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post #11 of 17 Old 10-22-2013, 07:53 PM
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Coveralls are actually used as permanent indoors at many barns. Where I haul out for lessons they have 2 coveralls. They don't flap or blow in the wind. They also have wooden kick boards. I would totally get one off I had my own place. They also stay pretty warm because of the sunlight.

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post #12 of 17 Old 10-22-2013, 07:54 PM
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It is inflatable. We have these all over the united states mostly used as sports arenas. I have never seen one used for horses. I live approximately 20 feet from a very large one used for hockey and soccer actually.

Maintained properly snow is not an issue, they must be heated to melt the snow though if there is any sort of flat area on top. Minnesota Metro Dome anyone?

Wind would be an issue. They would have to be built in a sort of protected area if they were very large. Now if you are talking one with open sides then this would not be inflatable but rather just a coverall of sorts.

Also due to the inflation needed to support the shape there is constant air movement so stale air shouldn't be an issue.
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post #13 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 01:55 AM Thread Starter
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Good morning all. Thank you for you replies.

Answer to the question - yes it is inflatable. The form is constantly maintained by the compressors. It has multilayer structure - for ex. - special layer for protection from damage, heavy metal neting on the top to keep it steady...
There is more modifications of such construction. Some of them is arc, others - more popular - dome form. But this is not the point of discussion :)

I am surprised that this type of building has no analogues in the world. You wont find much with google abou inflatable horse arenas.
I'm sure that there must be an explanation... Maybe no one wanted to risk it and test it - is horses afraid of such a gale. After all, such a design is costly as well.

So I believe you all would be not very confident going into Jumping off in such inflatable arena.

I have a feeling that the saving in this case is inappropriate. I can not confirm that horses are not afraid of such structure... Few could deny the other way around.
Yet I really can assure that horses is not afraid of permanent construction. I think this is a logic to be followed.
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post #14 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 06:21 AM
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As has been said, I have only seen these in the US for other sports....not horses. It would seem to me that the Coverall type arena (here in the US) is sort of in between this inflatable and a conventional "sticks and bricks" type arena. Having ridden quite a lot on both the Coverall and conventional, I will say they both have advantages. Coveralls are very light, which can be an advantage, but I have found that snow and ice sliding off seem to be more scary for horse than a conventional arena. Personally I strongly prefer the conventional build. Much, much more durable and less likely to be scary in wind and other elements. Best of all worlds is a conventional with insulated roof.

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post #15 of 17 Old 10-24-2013, 02:45 AM Thread Starter
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post #16 of 17 Old 10-24-2013, 08:24 PM
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My horse would do ok in it, but I can think of at least 10 other horses at my barn that would give that a giant "NO WAY." :p

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post #17 of 17 Old 10-24-2013, 09:21 PM
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The inflatable buildings normally need an airlock in order to maintain the high inside air pressure separate from outside low pressure (normal) air in order to keep it afloat. I don't see how you be able to have open air sides for it because of the mechanics required. Airlock could be very stressful for horses. I am sensitive to air pressure changes and I can feel the change, and I would imagine horses would be even more perceptive to them. The problem of proper ventilation with numerous latte animals would also be a major concern.
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