am looking for information on building an outdoor riding arena. I have a
leveled out a spot 170' x 70'. My question is what size boards to use.
I am using railroad ties for the posts. Should I use 2x6's? What do
you recommend? I don't plan on turning horses loose in it. I
want a riding arena and eventually set up for a trail horse class.
My posts will be 10 foot apart. I was thinking on using 10' 2x6's. B
For a riding arena you need a visual
barrier more than a strong physical barrier, so either 2 x 6 or 2 x 8 boards would
work. And you really only need one or two rails, between 36" and 54"
The problem with spanning a 10' space
with a 10' long 2 x 6, or even 2 x 8, is that the board might warp and twist.
It would be better to space the posts 8' apart and then span two spaces with 16'
long boards. That way each board is attached to three posts and would stay
An option worth considering is
HTP (High Tensile Polymer) fence used with you RR tie posts. It consists
of high tensile wire encased in polymer webbing which makes up rails of
various widths. HTP is comparable in price to wood rails and would likely
be more cost effective in the long run, because you would never have to paint
it or treat it. The posts could be spaced 10' or even wider with HTP.
Below is a website where you can investigate this type of fencing, along with
the addresses of two manufacturers who can help you find a local dealer for pricing.
Centaur HTP Fence Systems
2802 E. Avalon
Muscle Shoals AL 35661-3749
Hiteck Enterprises, Inc.
615 Howard St.
option is to use 10' long vinyl covered boards, which would not twist
warp, and would never need painting. However, they are quite expensive.
Here's a company that makes vinyl
4032D North Jackson
PO Box 210