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How do I build my riding arena?

The practical how-to guide: Build your own riding arena. We’ll show you how.

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Do you have any questions about your riding arena project? We will be delighted to help you!

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Our products at a glance

The OTTO-PerforatedMat™ for self-built riding surfaces
OTTO-IndoorMats are ideally suited to install yourself
OTTO-StableMat Smart
High-quality OTTO-ARENATEX footing
OTTO ArenaSpan - the sustainable footing with natural equestrian wood chippings.
Special OTTO ArenaTölt footing for Icelandic horses

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Easy and quick installation of the OTTO-StableMat Smart

The handy OTTO-StableMat Smart is so quick and easy to install!

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Now available: more effective and optimised all around - the smart stable mat solution for the horse box!

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Hulda von Tannebene - icelandic horse - horse farm Menzinger
Laid OTTO-StableMats at the stud farm ISSELHOOK
Oliveira Stables - Dressage
Eventer Sophie Leube

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International horse fair

Friedrichshafen, Germany

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Hall: 1 booth: 102

International horse fair

Wiener Neustadt, Austria

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Would you like to find out more about our products, build or renovate a riding arena, plan an equestrian event, require a riding arena planner or help in choosing the right footing? We have already published some of the questions here. We would be happy to discuss your requirements.


The OTTO Arena team is specialised in helping you if you wish to build your own riding arena. We provide installation instructions, valuable tips from experts and, of course, support via telephone, regardless of any questions you may have during your building project. A supervisor can also assist you on site if required.

This will enable you to find out how to construct our riding surface systems in advance.


The OTTO-PerforatedMat™ is a riding arena mat that has been developed specifically for equestrian sports and is suitable for almost all disciplines (dressage, show- jumping, gallop tracks, lunging circle, paddock, etc.). For all other disciplines, including the "Western" riding style, please contact our team for professional advice.


In classic equestrian arena construction with the OTTO-PerforatedMat, we recommend installing the footing with a layer thickness of only 8 – 10 cm, measured from the top edge of the knobs. If, for whatever reason, you do not wish to install the OTTO-PerforatedMat, the footing layer needs to be raised to a thickness of approx. 12 – 15 cm.

When constructing an OTTO-Ebb&Flow arena, a layer thickness of approx. 13 cm has to be calculated to ensure the capillary effect from the subbase up into the footing. After installation, the layer thickness also amounts to approx. 10 cm measured from the top edge of the knobs.

If you have a quartz sand works in your area or specific contacts you’d like to use, please send us a sample (approx. 500 g) of the sand you want to use. We will examine the sample in our laboratory for its properties and immediately notify you whether its composition is suitable for the requirements of your riding surface.


About OTTO Arena

Our expertise in your hands

Your do-it-yourself project: OTTO Arena will help you realise your dream of creating and building the perfect riding surface yourself.

2 strong partners: OTTO Sport specialises in the turnkey construction of riding surfaces, while OTTO Arena focuses entirely on the distribution of professional products for your riding arena. For over 30 years, OTTO Sport has been a byword among professional equestrians and leisure riders alike for high-quality and particularly durable riding arena surfaces, and OTTO Arena also benefits from this knowledge.

OTTO Arena: your new partner for self-built riding arenas. With us, you don't be leaving your project to chance: With patented products and practical knowledge, we will guide you during planning and construction. Whether riding arena, outdoor riding arena, paddock or round pen - OTTO Arena is your expert when it comes to perfection.


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