Whether you are looking at a building a new arena or restoring an existing one, RSI can help. Proper planning is a critical part in any size or type of equestrian arena construction. A well designed arena is more than a flat spot with some sand on top of it.

RSI’s consultation will lead you through the process before you begin and we can work within your needs and budget. Construction involves selecting the proper location, grading, preparing the base, selecting the footing, and even working out the plan to include the details to make your arena optimal for you and your horses.

The following are some of the considerations you need to make before constructing an equestrian arena of your own.

What discipline will the arena be used for?

The equestrian discipline often determines the size, type of footing, and characteristics desired for the arena and amenities.

Where is the best location for my arena?

Location is often the key to create an ideal arena. It can determine construction cost, prevent drainage issues, and offer the ideal conditions for training each day.

What size arena should I build?

There are many factors to answer this question. The discipline, budget, location, and more are considered to find the optimal size arena.

What material will work for the sub-base and base of my arena?

The ideal sub-base usually is a soil that is able to provide the foundation of a great arena. Amendments may have to be added to create a sub-base that will last. The base material is usually a compactable fine stone dust or similar material that provides a firm, non-slippery, surface that promotes drainage.

What footing or arena sand is best for my arena?

Sand is the most common material chosen for footing. However, not all sands are created equal. Many have too many fines and create hard, dusty arenas. Others are too coarse and provide loose surfaces that do not support and traction the horses need. Synthetic additives such as crumb rubber, fibers, and polymers add great characteristics will not change poor footing into good footing. When selecting a footing consider its resilience, shear strength, durability, and water retention.

How much does an arena cost?

The cost of arena construction varies depending upon grading, size of the arena, footing, and location. A budget is an important consideration and it is always better to build the arena properly first than to try to get by and add later.

The purpose of a consultation is to gather the answers to the questions above and calculate the best scenario considering each individual’s needs. RSI’s consultant can share information and direct you to the best alternatives to constructing an arena that you will enjoy for a lifetime.