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.
The Craziest Building We’ve Built
After we hand over a building to a client, they usually go on to make additions and put in the finishing touches that complete the space and bring their vision to life.
There are usually a few weeks to a few months between the completion of our work and the point at which the space is entirely ready for use. It’s always interesting to see what has been done with the space.
For this particular project, we knew we were in for a surprise. The building itself was very interesting; we left spaces for windows that were going to be low to the ground and asymmetrically set out. The space was long and narrow, with a bed and breakfast to go in one end and an animal pen at the other. We were intrigued.
By the time we arranged to visit the space, it had been completely reinvented. A nursery had been installed in the middle section, guest lodgings at one end and a resident llama at the other. It also became the space for cooking workshops and classes.
The wooden interior panelling looked amazing and the entire place really came together fantastically. This project had involved designers, architects, our engineers and our construction workers. And all the different moving components came together to perfectly realise the client’s vision. It’s a wonderful space that we’re proud to have built.
Five Of The Most Beautiful Horse Barns In The World
How Much Does A Horse Barn Cost?
The average cost to build a horse barn is $76,800. They range in price from $20,000 to $80,000. Find out more here.
The 5 Most Beautiful Barns Ever
For most riders, the barn and stable are not much more than functional spaces. Your horse always comes first, your barn and your stables are just spaces that keep your horse comfortable. That’s the beauty of the relationship; as long as you and your horse can be together, nothing else matters very much.
But there’s something a little bit special about the stable too. The cool air and the sweet smell of hay. It’s a private space where you can spend some quiet time looking after your horse.
And even though we love the intimacy of a simple, small stable, it’s fun to dream about huge barns with ornate decorations.
Below are some of the most interesting and ornate horse stables and barns in the world.
The Grand Stables of Chantilly
These incredible stables are part of a larger building that houses a prestigious art collection and overlooks a racecourse.
Originally owned by the French noble family of Montmoncery, the stables were recently refurbished for $3 million. At the height of their usage, these stables housed 250 horses and 300 hunting dogs.
This 228 acre ranch was bought for $18 million by Bill Gates, whose daughter rides competitively.
The palm trees, open space and the perfect cottage for horse-lovers make this a very nice place to be.
This incredible building in Denmark also has one of the most beautiful horse stables you will ever see.
Built in 1907, the building is the home of Danish parliament and the supreme court. It used to house 87 hunting horses and 165 carriage horses. Today it hold 20 carriage horses.
These horses are beautiful Klarubers from the Czech Republic. They are still used to transport the Danish Royal Family for traditional events.
Jackdaws Castle Stables
This 500 acre stable complex is every single one of your dreams combined into a single property. The place has everything; an indoor training area, an equine pool, equine treadmills, solariums and therapy bays.
This is where rider Zara Phillips trains, grand-daughter of Queen Elizabeth.
Amazing Wooden-clad Barn
This private luxury horse barn has no particular historical significance, but it does look absolutely stunning. The incredible wooden interior gives the place a sophistication and level of class that would almost live up to the beauty of the horses themselves.
A good horse stable is about matching your horse’s needs. It’s enjoyable to look at these kinds of lavish buildings. In the end, though, it’s about building something that suits a purpose; keeping your horse safe and comfortable.
Our Barns & Stables
Take a look at our range of equestrian buildings in our EquinaBuild brochure.