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HOW TO BUILD THE PERFECT ARENA

At CornerStone we can build horse arenas to suit any budget, we take great pride in the creation of an arena to suit your needs. Whether it be for dressage, show jumping or a safe all round riding surface, we can install the perfect arena for you.

Location

Once you have decided on the dimensions of your arena, site location is extremely important. To reduce your costs when building you will want to locate an area on your property that requires minimal excavation. Also it is better to site it on elevated land so that you can minimise the amount of rain water flowing onto the arena. Also look for locations that will allow your arena to run north to south so you can maximise the eastern and western sun exposure. This will allow more riding time as well as better drying after rainfall


Drainage

Having the correct drainage will be the difference in having an all weather arena or something that resembles a lake in wet weather. Drainage remains as one of the biggest problems in as poor drainage leads to inconsistent footing which can pose a safety hazard to horse and rider.


Base

It is important to get the base right as the cost of fixing it, afterwards is substantial  with the need to pull up the footing. You need to start with a good sub base and build from that. This allows for a good compacted layer to prevent lower materials from coming through. If you have a soft base or it breaks down and migrates up into the footing you will have an unstable base.


Footings

Sand is the most important aspect in footings, but not all sand is suitable for arenas. Choosing the wrong sand can create problems .

Particle gradation or particle size is the most important factor. Gradation is the representation of different sized particles and the percentage of each size within the sand. This affects how much the sand compacts or remains loose.
Particle shape is the second most important factor. This affects stability under foot. Round particles creates voids, which offers cushioning, however, they are typically unstable and can roll like ball bearings. This makes the surface unstable as it shifts around. Angular particles have sharp edges and fit together tightly. They have the tendency to over compact and firm up. Sub angular particles are the idea shape for healthy performance. They will nest while allowing some movement.


Maintance

The main purpose of maintenance is to ensure that the surface is evenly distributed across the whole arena. Arena maintenance includes keeping the surface level, consistent through regular grooming or dragging and water application. Your grooming schedule will depend on your arena traffic and conditions


Picking your location
Picking your location

Arena design
Arena design

HOW TO BUILD THE PERFECT ARENA


Site prep and planning
Site prep and planning

Material selection
Material selection

Construction
Construction

Arena fencing
Arena fencing