I got a quote yesterday for doing some field/arena building. If I put the arena at the top of the one field it would need to be cleaned (taking out all the bad stuff) and bringing in footing for the arena including harrowing/raking the bottom of the field and machine/labor - it'll be about $2500. Really not bad for all of that but I still need to get it from somewhere
If I make the riding arena at the bottom of the sand field that already has a sand footing that just needs to be leveled and "fluffed" since it drains very well and doesn't get slick/mushy I can make a larger arena and have less trees actually to deal with. I can make a 74' x 120/125' arena with 2 trees not along the fence line/in the way instead of a 66' x 100' arena with 3 trees kind of in the way. Not to mention the price for the arena would then most likely be around $500. Then I would get my manure guy to clean the top of the field where the arena would have been for only $270 when he comes to get the pile I have going...
Which sounds better? Either way I need to get some sort of lighting (was thinking solar spot lights...going green) and still need to do some fence work/footing work...but would be minimal compared to the other end.
*sigh* Horse people - what would you do?
Here is a photo of the field in question, it's the best one I have:
Here are the 2 layouts. The 1st one would be more money:
This one would save money. It also show's where the trees are so you can see where they would be in the first one also: