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Construct a Riding Arena

How to construct an all Weather Riding Arena

These general guidelines and specifications offered by FLP are as part of our ongoing customer service by our company and in conjunction with any manufacturer recommendations ultimate responsibility on type of installation required, material application and all works undertaken remains the full responsibility of the contractor and/or land owner.

Ground conditions may and vary remember, excellent ground drainage is imperative to determine the success of a riding surface otherwise it may puddle or freeze. Choose a good experienced and knowledgeable ground contractor remember, they are usually booked up well in advance.

We recommend that the correct FLP geotextile membrane is applied between your drainage stone and your chosen riding surface. (Law of gravity is that stones usually rise to the surface which will eventually led to problems. A blinding or top layer of sand also does not prevent stones from washing to the surface merely delays it over the short term.

Ensure that the correct FLP geotextile is specified, we recommend that the membrane is "feltly" in appearance, which allows the riding surface of choice to bed-down properly. (As opposed to a smooth material which would not allow the surface to settle and could possible cause problems for horse and rider.)

To work out how much volume of any FLP woodfibre you need simply to calculate for a standard riding arena 20m x 40m input 20 x 40 x .250 = volume of 200 cubic metres or for a 30m x 50m input 30 x 50 x .250 = you have your volume of 375 cubic metres etc. FLP recommend that the woodfibre surface is kept at the industry recommended depth, ensure it has an uncompressed delivered surface depth of 250mm/10" which will compress to the required working surface of 150-175mm/6-7" ie. for a standard 20m x 40m arena this would be 200 cubic metres of any woodfibre surface.

Remember due to the aggressive impact/wear from horses hooves to the riding surface, any less volume may cause the hooves to scuff and eventually cause irreparable damage to the FLP membrane. More seriously, your horses may start experiencing leg or back problems as the riding surface does not have enough volume to protect them from the possible jarring injuries from the drainage stone beneath.

If the arena is being specifically designed for a jumping or dressage applications remember, when the horse lands from a jump, the impact on landing surface, increases the higher the jump so the correct riding surface depth must be chosen with care to protect horse,rider and FLP separator membrane.

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