Make your own Menage...

Discussion in 'Money Saving Ideas, Tips and Remedies' started by Danyele, May 20, 2006.

  1. Danyele

    Danyele My 'lil prince...

    Well, My mum is trying to persuade my stepdad to let us take a leeeeetle tiny weeny bit of his land to turn into a menage. does anyone have an Idea how much it will cost? we don't want anything posh, no floodlights or anything, just a simple outdoor sand school.

    Oh, and what dimensions are your average schools?
  2. Danyele

    Danyele My 'lil prince...

  3. Danyele

    Danyele My 'lil prince...

  4. claire louise u

    claire louise u New Member

    you should ask JOHNB he has just built his own menage, there is a picture on DUMMER&DRUMMERS thread from yesterday:)
  5. chickflick1066

    chickflick1066 New Member

    Our menage is 20 x 40, we used logs from around the yard to make the perimeter, old fencing (with a bit of new fencing) as the fences and then hired a digger to help distribute a ton of free shavings we got.

    Our menage cost about £100 mainly for the margin of new fencing we got and hire costs of the digger.

    It took a long time but we had lots of help ;)
  6. Danyele

    Danyele My 'lil prince...

    Thanks! we've NEARLY persuaded him, but you know what farmers are like!

    and are you working in feet or meters? sorry!
    Last edited: May 20, 2006
  7. Ross

    Ross New Member

    Sorry, can't help about the costs, but make sure you get the drainage sorted out - it'll probably cost a bit extra but will be well worth it. There is nothing worse than water logged sand to try and work on...

  8. Danyele

    Danyele My 'lil prince...

    Thanks Ross, We'll bear that in mind!
  9. teapot

    teapot New Member

    average size I would say would be 40 by 20m - although could be interesting if you were wanting to jump big and long courses.

    40 by 40 would be good
  10. Danyele

    Danyele My 'lil prince...

    thanks teapot- Interesting name;)
  11. Jaimee

    Jaimee New Member

    It really depends what end of the scale you want to do it on. Is the land completely flat or slightly sloping?? If it's got a slope to it you probably wont have to worry about draining, unless your soil is really heavy. If it is completely flat you should get drainage dug into it unless you never have a mud problem on the land you have.

    To get it done properly you need a compacted base (crusher dust or similar) Then your riding surface ontop. Be warned though if you jump on it you may dig up the base and ruin the surface. But an arena done properly should last ages as long the weeds are kept clear.

    Your other option is go for a cheaper one, just have the bare minimum of what you can get away with. Then you can pay less but resurface it every few years. This one you cuold probably jump on a little if you dig it up every now and then to resurface.

    I'm sorry I cant help you with pricing. Im on the other side of the world :D
  12. BeachRiding

    BeachRiding New Member

    hmm, 100x 200ft arenas area REALLY nice sizeif you want to do some jumping or reining. Can't help with cost as my instructor's was VERY expensive due to it being of nice quality!
  13. Colonel

    Colonel New Member

    Don't you have to have planning permission where you are?

    Local Point to point/SJ yard down the road from me took 3 years to get planning permission for 20m x 40m all weather arena.
  14. Trewsers

    Trewsers Well-Known Member

    Good thread, as I'll be wanting to build one too soon (ok folks I'll shut up about moving house soon:p :D )!!! Cost is a factor for me - I'd really like the rubber surface but I believe its really expensive. I'll probably have to make do with some cones dotted around in a field to be going on with! Hey, I'm not bothered tho - will have tons of great hacking where we're going to be living. Ok, am really going to stop gloating now.......:D
  15. johnb

    johnb New Member

    I built my own 40x20m school about 5years ago and there is a lot to plan before you start I will give you a rough idea what it cost me I am on clay so there was a lot of drainage to put in here goes
    Planning permission £180
    hire of digger £385 per week
    Fencing £600
    land drains £250
    Crushed concrete 300 tonne @ £11.25 per tonne
    liner £120
    silica sand 120 tonne £12 per tonne
    Hire someone to help me £300 per week
    In all it cost me about £6000
    You have to dig out the base and get it level put the drainage in and fill in with the crushed concrete do not try and skimp on the drainage or base.
    it took us two weeks to complete
  16. Trewsers

    Trewsers Well-Known Member

    Crumbs, I had no idea how much there was involved!!! :)
  17. Danyele

    Danyele My 'lil prince...

    Planning permission £180

    Okay, don't ask me to get all involved in the complicated stuff because I really don't know, but my stepdad, the land owner, says we don't have to have planning permission because of something to do with the business.

    hire of digger £385 per week

    We have our own :)

    Fencing £600

    Do you reckon ranch fencing would be okay? we built the fencing in this pic from our own wood, does it look okay?

    land drains £25

    That means nothing to me, but the land is slightly sloping, but not much??

    Crushed concrete 300 tonne @ £11.25 per tonne
    liner £120
    silica sand 120 tonne £12 per tonne


    Hire someone to help me £300 per week

    theres lots of us at home willing to help... as long as I let them use it!

    Thanks johnb, thats really helpful.

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