Considerations for Your Riding Arena

Considerations for Your Riding Arena - ProDesign - Design Builders Calgary

Many equine enthusiasts dream of adding a covered riding arena to their property. They might teach riding lessons and require a larger space for their students. Or perhaps they just want a space that can help extend their personal riding well into the winter months. Either way, riding arenas create opportunity for riders. Before you begin your build, here are a few factors to take into consideration when working with a design builder to plan out your structure:


There’s nothing like natural light, and that goes for equestrian applications, too. A continuous ridge skylight is one way to help open up the space. In addition, operable louvers can also contribute to the natural lighting of the arena. Keep in mind, however, that glazing on windows should be translucent. This is to avoid creating shadows that might confuse a horse. While the upfront costs of natural lighting may be more than artificial, you will save money in the long run on your utility bill.

Base and Footing

One of the most important elements of any riding arena is the base and footing. The materials used in this portion are key to the health and success of the horses using the space. Experts recommend a 4-inch base of compacted limestone screening. The footing should be a high quality sand or sand mix. The combination of these materials gives your horses traction and shock absorption. Also consider how winter will affect the materials used. Moisture control and proper drainage are both key to a good riding arena. By using materials like crumb rubber, water can evaporate at the surface before forming into ice.

Insulation and Ventilation

Creating a space where you and your horses are comfortable is best achieved through insulation and ventilation. Proper insulation will keep the riding arena cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Ventilation will ensure that these temperatures do not come at the expense of good air quality. Operable louvers, as mentioned above, can help with this. Open doors and windows will add additional ventilation for improved respiratory health.

Your students and horses give you their best every time they ride, give back with a cutting edge riding arena. Our design builders can help you put together a lasting, effective structure that will be in use for years to come. Contact us today for an estimate on your new riding arena!