Have you been contemplating whether adding an indoor arena to your property is worth the investment? We’ve got the answer for you – it is! Here are some of the biggest advantages of an indoor arena that you can’t afford to ignore.
Increased Lesson Income
Do you live in a climate with harsh winter weather? When the ground freezes and the snow flies, you probably lose out on valuable lesson income. Installing an indoor arena means that lessons can go on, rain or shine. If you’re wondering how much you lose out on cancelled lessons each winter, keep a journal and record every lesson that is missed due to inclement weather. We bet that the total at the end of the season will be eye-opening.
Ability to Charge a Higher Board Rate
If you’re running a boarding operation, the addition of an indoor arena can instantly make your operation more valuable and appealing to boarders. When you are able to offer amenities like an indoor arena, you can charge a higher board rate, and boarders will be willing to pay it. An indoor arena is an excellent investment for any boarding operation.
Better Preparation for Spring Show Season
When you lose out on riding time during the winter because of bad weather, you’re at a disadvantage during the first shows of the spring season. You and your horse will have had limited time to get into shape, and you’ll be competing against horses and riders who have had the advantage of an indoor arena through the winter. An indoor arena allows you and your horse to continue your training, leaving you better prepared for the upcoming show season and giving you a better shot at the ribbons.
Valuable Turnout Option
The paddocks are thick with mud or slick with ice, and the horses are tired of being cooped up in their stalls. When the weather just won’t cooperate, an indoor arena can serve as a valuable turnout option. While you won’t be able to offer every horse all-day turnout in the arena, having an indoor arena can mean that you are able to rotate the horses out for brief times so that they can stretch their legs.
If you do use your indoor arena for turnout, make sure that you take measures to preserve the footing. Clean up manure promptly, and try to avoid feeding hay, since it could get mixed into your arena footing. If you must feed hay, then consider bringing a stall mat into the arena and feeding hay from a hay net above the mat.
If you are considering building an arena on your property, give us a call – we’d be happy to discuss our pen and arena products with you!
Original Source: Advantages of an Indoor Arena That You Just Can't Ignore