04-26-2011, 12:52 PM
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I have only been lucky enough to be at a few barns with indoor arenas and they were all VERY different. The current one I have (as seen in the back ground of some of my pictures) is slightly narrow. It serves its purpose for the use of roping but for barrels would be too narrow. They do make it in a wider size though. It is fairly unique since it is round the snow doesnt sit on it and slides off. The cons it can be a bit noisy when the wind is really blowing but it has helped desensitize my horses!! It comes from Farmtek. They have a variety of sizes and the price is reasonable. The top has a clear section that lets in light too..
The second kind I have been in and was able to run the pattern on was actually an old airplane hanger that was torn down and put back up as an indoor arena. I liked it a lot... I think it was relatively inexpensive due to the fact it was used. It was very wide so the pattern was nice and big. They even put chute's up so we could practice in the chute.
Lastly was just a basic indoor arena. Could put a pattern up but no real speed to be had in it. What I did like is that the sides were a thick plexi glass so you could see outside...