Completed in Scone NSW
We have only recently
completed Lisa Martins new arena at Scone.The arena is 60mx20m with
a round yard attached to one end, with the surface being a blend
of selected sand and mulched rubber.
The arena was designed and constructed to be converted from an outdoor
to an indoor venue for schooling, training and clinics. The set
out and site bulk earthworks were completed for the arena and future
stable complex as well as parking areas and roadways, with the stable
services also being installed at this time. Whilst installing the
arena base the roundyard and car parks were also completed. A simple
surround was constructed for the arena and roundyard which has been
designed to be added to once the indoor structure is complete.
Lisa is extremely happy with her new arena, and is using it daily
in preparation for the upcoming Horseland 2009 Australian Dressage
Championships, in which she will have three horses competing. We
are proud to be supporting Lisa for this event, and wish her the
best of luck.
Arenas and Things to consider
Horse arenas are a place
of dream, specifically when the weather is bad. Horse lovers always
want to have all weather arenas. They get maximum pleasure out of
their passion of tending horses. It is an inseparable part of their
life. Horse lovers are well aware of needs of daily exercise by
these animals to keep fit. They get drained out thinking of what
all need to be considered to work out best plan for riding arenas.
Planning and designing arenas involve consideration from dimensions
of necessary supports besides riding ground itself.
Planning such domains
of horse activity require thought over certain practical aspects
of necessary supports. Ancillary buildings and facilities like offices,
living areas for people, offices, tack rooms and feed storage; and
water supply, lighting, drainage, ventilation, waste disposal and
suitable entrance/ exit are basic points needed to be kept in mind.
These spelled out prime factors may change in very different ways
in different geographical regions. While planning for ground of
arenas, one has to workout for perfect surface cushioning. Riding
surface of an arena should not be rough to cause injury to the hoofs.
Slippery or too smooth surface finish can make horses to fall off
easily or be off the track. Costs of construction as well as cost
of maintenance certainly need to be taken into consideration. Arena
surface should have reasonable softness, but not dusty.
These factors lead
to question of selection of proper surface covering. There is a
presumable extent of softness of the ground cover. One should be
more dependent upon locally available constructional materials to
avoid cost of transportation. A good riding ground will have combined
effect of these characters to offer maximum grip for the hoofs.
But, it has to also avoid being too soft to let the foot sink deep
causing strains to the foot muscles. Many types of surface material
are in use today, natural to man-made ones. Surface preparation
begins with laying compacted base layer and finally overlaying the
top layer with selected material. Choice should be based on local
Fast drainage of arena
is an important factor in designing open to sky arenas. An easy
approach is to create raised center of the ground with gentle slop
towards edges. Whole of run down water is collected by the drainage
along outer boundary. Anther way is to provide herringbone layout
of connected drains all over for final discharge. Construction of
drainage is expensive, but remains only alternative in absence of
usable natural slope of the land.
Arenas can be open
to sky or covered for all weather use. Covering large space over
riding area is expensive due to cost of structural metal frames
and roof covering metal or fiber sheets. Standard size of arenas
are 100' x 200'. Depending upon land availability, length may be
more. Smaller commercial purpose covered arenas measure 60' x 120'.
The truss come in Standard 60' as such do not cause additional hassle
of joining members for required lengths. Column poles are normally
placed 12' apart.
Basic knowledge about
arenas is better. An owner can take better decisions for construction
of new ones or maintenance of existing ones.
Connor Sullivan has
visited many horse arenas with his daughter who rides horses in
shows. He watched his daughter in the riding arenas doing jumps
with her horse.
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The factors to take
into consideration when deciding where to ride your horse are: where
you keep your horse and your level of experience with horses. Other
aspects such as whether you want to have a pleasure ride or to train
your horse will also factor into the location of where to ride your
Growing up in the country
I had access to a vast area of dirt roads that lead to open areas
for hacking and trail riding. Both the roads and the country posed
their challenges, but I was never short of a place to ride. I did
however have to face my fears and leave the safety of our property
if I wanted to ride.
If you are learning
to ride or if you have a new horse, the best place to ride your
horse is in an arena. An arena offers a place of less distraction
than a road or the trails; your horse is less likely to get a fright
and panic. If your horse does panic there is usually help close
Riding in an arena
should not be considered boring; it is a place to learn trust and
confidence for both the horse and rider. Any horse no matter the
breed or intended discipline to which he is being trained can benefit
from being ridden in an arena.
When both horse and
rider have a level of communication where the rider feels confident
and in control then they can venture to ride outside of the arena.
With the use of the word control I mean that in the event of "fight
or flight" you will be able to react immediately with good
riding skills and to regain your horse's composure before he panicked.
The advantage of a
big stable yard is being able to ask other riders where they ride.
Not only will you learn specific trails, but also the hazards along
those trails, such as a barking dog that never fails to respond
to a horse passing its property.
A horse box is a wonderful
means of transportation and certainly opens up the world for places
to ride your horse. If you do not own a horsebox and can not afford
to purchase one, you can always ask the help of other riders. Some
riders will share their horse box just to have a companion on the
trail; others will lend or rent you a horse box.
With a horse box you
can travel to parks where there are specific trails or bridle paths
for horses. You can travel to competitions where, if you entered
the competition, you can ride your horse in the competition arenas.
You could also take your horse to the competition and choose to
ride him around there, in order to expose him to the environment.
When deciding to own
a horse for riding, always take the time to explore and investigate
places to ride before you find a place to stable your horse. That
way when you have to choose between the lunge ring or the arena,
you are not bored and upset because it is the setting you chose.
If it is however the only option you had at the time, start saving
for that horse box.
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