Arena help needed!
I hope this is the right area, but my hopes for somebody who actually knows the answer are rather small as it's a rather unusual problem I'm having.* But here goes!
I have a lovely outdoor arena that I had built on my property.* The only place it could go was on a slight hill.* It ended up with a cut out on the east of about 5 feet and a build up on the west of about - you guessed it! - 5 feet.* I had base rock put in and rolled down and then sand on top.* I had RR ties as borders and built up an electric tape fence (no, it's not hooked to electric, just explaining that it's the wide tape instead of boards).* All this was done on a budget and the only reason I could afford the base FINALLY was a truck accident that gave me $20 less than the bid to do the work, but though encompassing both doors, was only aesthetic so did not need to be fixed.* So I look at my dented truck and think, that's my arena, and I SO love having my own good arena rideable almost all the time.
So the problem... first I noticed that points on the west side (build up) were blowing out with heavy rain.* I put in a concrete blockage on the east side and I made some concrete drains at the spots where it blew out.* It has worked very well for a few years.* This last spring we had massive rains, floods, etc.* It broke through the east side (which has since been heavily reworked) and took out the south west corner.* It's daylight, but not enough to need to redo it, which I can't afford anyway.* So I concreted that to form a drainage spot and filled with rocks to help lessen erosion.
Which FINALLY brings me to the thoughts I'm having - would it be better to remove, or perhaps lift up onto brick the entire west side?* Would allowing the water to leave with out having to find spots to blow out perhaps save it and slow erosion?* I note the sand doesn't move much even in a flood, but the water rushing through it erodes the next layer, which is why I'm thinking it might work... or do you think it would just carry out all the sand with it?
And PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not tell me I need to put in this drainage system or that, this is what I have to work with.* Ingenuity and work. And please again, if you feel it's your way or the highway and want to tell me it's a lost cause please don't. No offense, but really, people, if that's all you have to say sometimes it's OK to just move on and not reply. TIA...
Last edited by horselovinguy; 06-20-2019 at 04:21 PM.
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