Indoor Arenas

Indoor Riding Arenas

Equine Construction have a wealth of experience when it comes to being an indoor arena builder.  We’ve produced numerous custom designed indoor horse arenas for both commercial and private clients.

Working in partnership with, our sister company, Equine Planning we’re able to assist on every aspect of your journey to create the perfect indoor riding arena.  From location to access, drainage to construction, and surfaces to landscaping.  Whether you’re looking at starting from scratch or converting an existing building, the Equine Construction team will be on hand to support you every step of the way.

Your dream indoor arena could be as simple as a 20 x 40m, or could extend to something much more elaborate with integrated stables and viewing areas.  View our latest projects to explore some of the best indoor arena builds Equine Construction has completed.

Methodology

The construction of an indoor arena is based on a tried and tested methodology.

Firstly, the site is identified and planning permission gained. Secondly, the topsoil is removed down to a suitable sub stratum. Foundations are then dug and concrete poured to accommodate the steel stanchions.  Depending on the type of ground a geotextile membrane will be laid and covered with crushed concrete/stone.  These are then rolled to form a level sub base that will eventually take the new surface. Roof structures are typically fibre cement sheets with 15/20% clear Perspex sheets but where the budget allows a 40mm composite roof will be used.  This allows for as much natural light as possible.

Size

Indoor arenas are built using a steel framed building which can be manufactured to any size depending on personal requirements. Dressage arenas will typically be 60m x 20m or 40m x 20m.  However, jumping arenas will often be wider.

Design

Considerations for the design often include:

  • Clear sheets on the gable ends and clear sheets running in a band under the eaves.  This allows for maximum natural light.
  • an open side above the kick boards.  Similarly, this allows for more natural light but also adds extra ventilation.
  • Cladding comes in many different styles depending on budget and planner’s stipulations.  Typically, steel  cladding sheets in green or brown would be used to floor level or a range of treated softwood claddings in the form of Yorkshire or Castle boarding.
  • Glazing units can also be fitted both in the gable ends and along the long side above the kickboards
  • Internally we offer a choice of kick boards, depending on budget, we can fit hardwood boards, curved wooden kick boards or plastic providing they are 32mm in thickness and have a tongue and grove edge to allow them to securely lock together. We recommend kick boards are sloping for reasons of safety.
  • Ideally kickboards are mounted on a contiuous concrete plinth running around the arena to stop the harrows from damaging the boards

Lighting for your indoor arena is an area worth careful consideration.  We want to create an ambient riding environment that gives enough light to work effectively but one that also reduces the amount of shadows or glare on the arena surface.

LED lighting, while expensive to buy, offers a lower running cost than some alternatives, whilst also offering the best level of artificial light.

In a typical 60 x 20x area you will need 4 lines of 10 lights to give you a light lux level of 200 lumens at ground level.

 

At Equine Construction  we work with a number of leading surface manufacturers, with the aim of providing you with the ideal surface for you and your horses.  In addition to this, we are happy to work with our client’s choice of manufacturer.

The quality of your arena surface is vital to the soundness and comfort of your horse.  Many elements including your discipline and the regularity of use need to be taken into account when choosing your surface.

We recommend pre- mixed silica sand and fibre surfaces.  These are available in various options from un-waxed, lightly waxed, through to the more heavily waxed competition grade surfaces.

For indoor arenas we always recommend the use of a waxed surface unless an irrigation system is used.  The wax helps prevent dust and also prevents excessive movement of the surface.

 

CONSTRUCTION

Methodology

The construction of an indoor arena is based on a tried and tested methodology.

Firstly, the site is identified and planning permission gained. Secondly, the topsoil is removed down to a suitable sub stratum. Foundations are then dug and concrete poured to accommodate the steel stanchions.  Depending on the type of ground a geotextile membrane will be laid and covered with crushed concrete/stone.  These are then rolled to form a level sub base that will eventually take the new surface. Roof structures are typically fibre cement sheets with 15/20% clear Perspex sheets but where the budget allows a 40mm composite roof will be used.  This allows for as much natural light as possible.

Size

Indoor arenas are built using a steel framed building which can be manufactured to any size depending on personal requirements. Dressage arenas will typically be 60m x 20m or 40m x 20m.  However, jumping arenas will often be wider.

Design

Considerations for the design often include:

  • Clear sheets on the gable ends and clear sheets running in a band under the eaves.  This allows for maximum natural light.
  • an open side above the kick boards.  Similarly, this allows for more natural light but also adds extra ventilation.
  • Cladding comes in many different styles depending on budget and planner’s stipulations.  Typically, steel  cladding sheets in green or brown would be used to floor level or a range of treated softwood claddings in the form of Yorkshire or Castle boarding.
  • Glazing units can also be fitted both in the gable ends and along the long side above the kickboards
  • Internally we offer a choice of kick boards, depending on budget, we can fit hardwood boards, curved wooden kick boards or plastic providing they are 32mm in thickness and have a tongue and grove edge to allow them to securely lock together. We recommend kick boards are sloping for reasons of safety.
  • Ideally kickboards are mounted on a contiuous concrete plinth running around the arena to stop the harrows from damaging the boards
LIGHTING

Lighting for your indoor arena is an area worth careful consideration.  We want to create an ambient riding environment that gives enough light to work effectively but one that also reduces the amount of shadows or glare on the arena surface.

LED lighting, while expensive to buy, offers a lower running cost than some alternatives, whilst also offering the best level of artificial light.

In a typical 60 x 20x area you will need 4 lines of 10 lights to give you a light lux level of 200 lumens at ground level.

 

ARENA SURFACE

At Equine Construction  we work with a number of leading surface manufacturers, with the aim of providing you with the ideal surface for you and your horses.  In addition to this, we are happy to work with our client’s choice of manufacturer.

The quality of your arena surface is vital to the soundness and comfort of your horse.  Many elements including your discipline and the regularity of use need to be taken into account when choosing your surface.

We recommend pre- mixed silica sand and fibre surfaces.  These are available in various options from un-waxed, lightly waxed, through to the more heavily waxed competition grade surfaces.

For indoor arenas we always recommend the use of a waxed surface unless an irrigation system is used.  The wax helps prevent dust and also prevents excessive movement of the surface.

 

VIEW SOME OF OUR INDOOR ARENA WORK