all-metal riding arena

6 Benefits of an All-Metal Riding Arena

Whether you’re an equestrian into western, dressage, reigning, or jumping, an all-metal riding arena provides a durable and low-maintenance option. Unlike wood, metal arenas do not require regular painting or staining to maintain their appearance, affording more riding time and less maintenance. Metal arenas can be designed with various architectural styles and finishes to complement your property’s aesthetic.

An all-metal riding arena, often constructed using steel, can offer several benefits for equestrian enthusiasts, including:

  • Quick Construction
  • Customization
  • Longevity
  • Cost-Effective
  • Low Maintenance
  • Resale Value

Quick Construction 

Metal riding arenas can be assembled faster than traditional materials like wood or concrete. Prefabricated metal components are manufactured off-site, meaning that much of the work is done before the steel shows up at the job site, then it is assembled on-location. This reduces the construction timeline, whereas other materials depend on ideal weather conditions before work can proceed.


Metal riding arenas can be customized to meet specific needs by choosing the size, shape, and layout best suited to your riding requirements. Additionally, features like stalls, viewing areas, or storage spaces within the metal structure can be easily added. 

You can choose various colors and finishes to match your facility’s aesthetic. Metal arenas can also include skylights and ventilation systems, which can help regulate temperature and improve air quality for horses and riders.

Metal structures can be engineered to have wide clear-span spaces to cover large areas without many interior support columns. A clear-span and high ceiling design allows for unobstructed riding space, improving airflow, safety, and convenience.


Metal structures are known for their strength and longevity. They can withstand weather conditions without deterioration, including rain, heavy snow, high winds, and sun exposure. Metal is a non-combustible material, making it less susceptible to fires than wood or other materials, enhancing the safety of riders and their horses. Additionally, steel is ductile, allowing it to bend considerably before breaking, making steel riding arenas earthquake-resistant

This durability means that your riding arena can serve you well for many years with minimal maintenance. Knowing that the arena is built to last can provide facility owners and riders peace of mind.


Pre-engineered metal structures have faster construction times and reduced labor costs. Additionally, metal arenas’ durability and low maintenance requirements lead to future savings on repairs and replacements. 

Low Maintenance

Metal riding arenas typically require less maintenance than other construction materials. They won’t rot, warp, or decay like wood and are less susceptible to pests and fire. Metal riding arenas can be repaired, painted, or patched without requiring large building sections to be replaced. Regular inspections and minor upkeep are usually sufficient to keep an arena in good condition.  

Resale Value

An all-metal riding arena adds value to those looking for a horse property. An indoor arena provides a controlled environment that eliminates outside distractions, gives superior footing to horses, and allows riding in all types of weather—all big bonuses for horse properties. Prospective buyers will appreciate the durability and versatility of a well-designed and well-maintained metal arena, whether they use it for riding, storage, or other uses.

SmartBuild Systems Makes Building All-Metal Arenas Even Easier

Proper engineering, design, and construction techniques will ensure that your arena is safe, functional, and can withstand environmental conditions. Overall, metal riding arenas are an excellent structure for equestrians looking for a low-maintenance, customizable, and durable option for their facility. With all these benefits, it’s no wonder steel structures are so popular for riding arenas! 

SmartBuild Systems is the construction industry’s only complete design system for pole barn and metal buildings, roofing, and re-roofing. Simple enough for anyone to use, this web-based software quickly generates a 3D model, material lists, pricing, proposals, and construction documents for almost any post-frame building, metal structure, or roof.

Get in touch with SmartBuild Systems today to learn how much easier it will be to design your next riding arena using our metal building design software.