If you’re planning on building an indoor arena, if you’re already taking the first steps, or if you’re just in the market to dream, coming up with ideas is the most enjoyable part.
Let’s look at some interesting ideas and inspiring suggestions for features and details you could put into a private indoor arena.
Built-in mounting steps
This is a great idea that will be appreciated by everyone that uses your arena. Get a hidden mounting block built into the wall. Flip it down when in use and hide it away again when you’re finished.
This product allows you to put slanted walls into the interior of your arena with ease. Just attach your chosen boarding to the metal frame and the interior of your arena is complete! The slanted walls will prevent your feet and legs from being crushed when your horse nears the edge.
One-way Mirrored Viewing Area
Install a viewing area that looks onto the arena for your guests. If you use one-way mirroring, they’ll be able to watch without concern of spooking your horse. You can also use the mirror as a regular training mirror, picking out the details of your performance.
Hooks in the tack area
You can never have too many hooks – set them up for ease of use. Another simple thing to remember is to make sure you have a lot of electrical sockets for each stall you might have. Simple tips, but worth remembering.
Translucent panels up high
Making use of natural light is the one decision you will never, ever regret. Transparent or translucent panels are great for letting in light without losing too much of your buildings insulating ability.
Air-condition your viewing area
A really nice viewing area gives your arena a VIP feel. A simple air conditioning unit and some nice furniture will do the trick.
Sliding doors on all four sides
Four sliding doors on each side will make your arena absolutely beautiful in warmer weather. The breeze will be wonderful, you’ll avoid any stuffiness, and you’ll let in natural light.
To see some examples of indoor horse arenas with these features, download our brochure at the top of the page.
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.
5 Inspiring Design Trends for Australian Homes
Small is convenient and stylish
Minimalism is a trend that has taken over home architecture recently. This trend is driven by the current high prices of land pricing and the environmental cost of large homes. Also, the idea of living more simply without compromising quality of life is promoted by minimalism. In accord with this fad architects are needing to factor in the use of space and ease of living when designing homes.
Welcome back nature
The idea of bringing the garden inside the house has come to life in the last few years in forms of rooftop gardens, fern walls and interior design features that celebrate nature. Indoor garden elements bring in a less structured approach to design with a fresh and natural atmosphere.
The trend has been encouraged by largescale projects such as 2009 New York High Line elevated park and the latest Seoul Sky Garden project in South Korea.
Above ground pools
Above ground pools have become common recently in city houses, often around the same size or slightly larger than an inflatable pool. These pools are more design orientated than practical, with the purpose to provide a view of water from the kitchen or living area. They tend to vary in size, with some being big enough to swim laps in while others being only waist-deep in water.
For a long time now kitchens have been designed to be an open space in the centre of the home, with easy access from any room in the house plan. This is changing as more people are taking on the idea of a hidden kitchen called a ‘prep kitchen’. These small tucked away spaces allow for food preparation, necessary appliances and the mess of cleaning up to be hidden from sight. This idea allows for the ‘on display’ kitchen to follow a minimal design and be more of a social area in the house for when having guests.
Energy efficient homes
The ideas of energy efficiency and ecological design have found their way into modern architecture building and design. These homes do not only have a lighter ecological footprint, but they are trendy and in fashion at the moment.