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post #1 of 28 Old 03-03-2012, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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Clear Span Arena

Hey guys,

My dad wants to get one for riding in the winter and for hot summer days. I told him I'd look into it so I figured I'd ask you guys if anyone had one put up on their property. Let me know if you like it or think there could be something better with it.

Thanks a lot.

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post #2 of 28 Old 03-03-2012, 11:54 PM
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The boarding facility next door to me has one and I trailered my horse over and rode in it.

Very light and bright inside, was a pleasant temperature inside despite it being extremely cold outside.

The biggest issue is that the side supports are angled in such a fashion that while a horse can fit neatly under them, the human would be decapitated. Sooo... if you have an ancy, extremely green horse (which if course would be what I was riding) it's downright dangerous. So my trainer lined all the supports with barrels, chairs, tables, jumps.... basically anything she could find and while this served to keep him and I safe, we lost a good 4 feet of space in what was already a TINY arena.

It was incredibly dusty but I would attribute this to lack of maintenance/proper footing.

So it was *ok*... nothing wonderful, nothing worth hauling my horse over to ride in and I would definitely NOT consider buying one. They're expensive AND you lose at least 4 feet of it's width to those supports.
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post #3 of 28 Old 03-04-2012, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah I was thinking the same about losing space but I think we were planning on putting sand down instead of saw dust to eliminate the dust factor. Thanks for your opinion though.

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post #4 of 28 Old 03-04-2012, 12:57 AM
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starline stables has a nic eone :)
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post #5 of 28 Old 03-04-2012, 07:15 AM
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They are nice, but I wouldn't own one. I think last year four or five fell down during a normal hurricane season here, considering we get hurricane force winds all year around that's scary. Long as it is just an arena not a barn, their light and airy the snow sounds like a loud zipper, and the angle of the supports in a problem if you can't afford a wider one (like 60 foot one will be narrowed).
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post #6 of 28 Old 03-04-2012, 07:22 AM
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One of our members put one up last year - this is the thread It's finally here!

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post #7 of 28 Old 03-04-2012, 07:23 AM
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My friend has a really nice one -- they did a good job with the sides and it isn't dangerous at all, but I am sure it cost a pretty penny. There are other things I really don't like about it. In the summer, It is a little cooler but not a lot. You tend to get lots of the green heads and flies unlike regular indoors. Int he winter the snow sliding off is scary and can be seen. I know regular roof indoors have the same problem, but because of the way the sun hits it and the wind it is just different and very loud. I think it is super cold too. Also the echo and acoustics are crazy strange. Someone can be talking at one end of the arena and it sounds like you are talking in a normal voice at the other end. Very strange. I wouldn't get one.
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post #8 of 28 Old 03-04-2012, 08:52 AM Thread Starter
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One of our members put one up last year - this is the thread It's finally here!
Do they have any pics of it when it was finally put together?

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post #9 of 28 Old 03-04-2012, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
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My friend has a really nice one -- they did a good job with the sides and it isn't dangerous at all, but I am sure it cost a pretty penny. There are other things I really don't like about it. In the summer, It is a little cooler but not a lot. You tend to get lots of the green heads and flies unlike regular indoors. Int he winter the snow sliding off is scary and can be seen. I know regular roof indoors have the same problem, but because of the way the sun hits it and the wind it is just different and very loud. I think it is super cold too. Also the echo and acoustics are crazy strange. Someone can be talking at one end of the arena and it sounds like you are talking in a normal voice at the other end. Very strange. I wouldn't get one.
So if you were building an arena what kind of building would you put up?

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post #10 of 28 Old 03-04-2012, 09:31 AM
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A regular old fashion arena with siding and a regular roof. They are cooler too. I have ridden in one that had cement walls and loved it. It was warmer in the winter and nice and cool in the summer, but I am guessing that would be quite pricy.
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