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post #11 of 24 Old 04-12-2012, 06:14 PM
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There are arenas that are essentially a giant tent with ribs to stretch the material over. Plenty of light let in during the day and lights for night use.
Wow, now I want one! Much more open.. love natural light!

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post #12 of 24 Old 04-12-2012, 09:56 PM
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My trainer has a really sweet riding arena - It's half in, half out ;) I'll try to find a pic... Anyway, the indoor half is almost exactly like the one someone posted earlier - just the poles supporting the roof, with half walls - and there are gates that you can open that lead to an outdoor arena. It's really cool ;)

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My trainer has a really sweet riding arena - It's half in, half out ;) I'll try to find a pic... Anyway, the indoor half is almost exactly like the one someone posted earlier - just the poles supporting the roof, with half walls - and there are gates that you can open that lead to an outdoor arena. It's really cool ;)
I would love to see pictures of that!
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My old trainer had a half in half out arena, the covered part was a coverall (the canvas stuff). To tell you the truth... It was AWFUL it was always flooding and impossible to take lessons in. She ended up using pea gravel as footing, but it still majorly flooded. She never had that problem until she extended it out. She took out the northern part, which was only a gate and wooden board, there was not a complete wall there, and then put footing down and fenced in a 60x40 area.

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Oh yes, if you live in an area where you get a lot of snow, coveralls aren't the best idea. The snow collects ontop and when it stops snowing it slides off and makes a dreadful noise that almost all horses spook at. If you have a spooky horse it gets loud in rain, and you can see outside figures in shadows on the wall.

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Sounds like a good desensitizing to me ;)

That's how the metal arenas were that I used to ride in.. urgh the snow would screech like those Black Riders on LOTR!

I know my arena would be huuuuuge so my boy could really move out. Any pics of it casey?

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No I don't that was around 6 years ago last time I rode there. Oh wait.. Oh no, my friend might have some of her riding in it but that was before it was extended.

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Just thinking out loud...

Natural light is great, but it needs air circulation. If you have lots of skylights or transparent sides while enclosing or blocking the wind, you are essentially creating a giant greenhouse. It could get very warm, very quickly.

The roof only enclosure pictured earlier in this thread seems like a popular option. You can also get canvas or vinyl sides that roll up and down. This would allow you to have plenty of light and an open feel but still be able to close things up on very cold or windy days.
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Oh yes, if you live in an area where you get a lot of snow, coveralls aren't the best idea. The snow collects ontop and when it stops snowing it slides off and makes a dreadful noise that almost all horses spook at. If you have a spooky horse it gets loud in rain, and you can see outside figures in shadows on the wall.
The snow does exactly that. What's worse is when it starts to melt and re-freezes into ice overnight. When it warms up during the day, you now have large, heavy sheets of ice sliding down. Very dangerous situation. I have seem some close calls.
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Just thinking out loud...

Natural light is great, but it needs air circulation. If you have lots of skylights or transparent sides while enclosing or blocking the wind, you are essentially creating a giant greenhouse. It could get very warm, very quickly.

The roof only enclosure pictured earlier in this thread seems like a popular option. You can also get canvas or vinyl sides that roll up and down. This would allow you to have plenty of light and an open feel but still be able to close things up on very cold or windy days.
Maybe one that you could flip open the windows to allow air to breeze through but still have the natural lighting?

I personally love the arena I rode in, but winter was tricky as even bundling up left us and our horses ice cold. Maybe there isn't an arena that can do it all.. hmm.

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