Metal Indoor Riding Arena
Serious equine professionals know that training a horse is hard work. The Hollywood representation of a ranch hand wrestling a bronco into submission, throwing a saddle on, and riding off into the sunset could not be farther from reality. In truth, it can take months to train a horse to accept a harness and saddle, much less a rider. While a trainer is working with a horse, the last thing she and the animal need are distractions. Whether it is traffic noise, low flying planes, or other horses in the area, unwanted interruptions can break the flow of the training, costing both time and money. An indoor riding arena totally reduces the diversions present in the outdoor environment, allowing both horse and trainer to concentrate on the business of training.
What is an Indoor Riding Arena?
An indoor riding arena is simply a training ground under a protective roof, sometimes with enclosed walls. It can be as plain or as elaborate as your budget and space allow. Our steel indoor riding arena packages can be custom designed for whatever type of training you specialize in, be it barrel racing, jumping, or show.
If you need more privacy or protection from the elements, steel sidewalls can be easily added to your indoor riding arena. If you want to take advantage of your area’s natural breezes for extra ventilation, retractable sidewalls or heavy, weather-resistant curtains can be incorporated into the design.
Bring your facility up to date with a custom-designed indoor riding arena complete with bleachers, elevated judging stands, modular stalls, and storage.
Indoor riding arenas are typically 60′ wide, and up to 120′ long. For training that involves speed and distance, like barrel racing, an 80′ x 200′ space is more suitable. Whatever size you choose, the advantage of building with steel is that your clear-span area has virtually no limits. Adding tack rooms, stalls, classrooms, and an office will of course increase the size of building you need.
The underside of a steel roof can be insulated with vinyl-backed fiberglass batts or sprayed with a polyurethane foam insulation to deaden the noise of hailstorms or pounding rain. Steel panel sidewalls can also be insulated against noise and radiant heat, to help lower the ambient air temperature and noise level inside your arena.
The floor of your arena can be covered with any material you choose. Unlike a factory building or garage, it does not have to be concrete. Sand, topsoil, even artificial turf can be used, depending on the type of horses you are training. By having your riding surface under cover, you control the condition of the material, not Mother Nature. Large, poured concrete blocks called piers are used to anchor the support columns, eliminating the need for a conventional floor. If you incorporate stalls, storage, and offices, you may of course have a hard floor in those areas.
Our custom-built steel indoor riding arena packages cost between $5-$25 or more per square foot for steel only, depending on the size of the arena and extras, like bleachers, sidewalls, and buildouts.
Again, this depends on the type of horses you are training. Roping, barrel racing and draft horse training typically need a roof no more than 16′. If you are training jumpers or dressage mounts that rear up or clear medium size hurdles, then ceiling heights of 18′ to 20′ are more practical. If ceiling fans and over head lighting is installed, or you need catwalks for camera equipment over the riding surface, then you will need a few more feet.
5 Signs You Need an Indoor Riding Arena
With an indoor riding arena, you control the environment. No more lost training days due to rain, snow, or shorter winter daylight hours.
3 Ways to Make Money with an Indoor Riding Arena
Like any other property improvement, building and running an indoor riding arena can cost money and a lot of it. Here are a few ways you can help offset some of your operating costs, providing you do not run afoul of local codes and your insurance company allows.
1. Rent out your arena to local Scout groups, FFA and 4H for functions.
Provide a space for youth groups to earn their equine merit badges or practice for upcoming shows.
2. Sell advertising space on the inside and outside walls, even the roof.
If you are in a high-traffic area, selling add space or taking goods-in-kind trade will save you some cash at the feed store.
3. Rent out stall space, or store agricultural equipment during the off-season.
Horse boarding space in a clean, new building can be a good revenue stream. Local Veterinarians may want to rent clean stalls for animals in recovery and be able to monitor their recovery in a controlled environment.