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  • Does a riding arena have to be flat?
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    12-26-2011, 10:28 AM
Horse Riding Arena

I want to get a riding arena. I was thinking indoor, but then I saw a few prices for those, and blew the idea off. Well, I was thinking maybe I could get an outdoor riding arena. I would like crusher run footing, and a wooden fence. (The fence doesn't have to be very strong.) But I don't know how deep the crusher run would have to be, and how big the arena would have to be. (I would like to put a few jumps in it.) Any ideas on this? I would like to spend under $1,500. Is that reasonable?
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    12-26-2011, 11:55 AM
Most arenas that I've seen that drain well and maintain good footing have about 4" of crusher run/gravel under 6-8" of screenings/stone dust. I don't know how much of the work you plan on doing yourself (labor is expensive), but around here you can't even get that much rock for a small arena for $1500. Hope you live in a less expensive area.
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    12-26-2011, 12:35 PM
I could do a lot of the work, if it saves me money! (Haha!) Maybe I could use something besides crusher run. (I would like something that dries quickly...) any suggestions?
    12-26-2011, 03:41 PM
Welcome Uii
Hope you enjoy your self
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    12-27-2011, 11:29 AM
Thank you! I hope to!
    12-27-2011, 11:31 AM
Exclamation Flat or Slant?

Does an arena have to be flat? I was hoping to have it slanted slightly, so the water wouldn't pool up. Plus, it would save me money, if I didn't get someone in there to flatten up the land.
    12-27-2011, 12:35 PM
A friend of mine had an outdoor arena she made herself & it's a dandy job! It's also on a little slant, it does help drainage ;) I can't mind what footing she used but it cost around €1200 (approx $900 I think?) for all the materials & she did all the labour herself :)
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    12-27-2011, 01:22 PM
I would think that too much of a slant would cause what ever footing you buy to run off though. I know that some people have trouble keeping their footing in the ring on flat land.

I the biggest part of it is maintenance. Drag before it rains (make it flat as possible) let it set for a day in the sun after, the drag again before you ride.
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    12-27-2011, 01:41 PM
[QUOTE=Horsesdontlie;1281766]I would think that too much of a slant would cause what ever footing you buy to run off though. I know that some people have trouble keeping their footing in the ring on flat land...

That is true... maybe there's a better way, like, I could have super, like, super, mini ditches (maybe 4?) going from the center to the end of the arena?
    12-27-2011, 01:58 PM
If you are making a true drylot/outdoor riding arena you will need to bring in heavy equiptment to dig down to clay. You than will need to put a special geotextile fabric down... crushed limestone.. another layer of geotextile... and 10" of your footing. THIS is how it will drain. If you live in a dry part of the country this type of arena is not necessary. I used to live in utah and you would never need something like that there.. now that im in ohio I swear it rains 6 of the 7 days out of the week!
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