Building a riding arena

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  1. CarlisleChipper

    CarlisleChipper Senior Member+

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    Cross fencing is removed. Unearthing railroad ties, easy to do since they're rotted. I found she buried wire fencing to keep her dogs from digging out. That'll be fun to dig up. May need some chains on my expedition for that.
     

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    A lady I knew found a whole row of t-posts in her pasture, all broken off about 2 inches from the surface of the ground.

    Probably the person who sold the property to her, went out and just bent the posts back and forth until they broke off just above the ground. They were concealed by the grass. The mower on the tractor was set high enough that it didn't hit them. Otherwise their mower blades would have broken off when they hit the stubs of those posts, and flown all over the place. Probably would have hit the kids or their dogs.

    As it was the horses just kept coming up with 'mysterious' cuts on their heels, abscesses and bruises on the soles of their feet.

    I can't even imagine how much 'depraved indifference' it would take to break off posts like that, knowing someone is going to put animals in that pasture.

    It taught me a lesson, though, I never assume a field is free of debris or 'history.' It's amazing what you can uncover when you go to clean an area up.
     
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    I've gotten the go ahead from hubby to pay to have the rest of my arena built professionally. That means legit packed base and arena footing. And yes, I *am* being bought off from him being in the dog house for a while. #noshame He offered to buy me a new horse and I was like... I'd just like to ride the one I have... you know... the one I bought 3 weeks ago. HAH!

    "Dear husband, do you know what costs as much as a horse? ... finishing my riding arena..."
     
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    Got my first quote. $29,000 :eek2::faint::rofl:
    Someone offered to grade it for $750
    and then someone else said to disc it and drag it repeatedly.
     
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    Not surprised at all....

    That money would be better spend buying a tractor with a loader and possibly some implements.
     
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    We had our clubs arena redone last year. It cost $50,000+ The base was redone using old and new materials, all new footing. We went cheap on footing since its an all weather arena used by many disciplines (just river sand). A major step up from the disgusting silt that it was. Anyway, the labor charges are insane. We live very rural so everything is more expensive and our options are limited.
     
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    That's exactly what I said about getting a tractor for that price. Which I intend to do
     
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    We have a TR3 drag for our arena. Its great!
     
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    So! I've been able to get more work done on the arena. I was going to have someone shred it and apply chemicals to kill the vegetation but I never got around to it. Which is fine because the first freeze did all that work for me for free. :applaud:

    I did the following work in one evening, and then the following day. I removed all barbed wire from the existing fencing, I moved railroad ties to form the start of where a fence will go to close off the area to the light pole. I moved all of the cattle panel fencing to the area by the light pole, will utilize that for the fence there. That was me dragging each panel all the way across the arena. :faint:
    My kids and I removed all the melon weeds, mostly me though - of course. Also, "you should try to just ride your horse in there and see how he does with the existing footing!" This is like mario cart on crack and these aren't banana peels they're bowling balls of destruction.
    Then I mowed with my ride on mower which was cheaper than paying someone to shred. I probably need new blades now but whatever it got the job done! I'm going to post this and then add photos because my phone sometimes refreshes and erases everything I've typed.
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    That house is not mine, neither is anything to the right of the photo on the other side of the fence. A privacy fence will be built along that side by the trailer house. It's an eyesore that has encroached onto my property line.

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    These are the weed melons! Not a watermelon. These go to the chickens and that pig that comes to visit from the neighbor. I bought a new wheelbarrow for this task.

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    You can see there the line of railroad ties to block off where the light pole is. Next is some panoramic shots of the entire arena
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    And this I added just for fun. The entrance to my property after I cut back the plumbago.


    On another note - husband was communicating to me that he wants to spend more time together. He is jealous of my horse and all my other animal husbandry tasks. What to me is basic responsibilities of living on a farm is to him that I would rather do tasks then spend time with him. Well in all honesty I do find my tasks therapeutic. The difference between a farm girl and not a farm boy. Anyways, I offered up several ideas to help spend more time with him. But the winner was "I would have a LOT more time to spend with you if I didn't have to trailer out to ride!" and he had a moment. :idea: He said I should be a salesman. And agreed with me. So that means I'm much closer to finishing my riding arena because now there is something in it for him. Which is more of me. So, I call that a win and it's almost tax return time which will make this expenditure a little easier to swallow. Still at an estimate of 7 to 8 grand to finish it. But hey, I did all of the preparation for it MYSELF.
     
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