5 Steps To Building A Horse Riding Arena
1. Plan & Design.
The first stage, as with any large project, is to think things through and plan.
Find out which mistakes you needs to avoid, and make sure you have a very clear idea of how you want your project to turn out.
You will also need to decide the scope of your project. Will you just be building an arena surface and small border, or do you plan on building a fully enclosed indoor?
2. Find your location.
Part of planning is finding a location for your arena. It should have easy access, should avoid water run-off during rain, and be protected from the weather if possible.
Also important will be making sure you arena fits, so measure your available space and decide on an appropriate arena size.
3. Build the Base.
For proper drainage, you’ll need to level your arena and lay crushed stone as a base. You can then look at laying the surface.
The most important thing at this stage is making sure your arena drains well, particularly if you aren’t planning on building a cover.
4. Design your indoor.
If you’re building a steel indoor, do some research & find out about local companies that can build for you. Look for a company that will handle your building permits, can adjust the project according to your desires, and has their own team of designers & engineers.
5. Build & enjoy.
When your arena is complete, enjoy it! If possible, share it or rent it out when you aren’t using it. Hold lessons. Make sure that your new arena is something that you and others get a lot of joy from.
SEE MORE: Our EquinaBuild brochure.
Why Hot-Dipped Galvanised Steel Is Better Than Painted Steel
All steel products are susceptible to rusting when they come into contact with oxygen.
Rust can be prevented by painting over the steel or by hot dip galvanising.
Hot Dipped Galvanising
This is the process of immersing steel into molten zinc to coat it. Zinc bonds with the steel to form an anti-rusting and anti-corrosive coating. Hot dipped galvanised steel is used for many different functions including roofing, automotive parts and heating and cooling conduction systems.
The coating has a lifetime of over 50 years in most weather conditions and requires hardly any maintenance.
Hot dip galvanising is the process Central Steel Build use on all of our sheds at no cost to the client. It is the best and longest-lasting way to protect your steel.
Many people consider this method more aesthetically appealing than the silver triangular pattern that zinc coating creates.
Coating paints work well in protecting from high temperatures and insulating the steel from fire. However paint coating has a 12-15 year lifetime especially where the steel is exposed to rust when the paint is scratched, chipped or dented.
Just look at the images above and you will see why we recommend hot dip galvanising over paint coating, especially in corrosive environments like coastal regions or buildings used for intense animal husbandry.