Building an arena?

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    06-23-2012, 10:38 PM
Building an arena?

Not sure I put this in the right spot....
But I'm going to be working on building an arena in the next year, and need some tips on what to do for the ground. I was going to just use sand for the ground, but I wanted to make sure I'm building this right (I want it to be nice). I'm going to use regular fencing/panels for the fence, because I want it to be portable.

Oh! I forgot to ask about this too!
How would I build a hitch post? I need to build something heavy duty, because I have a butt-hole of a horse. :P
I have a couple idea's, but I'm not sure if I'd be doing it right...

Any ideas, suggestions, or personal experience would be great!
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    06-24-2012, 01:03 PM
For footing in an arena, everyone says it should be soft. But if you ride your horse regularly, then a firm footing would be ok, maybe a layer of sand or pea gravel, or even stone dust for some cushion. If its too soft, you could risk injury, because they may not be used to the footing and stumble, or sprain/strain something.

As for a hitching post, I have a single post in the ground. Other wise my horses would have ripped it out of the ground by now if it were a "traditional" hitching post.
    06-24-2012, 01:54 PM
If your horse has a problem tying you I would suggest some training with the tie blocker ring. A hitching post might not hold it.
    06-24-2012, 09:55 PM
At my lesson school, the outdoor arena is a mix of sand and recycled rubber (Actually old, ground up Nike shoes- Really Cool!), the indoor is dirtish sand (Not really sure haha), and the jump ring used to be grass but now they just used a layer of mulch (Which is kinda a good idea, but it's hard to walk on barefoot-even tho you shouldnt be barefoot around horses!) As for the hitching rail, I would just use a post and use some hitching rings... Like these: Screw Type Hitching Ring with Screw Eye Hook Good luck!
    06-25-2012, 01:03 AM
My horse is barefoot....
I think I'm going to just do a sand/soft dirt mix??
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