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post #1 of 8 Old 08-09-2011, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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building a run in and outdoor arena

Last summer i bought a farm and brought our horses home! Now all the fun stuff!!
I want to build an outdoor arena and I would like it to be covered or partially covered- I live in Ontario, Canada, and we barely were able to ride last winter.
I am doing all of these projects one bit at a time- my 3 girls ride, all different disciplines, but with our winters, I need somewhere to ride outside!
My property is mostly treed, so I have access to a neighbors equipments and can clear the land where I would like to put the arena, it is a damper area, not swampy, but damp-
Can anyone give me instructions on how I can cover it, still keep it really cheap, and still be safe for Canadian winters?
I would like to make the arena approx. 60X120-
anyone who has any idea of costs- that would really help- we get snow mid Novemeber, and I am going to start the digging next weekend.

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post #2 of 8 Old 08-10-2011, 12:02 PM
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Have you considered a tension fabric quonset building? I cannot say how well they work, but I have seen a few used as riding arenas around here (northern AB) and they look interesting. I don't imagine they would be very warm in winter, but would keep the snow out and let quite a lot of light in. I have seen some with one open end and some with both ends closed in with a door. I think there are quite a few manufacturers in your neck of the woods, as when I was looking into these for a hay shelter they would all be shipped from Ontario.
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The problem with those is price!!! I have got quotes Nd nothing under 70 grand!!!
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-11-2011, 11:27 AM
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Yikes! I didn't know they were that expensive. Another alternative would be to put up a pole barn and start with just the roof. Again, I have no idea as to the cost, but you could enclose a pole barn in stages over time.

We are looking to put up a small barn for tack and hay storage with a couple of small stalls. Like you, I don't want to break the bank doing it. I am interested to hear what you find.
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The problem with open sided riding areas is the wind. Not only would the wind be very cold, it would allow snow drifts to pile up making it unusable. If you can't afford to build, is there an indoor anywhere near you where you can make arrangements to use?
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post #6 of 8 Old 08-11-2011, 11:23 PM
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The problem with those is price!!! I have got quotes Nd nothing under 70 grand!!!
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Sorry I don't have any good ideas...and good luck. I can't think of any building type of the size you are looking at (60x120 arena) that needs to carry a snow load being inexpensive, even if you do the work yourself.

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post #7 of 8 Old 08-12-2011, 02:15 PM
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I hope I don't get blasted for this..... You could build a pole barn to start and use round bales for the walls through winter. Then next spring use the round bales when you reseed you pasture. It sounds like alot of trouble, but it worked great for us years ago.
Cheap hay versus walls. Reuseable hay for reseeding. Gives you a place to ride this winter and more time to save money to enclose it. You could even get some short metal panels from the roof line to the top of hay bales. There are loads of possibilites.
A friend built her mini barn out of left over metal roofing. She calls it her barn of many colors. I love it's character LOL

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post #8 of 8 Old 08-12-2011, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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That's an awesome idea!!!
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