This is one of the most impressive indoors we’ve built, with a 6 stall stable, a barn and dressage arena combined into a single space.
The entrance of the building looks fantastic, where two large wood sliding doors have been set up to greet riders. The huge façade was made of a deep blue metal, which looks great against the trees and grass surrounding the complex. It’s the perfect kind of understated style; it looks great without breaking up the overall feel of the environment.
The interior features a large sized dressage arena and a collection of horse stalls.
We loved working on this project with The Horse Shed Shop, who project managed this build on behalf of gold medal grand prix dressage rider Lone Joergensen. It’s always a satisfying experience to see such a grand project come together so perfectly.
Finding a way to realise our clients’ dreams is exactly what Central Steel Build is about. This is the perfect example of what happens when we work with a client to produce something truly great.
6 Things to Keep in Mind When Riding a Horse
1. Look forwards.
It’s easy to get distracted by what’s immediately ahead of you, and by your horse itself. Make sure you’re focusing on the path ahead and that you know where you’re going.
2. Sit upright in the saddle.
New riders have a tendency to keep their bodies low and close to the horse. Try to be confident and ride with an erect back.
3. Heels down.
You might have heard this shouted by an instructor before. It doesn’t mean you should just pull your toes up; you need to adjust your weight so that your heels are lower than your toes.
4. Don’t put your feet too far into the stirrup.
This is a reasonable response for first time riders – they want to feel their feet safely lodged in. This can get your feet stuck if you fall off, and makes it harder for your to balance.
5. Your horse is not a machine.
Most riders start out because they love horses. Always remember that riding is about working with your horse, not forcing it to do what you want. If you work with this idea of mutual respect, you’ll learn faster and better.
6. Have your elbows at your side.
Another tendency for new riders it to lift their arms. You’ll have much more control and will be able to communicate with your horse better if you keep your arms at your side. This allows you to handle the reins better.
READ MORE: How much it costs to build an indoor arena.
Bettina Eistel – The dressage rider with no arms
Bettina Eistel is a German dressage rider.
She was born without arms and has since learned to use her feet and her mouth to teach herself a number of things – including riding dressage.
Eistel has won a number of medals at the most prestigious equestrian events, including the 2004 Paralympics in Athens.
Her horse is named Fabuleux 5, and they’ve been a team for most of Eistel’s career.
Eistel takes care of Fabuleux 5 just like we would; the washes, brushes, feeds and trains her horse daily, though she does it all with her feet.
When riding, Eistel holds the reigns in her mouth and with her feet, a combination that had lead her to worldwide victory and success.
DOWNLOAD: Indoor horse arena brochure.