We’ve built some excellent indoor riding arenas in our time – and we build a new one every 2 weeks.
We find that it’s helpful to have a look through some of our past projects if you’re deciding on what to build – or if you’re just interested.
Below are some good examples of great riding arenas.
This Ballarat indoor riding arena is a classic style and a classic colour. The open walls and the skylights let in a beautiful amount of light, making the space a pleasure to ride in.
Three sided arenas are a popular choice because they allow in light and breeze, but keep out colder weather.
A similar style, this indoor doesn’t have the skirting around the base. This costs slightly less but is just a pleasant to ride in once your inside the arena.
This project was built in Coonooer Bridge, Victoria.
A smaller option is to build an arena cover for half of your arena, as with this cover in Longlea, near Bendigo.
This allows you to train or perform in a smaller section of your arena under poor weather conditions.
This is a great option that opens up your space.
For larger projects, clients sometimes design equestrian complexes. The complex below, built in Mickleham, has an arena, stable and other facilities.
Stables that are directly attached to indoor arenas are excellent and functional.
This stunning building, in Goldie, Lancefield, shows the indoor arena from the stable area.
A great example of the power of a simple indoor arena. This silver-coloured indoor lets in light excellently and opens up a bright riding space.
This building is in Curlewis, Geelong.
Another cover-only, this cover extends over the entire riding arena. The results are much more open.
This cover will keep away the weather, but is also highly accessible for riders, their horses and their vehicles.
This cover is in Bald Hills, Hepburn.
Position is everything, as with this Swan Hill indoor. This client chose to build their indoor beside a row of trees.
The open side lets in the light, but the pine trees for a wind break.
Great landscaping can also improve the overall value of an indoor. This beautiful building has a rustic wooden fence and some tastefully placed plants that add a little something extra.
This indoor is in Redhill, on the Mornington Peninsula.
Curved arenas are available for those that want to make a bit more of an impression. The roof on this indoor really emphasises the size of the building, making the riding space seem huge.
This indoor is in Yellingbo, in the Yarra Ranges.
Another complex on the Mornington Peninsula, with more that just riding space; this project included a barn separate to the stable/indoor building.
Another riding arena cover, in Woodend, with jumps out the front.
An open-sided arena with lighting for night riding. This indoor is in Gruyere, in the Yarra Ranges.
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What Your Horse’s Sweat Patterns Mean
It can be hard to know if your saddle has been fitted well – your horse can’t tell you when something’s wrong, so you have to keep an eye out for some key indicators.
One way to do this is to look at the sweat and dirt marks left on your horse’s saddle pad.
By looking at these signs, you can get a sense of your saddle’s fit and what needs to be adjusted.
The two key concepts.
These are the most valuable things to remember when looking at sweat patterns:
- Sweat and dirt marks should be symmetrical.
Symmetry means that the saddle is sitting evenly on your horse. Sometimes non-symmetrical marks don’t indicate a bad fit and sometimes a problematic fit can still result in symmetry.
But as a general rule of thumb, this is a great one to go by.
- The centre line of you saddle pad (the gullet) should be dry.
Under no circumstances do you want the saddle to be rubbing or touching the spine of your horse.
How to interpret sweat and dirt patches.
Larger amounts of dirt and more darkness generally suggest that more rubbing is occurring in this area.
Ideally, rubbing is minimal and is spread out evenly.
Dirt at the front of the saddle pad means that the saddle is too wide and is being pushed forward.
Dirt at the back of the saddle pad could mean that the saddle is the wrong shape, or that the rider is sitting too far back in the saddle.
Diagonal dark patches indicate the points at which the saddle is swinging and rubbing. Diagonal points usually mean that the saddle will need to be custom adjusted to your horse.
Heaving rubbing on one side means the saddle is leaning to the opposite. In the diagram above, the saddle is leaning to the right.
This can also be caused by the way the horse is ridden, or the length of your stirrups.
Sweat and dirt patches are a rough guide. The most important step to getting a comfortable saddle fit is being attentive to your horse; their mood, their sensitivity and any tension in their muscles. Contact a saddle fitter if you suspect you aren’t able to get your saddle to fit nicely.
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