Building a horse arena is a pretty big investment that you’ll likely put a lot of time and effort into.
You should be in complete control of the project so your arena ends up looking world-class.
This is all about the details, and there are a few simple things to remember that will make a huge difference:
Make use of existing trees & foliage
Dressage riding has always been about sophistication, skill and ceremony. Part of that is about beauty. A really world class horse arena makes use of the land around it.
If you have some existing gardens or trees with enough spare space to accommodate a horse arena, make use of it. We installed a horse arena behind a row of trees and it looked incredible (above).
Install wooden kickboards
This simple detail will make your horse arena look like a prestige show room. Wooden panels look absolutely stunning.
They cost a lot more than a rubber alternative but they look impressive and classy.
Get the base right
A high-quality arena will have a perfectly level base.
Make sure that your landscaper and surfacer uses angular stones for the base. They will lock together and stay even.
Make sure your fence posts are strong
An even fence is important to the look of the arena. Make sure your builder installs the fence when they put up the arena.
If you put up your own fence, cement your posts deep into the ground to ensure it always looks straight.
Make use of natural light.
The biggest effect on first impressions is lighting. The best arenas in the world are designed to draw in natural light.
Talk to your builder about this when you’re designing the arena. Open panels or raised centres aisles will capture natural light and make your arena look great.
A good company will take care of the handiwork and leave you to think about design. The little details are what turn a good horse arena into a great one.
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8 More Genius Horse Ideas, Tips & Hacks
Put baby powder onto your horses white patches to make them stand out even more. For a longer lasting effect, run some hair gel through the hair first to make the powder stick.
Watch Tack in Your Dish Washer
Non-leather tack only can be washed int he top drawing of the dish washer. This is a great, easy way to clean things like bits.
Make Your Horses Photogenic
Want your horse to lift his ears up for a photograph? Find a video of horses neighing and that will grab his attention and get him to prick his ears.
Use Listerine to Clean Your Bits
Clean a gunky bit by spraying it with some Listerine and using a toothbrush to give it a scrub.
Fix A Squeak With Vaseline
If your tack is squeaking, find out what’s rubbing and wipe on a little bit of vaseline.
Using Old Baling Twine as a Rag
If you’ve run out of scrubbers, a handful of baling twine will help you clean up. There are hundreds of uses around the barn for baling twine.
Use Vodka to keep your help nice
Create a mixture of half water, half vodka and spray it into your helmet after a ride. The alcohol will kill the bacteria and stop the smell.
Soften Your Bell Boots With Warm Water
This will make them much easier to pull on and off your horse’s feet.
Looking for other equestrian tips? Read our list of 16 Tips Every Equestrian Should Know.
How much does a horse trainer earn?
Have you ever thought about going into horse training, but were afraid of the rumours or low pay, hard work and long hours?
Surveys show that Horse Trainers are actually doing pretty well. Although they work hard and put it a lot of effort, they’re usually passionate about what they do and have extremely high levels of job satisfaction.
Take a look at the data below.
Data from payscale.com.au.
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