Steel Riding Arenas = Column-Free Riding!
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Maintain climate control and ideal riding conditions year round with an energy efficient steel arena. Pre-engineered steel is weather and fire resistant and protects against rotting, mold, mildew, and pests.
An eco-friendly choice, steel arenas are expandable and easy to erect. Enjoy unlimited design options and warranties of up to 25 years. Plus, steel arenas will save you up to 40% in building and insurance costs!
Detailed below are some of the most important features and benefits associated with modern metal arena buildings:
The riding arena is one of the most important elements of any equestrian facility. This is where your beloved horses are trained. This is where they will spend a good deal of their lives working with you. It only makes sense that you would want an arena that provides the ideal combination of security, comfort, and value. These are the very things in which Pre-engineered Steel Buildings excel. Consider a few of the advantages:
In addition to the advantages listed above, the pre-engineered steel riding arena provides two other benefits that a stick-built or pole-barn structure could never even come close to.
By its very nature, a riding arena must be open. Nothing makes proper training more difficult than obstacles such as columns and posts standing in the way. Today’s modern steel buildings have been engineered to eliminate these obstacles. Using a structural system called clear-span, an entire building can be supported by its outside walls. Not only does this create the ideal climate for horse-training, but it also eliminates shadows and makes for a spook-free environment. And these wide-open arenas are completely safe and secure due to the stability that is engineered into them.
Two other problems created by the use of lumber in arena construction become non-issues when steel is used for the structure. These involve the use (or non-use) of pressure-treated lumber and the problem of chewing or cribbing that is common with some horses. According to horse arena authority Robert Malmgren, for the boards running along the walls at the floor line, “untreated, unpainted lumber is best.” By way of explanation he continues, “I don’t like using any chemicals in an arena. If horses are turned out, they can gnaw on the boards.”1
Even with improved pressure-treating methods being used today, treated lumber is still full of chemicals. Not only can these leach into the surrounding environment, but they are also prone to off-gassing and they are poisonous to consume. The dilemma that this creates is that using untreated lumber in areas that are susceptible to chewing or cribbing, as Malmgren recommends, opens these boards up to mold, mildew, rot, pest infestation, and fire damage. So using wood framing components puts the owner into the unenviable position of having to choose the lesser of two evils.
The use of steel building components completely eliminates these issues. In fact, not only does steel solve the treated/untreated lumber conundrum, it also makes the entire problem of chewing and cribbing moot since horses will not chew on steel.
1 From the book, Horse Stable and Riding Arena Design, by Eileen Fabian Wheeler, January 2006.