I am going to be making my outdoor this summer and I am on a very limited budget. It is in my front pasture and for the last two years I have been riding in the area just mowing the grass. I am going to have it leveled and put sand in. It is pretty much all clay. I know it will not be that great since I am not putting in a base, but I don't have the funds to do a base.
A guy is coming out tomorrow to give me an estimate on the leveling. Just curious, what do you think a reasonable cost for having leveled would be. It is not that off level, maybe just 5 or so feet off level on the short side and less on the long side with some lumps and bumps. It may not sound like much but it seems like a lot when I am trying to practice my dressage tests. It is difficult to get my horses to be even and rhythmic when the footing is rough and hard as a rock or slick as snot.
For the fencing I just want a visual barrier. I don't like solid fencing like board or pipe. I saw a paddock done with metal posts with 2" pvc pipe slipped over with a cap on top. It looked pretty good and safe. I was going to use the strap fencing (not the electric kind) that they sell in the Farmtek catalog. I figure if I fall and hit it; it will bounce me off like a boxing ring.
I am open to opinions or suggestions.