Any equestrian knows that an indoor arena is an asset. An indoor riding arena allows the rider to work with his horse in all kinds of weather, and protects the arena surface from the ravages of weather. Horses need, and are more comfortable with, a lot of room. A covered riding arena provides just that for the horse and the rider, making an indoor arena an ideal choice for equestrian activities, especially during the wetter months. Once an equestrian decides that he wants to build an indoor arena, he should consider steel as a building material.
Steel has many advantages for an indoor riding arena. It is a lightweight and strong material, so it is able to withstand the harsh temperature extremes found in the Australian climate without warping like wood will. That same strength means that steel riding arenas need less space for support columns, leaving more room for riding space, something both riders and horses will enjoy. In addition, steel’s light weight saves the arena builder money on both freight and labour costs, allowing him to afford a larger arena than he would otherwise. Steel arenas can be insulated, which helps regulate the temperature inside the building in the winter and summer, again keeping both the horse and the rider more comfortable. Steel also is much less likely to be attacked by termites than wood is, further lengthening the indoor arena’s life.
Steel riding arenas are pre-designed to the purchaser’s specifications, and are shipped packaged to be ready for construction immediately, making assembly much easier. The pre-design of such riding arenas allows all of the purchaser’s needs to be considered and met, whether the purchaser’s chief concern is space, protection from the weather, the durability of the arena once it is built or something else.
A well built can provide the true equestrian fan, and his horse, with riding pleasure many years into the future. It is an option that any equestrian considering building an indoor arena should consider carefully.