Tell me about cover-all arenas (Dreaming of building a barn on a budget)
I'm just curious about everyone's opinions on the cover-all arenas. I have yet to do much research on them but I am sure all of you on here have some opinions on them and will provide me with much more advice than a google search!
How is the ventilation?
How well do they hold up?
Any other suggestions on ways to build/run a farm on a budget?
We have a coverall at the barn I board at and it is really quite decent to ride in. Pros: it is always really bright, even on cloudy days, it feels very airy, one end is open and one is 1/3 mesh so there is great ventilation, it feels like you're riding outside, it was shipped to the barn with a crew to construct it and they were done in two days. Cons: when it's windy and rainy it is loud and creaky, they can be as long as you want but there is some limitation on width, because of all the ventilation the footing tends to dry out quickly after watering, we live on the PNW so cold and snow is not really an issue, but I think it would be quite cold and as mentioned, snow sliding off is loud. There is also a little bit of condensation on certain days. I also think they're uglier than regular arenas.
All in all not a bad option at all though and I think many of the problems with them have equivalent problems with traditional types of arenas.