want to maintain a clean and healthy environment.

No Residues: Unlike chemical herbicides, steam weeding leaves no residues in the soil. All that is left on the ground is water and cooked weeds. You can rest easy knowing there are no residual chemicals. This means that horses and the persons doing the weed control will not be exposed to any harmful herbicides during or after application.

No Damages to Surrounding Plants: Satusteam™ weeding is a targeted process that only affects the weed it’s applied to. It won’t damage surrounding plants, so you won’t have to worry about negative effects on other vegetation in the area. It also eliminates the risk of contamination of feed or water.

Safe for Soil Health: Steam weeding won’t harm the soil, so you can be confident that when you use the Satusteam™ for spot weeding in paddocks or controlling vegetation along the fence lines, the soil health will be preserved. All you leave on the ground is desiccating weeds and some moisture, so there is a spike in soil organisms that consume the dead weeds and incorporate them into your soil. This is important because a healthy soil is essential for good plant growth and overall arena and paddock health.

What else?

Woman using a weedtechnics satusteam machine to pressure clean the inside of a horse float

Satusteam™ is also super efficient at cleansing and cleaning as it uses low pressure and high temperature. Cleaning and sanitising mossy paths, stables, horse floats and removing cobwebs is easy with Satusteam™. Less water use, less mess, less cleanup and less abrasion than a regular pressure washer.



In conclusion, Satusteam™ weeding is a safe process for weeding in horse arenas and paddocks because; it’s chemical-free, non-toxic, leaves no residues, doesn’t damage surrounding plants, is safe for soil health and eliminates the health risks associated with herbicide use.  

If you’re looking for a safe and effective way to control weeds in your horse arena and do a multitude of cleaning and sanitising jobs, Satusteam™ is a great option to consider.

The Green Ninja range are the most popular models for Equine use around arenas and buildings.

About the Author : Jeremy Winer

Jeremy Winer has 30 years of practical experience in implementing integrated holistic approach to weed management across urban landscapes, recreational parklands and wetlands. He currently runs Weedtechnics specialising in providing chemical reduction and non-toxic weed control programs to municipalities across Australia. He has developed, patented, manufactured, and commercialised the Steamwand method of creating saturated steam for vegetation control.