Before building your riding arena, it is important to consider the whole layout of your site when deciding where you’d ideally like your arena situated – you don’t want to have to compromise on size or location due to it not fitting in your chosen area.
Another consideration you should make is whether there are any hedgerows or trees close to the arena. Fallen leaves can contaminate your surface if not removed, whilst growing roots can affect foundations. It’s also important to remember that shaded areas, whilst nice during the summer, will take longer to thaw during heavy winter frosts.
An arena can be built on almost any ground, however rocky or boggy areas should ideally be avoided. These types of areas will require more time and financial investment to make them suitable, so it is advisable to opt for an alternative location.
The size of your equestrian arena should be built to suit your individual requirements, however this may be determined or restricted by your chosen location.
The most popular equestrian arena size is 20m x 40m, although dedicated dressage riders may opt for a slightly larger arena, such as a 20m x 60m. If you intend to use your arena for jumping, considerations must be made to the size, as extra width is recommended.
3. Base and Drainage
The base of your equestrian arena is the most important aspect of your build. If not constructed correctly, you are likely to experience drainage issues and the arena surface may not perform at its best. Towards the end of your arena’s life expectancy, only the surface and the fencing should require changing.
Choosing the right surface can be a difficult decision as there are many different opinions available. Each surface has its pros and cons for a variety of different uses and certain factors should be considered when deciding which surface is best for you and your horse.
Day Equestrian manufacture high performing waxed and non-waxed surfaces for training gallops, lunge rings, horse walkers, outdoor sand schools and indoor riding arenas, which are quick and easy to install. Our experienced team are on hand to talk through your individual requirements and recommend a surface suitable for your needs.
5. Planning Permission
Most arena installers handle this process for you, however, if you do need to do this yourself, it’s useful to be aware of the issues that may occur. Planning permission can take up to a few months to be approved and one of the most common areas that can affect planning permission is the lighting. If the lighting affects nearby neighbours or quiet roads then you may have your planning permission request turned down.