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post #1 of 17 Old 10-22-2013, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Post Survey: Inflatable horse arena - your experience

Hello, my name is Paul. I'm very much new here.

I am an architect from Lithuania working in architect firm. We collect information for the new project - stables with riding school, show jumping and riding hall Square.
At the moment we are having a great controversy about how shoud be riding hall designed. Should we choose more expensive way - structure, or less expensive - inflatable.

For example, inflatable structures (just an example):



I would like to ask you, would you plase share your experiences bout visiting / participating / owning such inflatable riding hall.

Are horses afraid to be the inside of such building? How do they react? Or is it not a problem at all.

We have a number of advisers, but I want to hear views from abroad.
I believe that we are a little bit under pressure to save money, but in our view, the decision has to be the most suitable for horses.

Thank you for your time :)
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post #2 of 17 Old 10-22-2013, 10:36 AM
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I can't say I've experienced one myself. It's a neat idea, but if the structure flaps at all or billows in the wind I can see it being a problem for the horses who are more spooky about such things. Any kind of flapping thing- tarps, bags, canvas, flags - are generally scary to horses. I'd be interested to hear from people who have seen and used one in person.

Would these structures be long term or temporary?
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post #3 of 17 Old 10-22-2013, 10:40 AM
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Horses can get used to most things but I wouldn't enjoy riding in it, but I'm not sure why - a bit claustrophobic?
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Would these structures be long term or temporary?
They would like to use it in winter. Or year-round with open sides during summer time.
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They would like to use it in winter. Or year-round with open sides during summer time.
I think long term I would definitely rather go with a sturdy structure rather than inflatable. The inflatable would be awesome for hosting something like weekend shows, just a few days, but winters here can get incredibly nasty and I'd rather have a trusty, sturdy structure I don't have to worry about with a good solid frame. (Though I like the removable sides thing.)
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I'd that like a cover all? If so, those are awesome! Great for summer riding because you can open the sides. They are also sturdier than you would think.I know a few barns who have them in this area (Wisconsin) and they hold up just fine in the winter
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post #8 of 17 Old 10-22-2013, 06:24 PM
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How much snow/wind can one of those inflatables handle before it comes apart? I would prefer a permanent structure with lots of windows for air flow but I can understand trying to control the costs with an inflatable too.
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post #9 of 17 Old 10-22-2013, 07:20 PM
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Horses who haven't seen it before might be afraid. If it makes a noise or moves even a little in the wind they're going to be afraid. It also has to be pretty sturdy in case a horse knocks into it, kicks it etc. If many events are going to be held there you'll probably have permently build a sort of outdoor arena anyway.

To be honest, i'd go with a permanent structure. That way it's going to be strong, safe, wind and water proof. You'll probably have a wider range of surfaces available as well, because it's going to be out of the elements. Also, I think more people would be attracted to a proper indoor, to rent it and use it for events.

You could build it with vents or shutters along the side to open during summer to let a breeze in.
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post #10 of 17 Old 10-22-2013, 07:39 PM
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Is it actually inflatable, or is it just a metal frame with the material pulled around it? It looks like the same basic design that they have in the high tunnels at my boyfriend's farm- semi circle raised up with the vinyl material on the outside. I would be fine using it for an arena. If it's the same sort of thing and it's assembled correctly then the outer material is pulled over the frame tightly so that there is no slack. It won't flap around at all, or you did something wrong. I'd definitely ride in an arena with one, but I would look towards putting something more sturdy in were it not a temporary venture.
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