I'm interested in having an outdoor arena for horse riding, how much would that cost if I have it done on about 1 acre? Thanks!
Ok, thank you!Outdoor $25,000 to $200,000 - Indoor up to $500,000.
The basic cost depends on the size, use, drainage and footing as well as the site work that needs done to prep for laying the foundation and working layers. Then comes the add ons. Fencing, equipment to maintain, equipment for use (dressage would need the letters, roping would need a place for cattle....). There is no one size fits all answer. Except to say an arena is not cheap.
I could water it since my hose is right near the field and I could get a big sprinkler. Not sure what type of dirt I would use.It all depends on the materials you have available. Your skills using the equipment necessary and what you will be using it for. Different disciplines need different footing for safety and all need attention to slope, drainage, level, base material and top footing. What type of dirt? Most are sand over a clay base of some type. Do you have th equipment to maintain it once done? A way to water it?
Wow, this was great info! Thank you!If that acre is flat then I would leave it grass.
I would have to ask the husband what size my ring is. I think it's 125x80. We rented a dozer for $3k, it took a few days to level it and then we put in drain tiles. I had a few loads of sand brought in at I think it was $500 per load. I only had enough to sand half the arena so I still have to finish it.
We lined it with Rail Road ties. They cost us 6 or 800 (I can't remember). I have not put lights up yet and still need about 4-5 loads of sand to finish it and I haven't fenced it yet.
It's definitely cheaper to do it yourself but if my husband hadn't been a heavy equipment operator while he was paying his way through college then it would still be a grass ring. The only issues I had with it being grass was that it would get slick when it rained and one end tended to stay wet.
Like I said I'm not sure if I am, I was just curious.The commercial grade sprinklers we used were over$200. They covered a 120 foot diameter. Depending on how big your area you would likely need two or need to move it. You also have to have the capacity to handle the amount of water you'd need. If you are on a well you may need another well and a larger tank and pump plus an increase in your electric. If you are on city then there is a cost every time you run it. Who pays that bill?
You dig out, replace with crushed run, gravel, some type of rock base of a size and suitable for your type of soil. Soils are different from region to region. All of that needs leveled and compacted. Then use determines the top footing and if you need a layer of something between base and top.
Equipment would be an excavator, tractor, bucket, blade, laser level.... Not the typical small farm or lawn type equipment. A harrow or drag of some sort to maintain it.
If it is not level or there is a drainage issue then yes you could be replacing dirt or not able to ride if if holds water.
A regulation dressage arena is 66 x 198 feet. A small one like I have is 66 x 132 feet. A small non discipline specific is 60 x 120 feet. Not big enough for dressage. Reining would be 100 x 200 feet at a bare minimum. Same for a small jump course. Barrel racing I think is 130 x 200 feet if I remember what my friend had put in for her nieces.