I've been dreaming of and planning out my future boarding and breeding stables (I'm 16... heehee) and, in the process of figuring out costs, I've been pretty dang shocked. 60k+ to build an indoor riding ring? Really? I just can't see why.
So, could anyone who owns or has built barns, arenas, etc, break down the cost for your particular project? The more detailed, the better.
My arena I've been planning: indoor, with sort of garage-door-style 'windows' that make up more of the walls than the wall does (does that description make sense? Lol) that would open to make it feel more like a covered arena than indoor, but also let in a ton of light when closed. Probably 100'x200'. I loved loved loved this footing a barn had- sand mixed with rubber bits- so that's most likely what I would have.
Do you need a drainage system for indoor/covered arenas?
Also, I've been considering the cost of building a small racetrack... yeah, a racetrack. (I figure it would be good for exercising a horse if someone else is in the arena [and you don't need to jump or anything*], or an attraction for racehorse owners to board there, or to train a horse to drive, etc)
Of course, googling it comes up with these famous tracks that cost tens of millions of dollars to build... I'm just thinking 1 mile, probably dirt turf, and the standard guard rails (like the ones on the side of the road?). No fancy starting gate or grandstands.
*If you wanted to jump in a racetrack, could you? I would imagine so...
I know, I'm dreamin' big, but hey, why not dream? It's a nicer thing to think about than homework.