When you’re riding your horse on a regular basis, you’ll most definitely want to have a riding arena. Whether you’re riding professionally, for fun, or giving lessons; having a riding arena nearby and handy is often one of the greatest pleasures of any horse rider. Then again, there are some days that would make one cringe because of the weather conditions and a riding arena allows you to enjoy the thrill of the ride without having to face the tough elements of that day. However, an arena can often be a big investment for most people and requires a lot of consideration when you’re thinking about building one. While people often cut back on some things when getting a riding arena built, the following are some specifications that you should keep in mind when budgeting or designing a riding arena for your use.
The space allotted to a riding arena can be allotted and adjusted in accordance with the acidity it will be used for. If you just plan to lunge your pony or practice dressage, then an arena measuring up to a space of 60 x40 meters will be more than appropriate. On the other hand, if you plan on practicing show jumping or creating a gaming ring, then extending the space up to a space of 120 x 200 meters will be more suited to your requirements. Just remember that its not possible to build an arena that is too big but it is completely possible to make it too small.
Choice of Footing
The arena’s footing plays a huge effect on your horses performance and the functional use of the arena itself. The footing can be made of rubber, sand, gravel, and other elements that can provide the horse support for running in that area. However, many people prefer to layer the arena with a choice of two or three materials that help determine the hardness or softness of the turf. Making it too hard can prove to be injurious to the rider while making it too soft can cause undue stress on the horse in order for it to maintain its footing. Similarly, you don’t just sprinkle sand all around and call it an arena. Lay the sand down in a directional manner running from north or south. This ensures that the arena receives more sun, stays well lit longer, and dries in a suitable manner.
Indoors or Outdoors
This factor largely depends on the seasonal changes experienced by your climate. If you live in an area that experiences temperatures that are mild even during the winters, getting an outdoor arena will be the best choice. In extreme temperatures though, an indoor arena is a welcome luxury, particularly during freezing winters. Unfortunately, indoor arenas have the quality of turning into hot ovens during the scalding summers if they are not properly equipped to allow proper ventilation. However, some people do prefer to opt for indoor areas as a preference on their own part. One easy contrivance though is to get an adjustable covering made for outdoor arenas which can be pulled on and off in accordance with the temperature and weather conditions.
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