Five Things That Can Ruin A Good Horse Arena
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.
Creative, Clever uses for old Baling Twine
1. Make a door mat.
This is definitely the work of someone who is very skilled (and has a lot of different colours of baling twine). Definitely a show-piece of twine mastery to work your way up to.
Find out how to make a baling twine welcome mat here.
The simplest and easiest way to make use of baling twine. Just thread it through your shoes and you’re ready to go.
Great for fixing up a broken set of laces.
3. A halter.
This is certainly one to be careful of – the twine could be too rough against your horses skin. But if you’re in emergency need of a halter and all you have is baling twine – this is a solution.
4. A hay feeder.
Grab an old barrel, remove the bottom and attach a hand-woven baling twine net.
That’s all there is to it.
5. A lead.
This one requires a bit of braiding and weaving skill, but it makes a very professional-looking lead that can be quite useful.
Definitely worth experimenting with this idea.
Complete honesty: these are not the most attractive shoes I have seen in my entire like.
But if you found yourself bare-footed in a barn with twine and hours to spare, they might be exactly what you need.
7. A woven chair.
Chairs are often woven from wicker or straw – why not do the same with baling twine? This simple pattern looks neat, tidy, and isn’t too difficult.
8. A crochet mandala mat.
Anything that can be made from rope or wool can pretty much be made from baling twine. This beautiful mat would make a very nice addition to any barn (or any home, for that matter).
These are adorable, a very nice addition to the outdoors spring decor.
Just make sure your horse doesn’t find them!
10. A hay net.
Using some simple knotting techniques, you can put together a rough hay net to suspend for your horses.
See exactly how you can do this here.
READ MORE: How much it costs to build an indoor arena.