This is for all of those riders that live in a climate where winter = snow and frozen ground for several months out of the year. I am looking for responses from owners that have horses at home, and a personal indoor (or even just ‘indoors of your barn’ riding area) ring to ride and work horses in, in the winter.
I need some serious advice.
My DH and I are moving from a pretty temperate climate, year round riding, to NW Wyoming. It’s a big climate change re: winter (and summer, but we are looking forward to that!).
We are on a limited budget, and the amount we paid for our little house and 5 acres in Wyoming was more than anticipated, so the indoor arena (basic one, nothing fancy) kind of was lost in all of that.
However, I am having second thoughts,…please give us some advice. PM are fine too.
I would love to/need to know:
why did you decide to build a private indoor for yourself? (re: don’t need boarders to pay for it; your horses were your primary reason for building).
what was your budget and ending price in it all?
Did you build it onto your barn?
Any ‘don’ts or do’s’ for someone thinking about it?
Did you build it at the same time as barn or add on later? Did you build the barn knowing this and how did that affect the barn design?
Please post photos of your indoor,…
At the end of the day, is it worth the $$?
We have an indoor boarding facility 10 miles up the road that allow trailer ins to work in the indoor,…but other than paying a yearly fee (not a problem really) for access to it, you are ‘competing’ for space with boarders, trainers, etc. that all take precedence over you coming in, and in snow storms, I am certainly not going to hook up my trailer and haul my two big guys 10 miles. There is also a limited timeframe you can come in and school, which if it doesn’t coincide with my work schedule, then oh well,…
Also, in snow storms/frozen grounds, I can turn them out in the indoor to move around more.
Am I justified in making that decision for an indoor? I need some good COTH experience here to help us.