I thought y'all might be interested in following the process of me building a riding arena on my farm. I bought this farm a year ago. It's 7.5 acres of horse property, with most of it being used to grow and cut coastal hay which we've continued to do. I found a suitable place to put the arena that doesn't sacrifice our private hay cutting operation. Here is a Google satellite image. There is perimeter fencing (that could use an update for safety and aesthetic reasons) but there was also a lot of cross fencing which made it into 4 different paddocks. The previous owner bred dogs so she used these areas and therefore each one had a big dog house in it as well as hot wire ran along the bottom. This is one paddock. You can see the cross fencing. The 2nd paddock, also in this corner is a light pole from the power company. So I'll have to round out this corner to not put the light pole in the arena. I have the light turned off, but it's a pretty bright street lamp which would be excellent for a lighted arena at night. The 3rd paddock. I've been working on it here and there late in the evening when it isn't very hot, for several weeks now. So far I've removed 90% of the cross fencing on my own utilizing a t post puller and wire cutters from tractor supply. The t posts have been easy to remove, the small wood posts are TERRIBLE to remove... the giant thick wood posts came out very easily but I struggle to move them once they're out. YES I am doing this on my own without the help of husband or his strength. I had gotten some estimates to have this work done for me and it was approximately $4,000 for fence removal and leveling. So to save money I am doing as much as I can by myself. The fences are out, but the fence panels still need to be moved out of the arena and put away, same for the wire fencing that's rolled up. I have people coming today to pick up the dog houses and larger building. I am letting it go for free as they are bringing their own equipment to move it, Doing us both a service. Since the fencing is down and I'll have these houses gone I will have to bring my herbicide guy in to treat the arena with chemicals to kill the grass and weeds. My plan is to kill everything growing (except the large shade trees I envisioning myself taking a break underneath during the warm months) and then take everything up as best as I can. Then I will have someone with a skid steer level it out for me and take it down a few inches to get to just the dirt to remove the dead roots and weeds. Then finally drag the clean slate and hopefully have a suitable riding arena. As some of you might know, coastal grows in loamy sand places. The footing of my entire property is likened to beach sand. I am hoping to get away with not having to amend my footing at all. But I do appreciate the need for safe ground for jumping so I absolutely will amend if needed and have already priced it out. The person with the skid steer is estimating about $750 worth of work, and my herbicide guy charges $50 an acre. We will also be installing a privacy fence on one wall of the arena because some unsightly trailers decided to encroach my property line and cause an eye sore. Future projects include replacing the perimeter fence, amending the footing, more lighting, etc. As it is now I do not have a place to ride on my property so this is exciting for me. My barn I ride at is 15 minutes down the highway and we trailer out. I will post updates of the progress and maybe tonight take more photos showing the fences are down and those buildings are gone. Any tips are welcomed but please keep it positive and encouraging!