Horse arenas are a big investment of time, money and effort. They’re also a big decision to make; if you’re considering building a horse arena, you have to be a passionate person. So it matters that you get it right.
Avoiding these five things will ensure that your arena stays useful and in good condition.
If you arena floods when it rains, it’s going to be unusable for days. It will take time and effort to get things back to working order and you risk doing permanent damage (flooded surfaces can shift underfoot).
Indoor arenas generally solve this problem, but poor drainage can cause problems.
If you don’t have ceiling vents or large sliding doors, it will get stuffy and uncomfortable in your arena. This one is particularly dangerous because it’s easy to overlook. A lot of people focus on the design and the visuals of their arena without considering air flow.
The problem can be (and often is) made worse by dusty arena surfaces and stalls in the same building. There nothing worse for the health and enjoyment of riders and their horses. Poor ventilation can make a great arena nearly unusable.
If an arena doesn’t let light in, everything will be made more difficult. Most people get this right for the main arena, but when it comes to tack areas and stalls, they’re often left with dark areas.
Lighting should be a high priority right from the start. The difference between an arena designed for natural light and a collection of ugly florescent lights is unbelievable. It’s such a shame to see good horse arenas ruined by this.
Different kinds of arenas need different surfaces. Don’t have a dusty surface indoors. Don’t use a sprinkling system on rubber surfacing.
When the surface is wrong, it’s uncomfortable for riders, horses and guests and makes it harder to enjoy the arena.
Limited access points.
You will never regret putting in an extra access point. You will regret not being able to fit vehicles into your indoor. The difference is huge, though easy to overlook when you’re planning. If you think there’s any chance you’ll need to get a vehicle into your arena, install a roller door. Arenas without it make things much more difficult for everyone.
You should always have light switches near doors. There’s nothing worse than fumbling your way across a dark room to get to a light when you’re working late at night.
If your thinking of building your own Indoor, work with us to achieve the best results.
See you at Lardner Park, near Warragul for Farm World 2017!
We’re going to have a stall at the 2017 Farm World expo.
If you’re in the area, drop by & say hello – tickets are $20 and there are going to be over 800 exhibitors.
Make sure you grab a free bottle of water and Central Steel Build straw hat!
WHEN:Thursday 30th March – Sunday 2nd April.
HOW MUCH: Tickets are $20 for a day pass (or $18 if you buy online), $30 for a 2 day pass, and $55 for a full pass.
WHERE: Lardner Park, 155 Burnt Rd, Lardner, VIC. (15 minute drive from Warragul).
CENTRAL STEEL BUILD: You’ll be able to find us on North-South Street. We’re near the Working Sheep Dog Trial Area.
MORE INFORMATION: For more details, including how to buy tickets online, visit the Farm World website.
8 of the strongest buildings ever built
The Public Safety Building
This building, in Salt Lake City, houses police, fire and emergency services. It has been built to withstand even the most extreme earthquakes without suffering any damage and remaining operational.
These temples, built thousands of years ago, somehow manage to withstand earthquakes as newer, presumably more advanced buildings fall to the ground.
How do they do it? It was recently discovered that a combination of heated lime and sticky rice is used as mortar, which has proven nearly indestructible.
The tallest building in China, the Shanghai tower’s twisting design allows it to reduce the friction of wind by 24%. It’s also made with less structural steel that other towers of comparable size.
Built by two architects, this dome-shaped house has already survived 4 hurricanes. The heavy concrete, combined with steel foundations, keep this building in place under the harshest weather conditions.
Cheyenne Mountain Complex.
Perhaps difficult to call a building, this complex was build by the USA during the cold war to monitor airspace. It’s buried deep into the mountain, making use of nature as fortification.
Build after World War I, Fort Knox is the most famous of all strong buildings. It has since been used to store the United States bullion depository, for which it is most well known.
One World Trade Centre.
Built on the site of the original twin towers, the One World Trade Centre is ‘the strongest office building’ ever built. It makes use of a heavy concrete foundation and heavily protected, reinforced concrete walls protecting emergency access routes.
The largest underground structure in Europe, this airbase monitored airspace. It was overrun during the Yugoslav wars, and dangerous traps were laid to prevent its future use.
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