Important Features of Horse Riding Arenas
It has become increasingly common for stables to have their own all-year-round horse arenas, which means you can have somewhere to ride and exercise the horse no matter what the weather. Arranging to have this type of structure built can be an excellent decision, but it is important to carefully consider the features that make riding arenas a worthwhile investment. Here are just some of the things you are going to want to think about:
Riding Surface Material and Base Material
The material to be used for the riding surface is one of the most important considerations when creating a horse riding arena. You need to get the foundations right first of all, and this means choosing a base material that is going to be able to withstand a high level of use. The exact material that is going to be best for you is going to depend on the intended use of the arena (e.g. jumping or reining).
The riding surface needs to offer the right balance between cushioning and firmness. If it is not firm enough, it is going to be difficult for the horse to gain traction, and if there is a lack of cushioning, it can cause damage to the horse’s legs.
Ventilation and Temperature Control
If there is poor air quality in your riding arena, it is going to negatively impact the health of the horse and possibly even your own well-being. This problem can be overcome by providing plenty of fresh air through the use of proper ventilation – mechanical ventilation such as fans may also be necessary. In order to achieve adequate ventilation, it is usually necessary to enlist the help of building experts familiar with this type of construction, and the team here at Southcon will be happy to offer you advice.
One of the great benefits of building your own all-year-round arena is you can have a lot more control over temperature. Ventilation can be used during the hot months to cool things down, and the fact that it is indoors means protection from some of the worst of the weather during the winter months.
If there is too much dust in your riding arena it is going to cause problems for both the horse and the rider. If you have too many dry fine particles lose on your arena surface, it is subsequently going to lead to more dust. The secret to improved dust control is to choose a surface material that has a higher moisture-holding capacity.
Southcon has close association with the equestrian industry, and we are the right choice if you are considering adding a horse riding arena to your premises. Contact us today so we can answer your questions and provide you with the right solution.