Though many towns have arenas where calf ropers, barrel racers or cutters can practice, they can be expensive. It also takes time to drive to and from the arena so many people build their own. Building your own rodeo arena will take some time and effort. Following are the necessary steps on how to build a rodeo arena:
Find an area on your property that is relatively flat. You will need to allocate an area of about 150 feet by 240 feet, which are the dimensions of the standard rodeo arena. If you need more room allow for more space. If you have any obstructions in the selected area like brush or trees, you will need to remove them.
Next, study the soil. The ground will need to drain properly when it rains. Better drainage will allow for a more solid ground. This will make it sturdier for riding your horse around in it. If you determine that the ground needs to be drained, hire a professional to do it.
Your next consideration is the base substances that you will use. Clay is often used as a base for building rodeo arenas. After that, gravel is added to the clay which is then covered with sand; and topped off with lime. Hopefully, these materials are available in your area. If not, you may need to have them delivered from another town.
Sand is primarily used as the top layer because it drains easily and doesn't create as much dust. While you are spreading your various materials, make sure that you really compact each layer. The top layer needs to be thick enough to absorb the impact from your horse. This will help protect the horse's legs from the harder substances underneath the sand.
The next step is to build a fence around your rodeo arena. Wood, vinyl or wood are recommended. Livestock panels are popular but also very expensive. You must decide which material works best for your situation.
You'll want to hang a couple gates at the opposite ends of your rodeo arena for easy access. You can also install chutes and pens if you have the need for them.
If you need help there are consultants available that can help you through the process. Your main concern is to make a safe riding place for you and your horse. If your horse slips you can both be injured.