Originally Posted by Frog
As long as it built properly, they are great.
They need a good base with drainage and during summer need to be irrigated otherwise the ground tends to go rock hard and is not the greatest if working a horse consistantly on it. Also the right type of grass is a must, usually a very hard wearing kykuyu will work best.
This is very true. A grass arena will require as much work and money to develope as any other type of footing.
They are much harder to level, and will develope rutts from hooves constantly beating into it, which is going to create a ruff surface to work on.
You will need to apply topsoil at least once a year, mow regularly, and water regularly.
The hooves will kill off the grass, allowing the more hardy weeds to grow, which will be very unatractive to potential boarders, and the owner of the property probably wont aprove either.
I think you should discuss with the property owner about the benifits of a properly developed sand arena (not just sand dumped on the ground). Tell her it will add value and class to her land, as well as create buisiness for you.