When it’s too hot to ride—Spotlight on the Gammages

Beat the heatMost equestrians choose to install a ClearSpan Hercules Truss Arch Building to extend their riding season through the winter. They purchase from us with the guarantee that the cold weather, rain and snow will no longer hinder their riding enjoyment. What about when the roles are reversed? It’s hard for us Northerners to imagine, but for some it can get too hot to ride, especially during the heat of midsummer. Today’s blog post spotlights how our ClearSpan Fabric Structures are the perfect solution for riding when working with horses in the summer heat.

Beat the heatWith a ranch located in Cleveland, TX, John and Louise Gammage needed a place to work during the hot summers. As a second business, their ranch is used to house their personal horses and the horses that they rescue. With only a pole barn for storing their equipment, John and Louise did all of their riding and training outdoors. “It is just too hot here in the summer to work outside,” explains John. Yet it is necessary for them to train the horses all year round because, as John explains, “they will never move on to adoption homes if they are not rideable.”

To work around the summer heat, they purchased a 100′ wide x 200′ long ClearSpan Hercules Truss Arch Building. “It was the only possible way that we could have afforded this size building,” says John. At the time, they had four horses that they had rescued from neglectful owners. He explains, “We had to buy them off people who had abused them, mostly through neglect and/or ignorance. Since coming here and getting the place together, we made contact with Habitat for Horses and offered ourselves as a foster home.”

Beat the heatWith their ClearSpan arena, they have plenty of room to work out of the heat with foster horses. John says, “In the summertime it is pleasantly cool, especially because we orientated the open ends to let the prevailing breeze blow through.” With this large amount of covered space, the Gammages are also able to use it for hay and equipment storage. “It is so nice to be able to drive into the building without any concern for height restrictions, and there’s plenty of space to maneuver.” John continues, “We still have to run water and electricity over to the building because we are using it for more than anticipated.” As well as having storage and riding space in the arena, they also built a tack room and stalls for rescue horses to use when they are not grazing outside.

For John and Louise, the building is working out better than expected. “There is something about these buildings,” John says. “Maybe it’s the height, which is taller than most conventional ‘heavy’ steel structures—they inspire an almost cathedral air.”

Beat the heatThe beauty of Hercules Truss Arch Buildings is that they’re perfect for any type of climate. In the north, equestrians use them to warm up and shield them from inclement weather. Whereas in the south, equestrians use them to beat the heat and shield them from the sun. Regardless of your reason for needing an indoor arena, ClearSpan will meet the challenge.

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