How to build a horse riding arena, a guide from our experts

Are you passionate about horse riding and want to enhance your equestrian experience right in the comfort of your property? Our how to build a horse riding arena guide can help you start your project that, when done correctly, will provide you with a safe and enjoyable space for training, exercise, and bonding with your beloved horses.

Why build your own horse riding arena?

Owning a horse riding arena offers a multitude of advantages. From enabling year-round riding regardless of weather conditions to tailoring the arena to your specific needs, it provides an ideal environment for both horse and rider. Imagine honing your riding skills, hosting events, or simply spending quality time with your equine companions – all within the convenience of your premises.

Building a horse riding arena requires careful planning and execution. Our guide on how to build a horse riding arena takes you through the entire process, from initial design to maintaining your new equine space.

The basics of building your horse riding arena

Creating a horse riding arena may seem like a daunting task, but – we’re here to guide you through each step of the process. Here are the essential elements you’ll need to consider:


  1. Location, location, location: Choose a level area with good drainage to avoid water pooling during rainy seasons. The ideal site should be easily accessible and provide ample space for the dimensions of your arena.
  2. Materials and footing: Select suitable materials for the arena’s base and footing. Sand and rubber are popular choices, offering excellent shock absorption and reducing strain on your horses’ legs.
  3. Fencing and safety: Install sturdy perimeter fencing to keep your horses contained and safe. Proper fencing will prevent escapes and protect your animals from potential hazards.
  4. Lighting: Consider installing lighting if you plan to ride during evenings or in low-light conditions. Adequate illumination will ensure your safety and that of your horses.
  5. Drainage: Efficient drainage is essential to prevent waterlogging and maintain the footing’s integrity. Proper drainage systems will help extend the longevity of your arena.

Ultimately, choosing the right surface is key

When building your horse riding arena, choosing the right equestrian surface is the most important decision that you will make. In choosing the right surface type for your horse riding arena, you have a diverse range of options to suit your specific needs. For those seeking a waxed surface, our Equi-Ride Pro-Waxed offers excellent performance with its pro-fibres and stabilising fibres, ensuring a smooth riding experience. Equi-Ride Waxed and Eco-Ride Waxed are equally attractive choices, both providing the benefits of pro-fibres and stabilising fibres, tailored to cater to different preferences and budget considerations.

If you prefer premixed surfaces, the Equi-Ride Pro Pre-mixed Riding Surface is an excellent option, boasting the advantages of pro-fibres and stabilising fibres, engineered to perfection for your horse arena. For a more budget-friendly alternative, the Equi-Ride Pre-mixed Riding Surface and Eco-Ride Pre-mixed Riding Surface remain reliable choices, designed to meet the needs of various equestrian enthusiasts.

Stabilising fibres are another category worth considering, and Sportrack Pro-Fibres leads with outstanding performance and proven results. On the other hand, Sportrack Eco-Fibres offer an eco-conscious option without compromising on quality and stability. Whichever surface type you opt for, rest assured that our range of pro-fibres and stabilising fibres are designed to elevate your horse riding arena use, providing you and your equine companions with an optimal and enjoyable riding surface.

Explore our range to find the perfect fit for your equestrian arena-build aspirations. Learn more about each surface type to make an informed choice that best suits your needs.

How to maintain your newly built horse riding arena

Maintaining your arena is crucial to optimise its performance and longevity. Regular maintenance with an arena grader/leveller is essential for preventing weed and grass growth, which can lead to water retention issues. This versatile tool, designed to be attached to a quad bike or 4×4, simplifies the process by disturbing the top layer of the surface, followed by rolling it flat with the integrated roller. However, caution should be exercised not to disturb the surface too deeply, as this may damage the membrane and cause the surface to become overly loose, affecting riding performance.

Our recommended model of the arena grader/leveller is a proven all-rounder, providing robust quality at an attractive price point. Invest in proper maintenance to ensure your arena offers a safe and consistent riding experience for you and your horses.

Our comprehensive service and support

Building a horse-riding arena requires careful planning and execution. Our team can guide you through the entire process, from initial design to putting the finishing touches. We can cover all aspects of your horse riding arena build, including:

  • Designing the layout and dimensions of your arena.
  • Choosing the right materials for the base and footing.
  • Providing cost estimates and budgeting to suit your finances.
  • Completing the construction process.
  • Ongoing maintenance and care to ensure your arena stands the test of time.


Start building your riding arena today

Building a horse riding arena is a journey best shared. You can contact us to get ideas and seek advice. We can advise on building a horse riding arena for all levels of riders, whether you’re just starting or a seasoned equestrian.

Unleash your passion for horse riding by creating a safe and inviting space for you and your horses. Begin your exciting journey of building a horse riding arena by contacting our highly experienced equestrian building team.