If you are just starting to build an arena look at the sand options available in your region of the country. For North Central Florida, I HIGHLY recommend 2 types of sand. One is a clean white fill used for masonry. This should be an overall, evenly distributed depth of about 3" no more!. The other would be a 70/30 or 80/20 sand/clay mix. The clay particles pack a little more and help retain some moisture. The grain is angular and has a better binding quality. It is best to pull off existing soil and have a knowledgeable contractor come in and prepare a base. It should be of a crushed concrete screening material, compacted 4-6”. A 2% grade from center to outside is adequate for proper drainage. Next you would bring in the sand and spread to an evenly distributed 3". Take your square footage (Length X Width) and then divide by 3000. Round to the near whole number and this would be the amount of fiber bales that you would need.
230 X 180=41,400/3000=13.8 round to 14. For calculating cost you’ll have to call to get the current price as raw material prices fluctuate. Freight is also extra. In Florida, sales tax applies. You will still be amazed at how affordable we are compared to the big arena companies. Our specialty is the smaller, private farm owner although we do commercial operations as well. For those on a major budget, it is possible depending on your land drainage and whats under your grass to have a NO BASE arena. I have several clients and I myself have one. This is where the grass is scraped away with as little disturbance to the ground below ("the hard pan") . Then only the top 2" is tilled to be mixed with the fiber. It also depends on how many horses a day ride on it, 4 or less is ok. Call or email and we can talk to see if this is an option. Other important Information: You will need the proper equipment to maintain a fiber surface. A chain harrow will NOT work. There are several on the market. Google Reist Industries, Parma arena groomer, and Drag N Fly. Each have a variety of sizes and prices. You will need something to pull this drag, make sure there is enough horse power to get the job done! A Polaris, gator, ATV, tractor with at least 40hp. MORE important Information You WILL need irrigation to install and then to maintain your arena. Real irrigation. Not a hose with one little sprinkler piddling around in a circle! Think powerful reach, probably zones on a timer, or a water wagon (500+ gallons) or a water wheel (Kifco company). Call when you are ready 352-328-6112 I would love to help. Installs Canterbury Showplace, Newberry Laura Graves Dressage, Apopka, FL (former farm) Katie Ruppel Eventing, Anthony, FL Rocking Horse Stables, Altoona, FL Heather Houck, Wellington FL Julia Jescheke, Wellington, FL Julie Stir Farm, Freeport, FL Clarcona Horseman's Park-Orlando, FL Poulin Dressage Training, DeLeon Springs FL The Grand Oaks Resort, Weirsdale FL Sheik Island Farm, Dade City FL Promise Land Farm, Winter Garden, FL Martin Downs Equestrian Center, Jupiter FL BREC Tyra Vernon, Anthony, FL Golden Ocala, Ocala, FL Divine Harmony Farm, Archer, FL Gregson Farm, Largo, FL Thomas Farm, Eustis, FL Jenna Wyatt Training, Daphne, AL Adsagsona Farm, Ocala Oakmont Equestrian Center, Ocala Zen Hill Farm, Ocala C. Bowers, Ocala, FL Willow South Riding School-Alphretta, GA Southern Cross Farm -Daphne, AL Country Meadow Farm, Crossville, TN Fox Chase Equestrian Community, Aiken, SC Highfields Farm, Aiken, SC Endswell Farm, Archer, FL Top Brass Farm, Williston, FL Shermeyen Farms, Alachua, FL Bier Farms, Valdosta, GA FL Spring Creek Farm, Micanopy, FL Dreamstone Farm, Newberry, FL Valhalla Farm, Wellborn, FL LaSavauge Farm, Ocala Emerald Acres Farm, Ocala, FL Rock Bluff Ranch, Bell FL P. Arn, Callahan, FL G. Dufree Farms Citra FL 3H Equestrian Center, Citra FL Hallet Training, Citra, FL J. Mendalson Farm, Brooksville, FL Sugarmountain South, Ocala Emerald Glen Farm, Newberry, FL Herbert Farm, Newberry, FL Up Country Farm, Morriston, FL Chrissa Hoffman Dressage, Vero Beach, FL Coronach Farm, Morriston, FL Lee Hatcher Jumpers, Little Rock, AR Whippet Run Farm LLC, Ocala, FL Warren Family, Anthony, FL Not to Far Farm, Forest, FL Melissa McMaster Eventing, Citra, FL Bartolotti Farm, Odessa, FL Distinctive Stables, Lutz, FL North Star Farm, Odessa, FL Foster Farm, Palm City FL K. Butler, Ocala, FL Blue Bird Farm, Williston, FL Let us add you to the list!