Teaching equestrian sports takes a lot of discipline and practice, for the teacher, the student and the horse. But practice can be challenging during certain times of the year, especially when it snows in the winter, rains in the spring, and thunderstorms in the summer. Fortunately, there is something you can do to be able to give your students lessons no matter what the weather conditions are—build an indoor riding arena! Pre-engineered metal buildings are ideal for this! Here are a few must-haves to consider so you can get the most out of your future indoor riding arena.
The footing is the most important part of the arena as far as your horses are considered. And your students will feel more comfortable when the footing for the arena is installed correctly. The surface needs to be completely flat, with no holes or changes in the slope. To do this, hire an excavation service instead of trying to do it yourself. Cover the base with the equestrian footing material of your choice. However, avoid ones that create a lot of dust. You don't want to have the interior of the indoor riding arena filled with a dusty haze.
A French drain system around the perimeter of the building will be necessary to prevent groundwater from accumulating underneath your indoor riding arena, which could cause depressions and holes in the riding surface. The last thing you'll want to have happen is for your horse to step into a hole and take a tumble with a young student on board.
It's a good idea to have open walls in the metal building of your facility. That way, your students and horses can be in fresh air when training and working up a sweat. But since there may be times when you would rather have complete shelter from the weather, it's a good idea to have walls that slide open to let however much fresh air in as you'd like.
One of the best things about using a pre-engineered metal building is that they are great for pest prevention. The reason is because rodents are unable to chew through metal and bees will not be able to bore into the structure. However, there may still be a chance that birds will get into the facility, especially if you keep the doors and/or walls open regularly. One preventative measure you can take against a bird infestation is to install decoys, such as of owls or snakes. Use metal decoys that can be welded directly onto the interior framing of the structure.
For lighting the interior during the day, consider installing skylights in the roof. Even though sunlight can get through the open doors and walls, it can still be a bit darker in the middle of the arena if there is no additional lighting. Your students will likely feel more comfortable while riding when they have plenty of light, especially if they are young and/or new to the experiences of being around horses and riding.
If you want to ride in the evenings or give lessons in the dark, use solar-power instead of having to run electrical cables to the arena. The tiles for the solar power system can be installed directly onto the roof in between the skylights. Alternatively, the panels can be placed on the ground beside the arena or near it. Since you may be in the middle of a lesson when the sun starts going down for the day, it's a good idea to have this solar-powered lighting kicked on by a sensor or a timer.
For more information and options for your metal building arena, talk with a company that supplies pre-engineered metal buildings, such as Commercial Industries Company Inc..Share
28 June 2016
I have always loved baseball, and when the world series arrives each year, I enjoy inviting my friends over to watch the games. As our family grew, it became difficult for all of our guests to fit in our living room. We decided that we needed a dedicated "man cave" in our home, but we didn't have an extra room to build it in. We thought long and hard about how we could add it, but we finally decided to turn our garage into the man cave and have a carport built onto our home to park our cars under. I have always been interested in learning more handy-work, so I enjoyed watching the contractors build both the man cave and car port. I thought I would start a blog to share what I learned during the building process to help other homeowners!