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  • Coverall Arenas?

    Anyone have a Coverall or another fabric roofed building and/or arena? Do you like it, why or why not?

    Kat
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    Loved it! Rode in sweatshirts in all but the coldest winter days. Hot in summer, but the side flaps on that arena came off in summer and doors at each end kept a breeze blowing. No shadows, which the horses liked. It has needed a bit of tightening over the years, but the BO says it's still doing fine. When it was put up the BO had cement footings done and wooden side walls made. Side flaps went on'off depending on the season and sliding doors at each end and one "people" door. The company sent a crew and all the boarders spent a day getting the fabric over the frame and the crew did the securing. Light and airy . Not much problem with snow sliding off and it's held up through several New England windy winters.

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    • #3
      No, No, No

      Not in TX baby!!! In that humid place, you guys would be arrested for cruelty to animals, if you survived yourself! I think they are pretty well liked in the north and Canada but in TX, I wouldn't have one if they gave it to me and put it up for free..........unless they also offered to totally enclose it and pay for the 24 hour air conditioned bill!

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      • #4
        If they are installed to allow natural air flow in summer then it should be cooler riding inside a tension fabric building than riding outside in direct sun. This requires special roof vents designed into the structure.

        Based on the principle that heat rises, a tension fabric structure with roof vents open and the ends open at the bottom on a hot day would always have cooler air flowing in the bottom and hot air flowing out the top - even on a hot day with no wind.

        http://www.coverall.net/en/

        http://www.clearspan.com/fabric/structures/home

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        • #5
          the heat don't rise in TX in July/Aug

          we were in Ft Worth in July for the paint world one year and horses were dying in trailers with the windows down riding down the road and fans going on the horses before they could arrive to the show grounds. It was horrible, the vets from Colo State had horses that were overheating in their stalls tied in the ICU area (it was air conditioned) and other owners were using some of the arenas for cooling horses off too, because they were also air conditioned. It gets super hot there.

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          • #6
            Rode in one in Atlanta in the spring a few years back. Even the the day was still comfortable the Coverall was warming. Don't know what they had for a vent system.

            Given the cost I'd go for a conventional structure anyplace south of the Mason-Dixson Line. Indeed there you can very frequently go with a cover and eliminate the ventilation problems of an indoor entirely. With our steel cover (over a 20m x 60m working area) we lose, maybe, 30 days per year due to heat and cold.

            Do a LOT of shoping around before you may any decision on an indoor, cover, etc.

            G.
            Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão

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            • #7
              there are all sorts of designs for the fabric covered arenas and all sorts of manufacturers. Last time we checked, it was still about 30% less expensive to do a fabric building than a pole one. But even so, beyond my pocket book. I am waiting on an estimate to build a similar structure to house my trailer, tractor and trucks which hopefully will be installed by the end of January. Estimate should be here Monday. We are looking at something about 36 feet wide and 50 feet long.

              I can see where a fabric covered building with sides to the ground, could get very hot like a greenhouse in a hot climate, but they can be built with practically no sides or with roll up sides and open ends to provide a cross breeze and should be cooler on a sunny day than riding outside. The UV protection would be something I would have to have in any of the sunny southern states. I am a vampire and would turn to smoke in the sun otherwise.
              "The Threat of Internet Ignorance: ... we are witnessing the rise of an age of equestrian disinformation, one where a trusting public can graze on nonsense packaged to look like fact."-LRG-AF

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              • #8
                Professional greenhouse suppliers

                What about asking the professional greenhouse suppliers to give their ideas? I had a catalog from a supplier who provided materials and advice to do it yourself types. The products I got from them worked well. There are shade covers and all sorts of options that aren't in the coverall catalog. If I can find the catalog, I'll post the link.

                I am from Va and my husband is from Lubbock, Texas. I hear stories of tornados, so I don't know if you need a tornado proof building.
                Intermediate Riding Skills

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                • #9
                  My friend (Windfall Farm) in Tallahassee has a huge one as a dressage/riding arena and she also added ten stalls at the end. There are no sides.
                  Everyone LOVES it.....it is COOLER in the summer than the sun for sure!
                  We've yet to have a hurricaine.........that was my one question, but it is guaranteed to 120 mph winds.......
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