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jingojewel 05-31-2012 12:57 PM

Advice on building an outdoor arena?
So I'd really like to build an outdoor arena this summer instead of trailering down to the one a half hour down the road. I really don't know how to go about creating the footing for it though! I'd like to stay fairly lower budget. I was thinking of 80x100, with just lumber fences if I have to, although id love to be able to fence it with panels (I can get enough for this size for roughly 1000.) I don't want to leave the ground as grass because it would be so slippery. Also, our ground is not very level. Would i be able to just plow the land, pick the rocks, bring in some sand and mix it with the soil? How many loads of sand would I need? Or, how have you done your arena? I'm looking for inexpensive and useable, not fancy! Thanks!
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aspin231 06-03-2012 03:11 AM

I'm interested in this too, if anyone has any advice.

Though for footing, I don't think that mixing the dirt is correct- Leveling, compacting then sand if I recal correctly???

newbierider 06-03-2012 05:46 PM

I am interested in this also. My horses are in the desert so the ground is like sand but probably coarser grained. It seems any time I read about arena preparation it is always complex and costly. If you just want a safe place for the kids to practice riding, trotting and figure 8's do I need to have special footing?
looking forward to suggestions with you on low cost arena prep

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