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.
Why are equestrian people so passionate?
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Solariums and chandeliers: A look at our most luxurious horse facility
Central Steel Build designs and constructs steel buildings. The fitting out is done separately by others.
Our buildings become a space for some of the most incredible facilities in Australia. This amazingly lavish horse arena was fitted with solariums, offices, viewing rooms and even chandeliers.
It’s a great example of what can be done if you have the time and money. For this project, the owners really decided on the best available for each option.
Let’s take a look at some of the finer details:
Wood grain panelling is the most expensive option for kickboards, but it also looks the best. The perimeter of this arena has been fitted with high quality wood and it looks great.
This is another real luxury that is certainly worth the effort. Putting a viewing room in your building that looks out onto the arena is a great idea. It’s also a good investment, and makes it easier for you to host events at your arena.
This building was full of high end facilities like solariums. They make the arena much more functional. One of the first questions that needs to be answered when building an arena is How will the arena be used? It’s all about making sure the functionality is there to meet your needs.
This is our favourite part! A lot of great design and interesting building techniques were used for this project. The building combines a traditional barn-style look with contemporary details. The use of wood and steel looks wonderful together and the light fittings and stone details add charm to the place.
This is certainly one of the most visually impressive projects we’ve built. It’s great working with a client who is so aware of how the building itself will be affected by the details and facilities that go into it. It’s a beautiful building.
To see more of our equestrian buildings, download the brochure at the top of our website.