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    06-24-2012, 11:36 PM
New arena questions

We have a 7 acre pasture, with three sort of "sections"-the pasture makes a you shape. Anway, we've been thinking about putting in an arena in one portion of a section. I can't remember the dimensions, but it's a good size for riding (we ride in there a lot now.) Right now three of the four sides of it are our pasture fence, and of course there's grass all in it. We would want to put up another fence line to mark the final boundary. So two questions:
1) Would you use the same fencing for the fourth side, or something else? It's off white plastic, three rail. I mean, could you get the ends to blend in with the other two sides perpendicular to it?
2) What would be a good way to start with footing? What do you need to use? How deep? Are there different materials that should be used for different disciplines? We would be doing flat work and jumping in it.
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    06-27-2012, 12:27 AM
    06-28-2012, 08:23 AM
I believe it is a fairly involved and complex process...and depends on how "professional" you want to go. My trainer was explaining to me, coincidentally, the other day, about what went in to creating the arenas which we ride in. They brought in enough to fill a regulation dressage federation sized arena and similarly sized, only larger (slightly) jumping arena. Each are filled six inches deep on top with what I believe she said is a special type of sand which is a by-product from a certain type of mining (I BELIEVE) and then the dressage arena has a wood chip base, whereas, the jumping arena has some other sort of base.

I apologize for not having the correct info, I am simply trying to depict that it is QUITE the undertaking to properly foot an arena. For one's own PERSONAL HOME? Just for private use, I imagine you could fence it and foot it however you like. Perhaps google it? There HAS to be a ton of info out there!

Good Luck!
    11-24-2012, 11:35 AM

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