1. Know what you want to build.
The first thing you need to know is what your building will look like. Do you plan on having a stable complex built in? Will your indoor be full sized or will it be smaller? Will you need to have large vehicle access?
2. Know your site.
Where is your indoor going to be built? You need to find a location that is accessible, has good drainage, and has enough space to build.
If you know which builders you’re going to use, work with them. They will be able to develop your idea into detailed plans and can put together concept drawings for you.
3. Design your indoor.
This is part of the fun; you need to design exactly how you want your indoor arena to look. This includes everything from the floor-plan to the colour of the roofing.
4. How are you going to clear the site and lay your base?
Before you can start building your indoor, you need to level the ground and lay your arena footing. Most indoor builders will be able to refer you to someone who can do this for you.
5. Check out other indoors first.
The surest way of getting what you want is spending time on other indoors. Take note of what it’s like to be in them, & ride in them. Ask the owner what they like & what they wish they had done differently. This kind of research will ensure that you end up with an indoor you’re happy with.
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Simple Trick To Keep A Horse Calm During Travel
If you have any experience transporting horses, you’ve probably already noticed that they seem much more comfortable when travelling with a companion.
This is true; their heart rates and body temperatures are lower, they make less noise and less signs of discomfort.
But what if you have to transport a horse alone? Is there a way to keep them calm even without a companion?
The simple trick is: Put a mirror into the horse float.
Just being able to see another horse (even if that horse is their reflection!) makes horses more comfortable when travelling.
Solitary horses that could see themselves in a mirror made few noises and tossed their heads much less often than horses travelling alone.
So if you have an old mirror lying around, why not use it to comfort a solo-traveller?
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Why Build an Indoor Riding Arena?
1. It protects you from the weather.
This is, of course, the number one reason for building an indoor arena. People who have unlimited access to indoor arenas ride more than 30% more frequently that those who don’t.
If you’re serious about a career in competitive riding, an indoor is an excellent investment.
2. It allows you to run a business.
Owning an indoor arena means you can give lessons in it. You can also rent out the arena when you aren’t using it.
3. It’s safer and more comfortable for your horses.
An indoor will protect your surface once you lay it down and will ensure that your horses are riding on level, comfortable ground.
4. It adds value to your property.
An indoor arena boosts the value of the property its on, particularly if the property is in an area known for its equestrianism.
If you ever look at selling your property, an indoor will be a big pulling factor and will drive your value upwards.
5. It reduces your costs.
Not needing to travel to an indoor for practise saves travel costs and rental costs. The protection of the arena means that your equipment stays safe and you surface needs to be repaired less often.
6. You can ride after dark.
Many indoors are fitted with lighting, allowing you to ride after dark or even before dawn (one of the great pleasures in life).
7. The experience of it.
There’s something very satisfying about designing, building and owning your own indoor. For equestrians, there no greater space than their own indoor and many find that it’s a space the entire family loves and enjoys.