I've never had an arena of any kind, and never will. I ride in fields that have the gates open (To all the young ones out there... Please don't follow my example!) and also on the roads, and in my paddocks when the ground is soft (very rough when the ground is hard).
Considering your horses won't be tied up, and bomb off, I also suggest a round pen and a lot of ground work.
I know that I've basically made monsters out of my horses and I'm working on that. I'm doing groundwork with the most spirited of my horses every day for a couple hours now and I'm seeing improvement already. I don't want advice on how to correct their bad/unacceptable behaviors on this thread... I'd just really appreciate ideas on how to make an arena. In an arena, I can take one horse at a time (even on a halter and lead) so they're alone and have less distractions and focus on working one at a time.
Advice on behavior is appreciated, but unnecessary at this time. I've sought out help with that already. :)
I cannot post pictures from my phone, but read this thread. There is a hung of info on my arena. We just bought this property so really didn't have a ton of money. I tilled the ground (I'm used to deep footing for gaming) We purchased t posts for the corners & all the middle is temporary posts, with a strand or 2 of hot poly wire.
This weekend we set 5 postal in concrete (we eventually will have the entire area in wood rails & it doubles as our sacrifice area.
If you have naughty snots, I'm not sure how secure your fencing will need to be. Mine are really easy on fences. They can be ripping around, kicking, jumping, etc & will stop dead for a single strand.
A round pen would be cheaper, since its a smaller area to fence. Posted via Mobile Device
I built my arena out of used tires stacked four high, the tires were free I just went around collecting them from the side of the road, and put an add on Craigs list for them, and went to my mechanic. I put up a 4ft gate and now I have my arena. It is by no means sturdy but it gives some boundaries and I have yet to have a horse try to go through or over it. I also use the tires to build obstacles. I really did not think about what I will do if I ever have to move, but that is not in my plans.