Spotlight on Zen Horsemanship – Spaciousness Meets Ideal Protection in the Perfect Covered Riding Arena
Dolores Arste, a horse trainer and author, is the owner of Zen Horsemanship, a horse training facility in Hatfield, AR. Here, she specializes in clicker training which aims to develop the best possible relationship between horses and humans. When Dolores decided that she needed a spacious riding area complete with protection from the elements, she sought out to find one that would offer the best of both worlds to her horses and her business.
Dolores previously had a round, uncovered pen to conduct riding and training lessons in, and says, “When it rains in Arkansas, it really rains.” Lessons would often have to be delayed or canceled due to the wet and muddy conditions. The soggy weather led Dolores to search for a covered pen that would not only provide shelter from the elements for horses and riders, but also blend flawlessly with the beautiful Arkansas scenery.
“We first saw a covered pen by another company; we even made inquiries. The response from that company was less than interesting,” Dolores says. “Once we contacted FarmTek the experience was totally different,” she continues. She decided on a 60’ diameter ClearSpan High Crown Arena, and says, “In no time we had complete instructions on how to put up the building. This made things incredibly easy. We could make all the arrangements to get the building up in the very short time that we allowed.”
The arena has made it possible for Dolores to teach riders and train horses no matter what the weather, and she says the openness of the arena enhances the whole riding experience. “It makes you feel like you are outside, while still being in a protected space,” Dolores says.
Dolores is passionate about her horses and what she does, so it’s no surprise that she wanted to provide the most comfortable environment she could for them. She says, “A horse is our best mirror and will reflect back what we project.” She adds, “Putting this together with classical dressage skills to move both our bodies and the horse’s body in ways that will keep him and us pain-free and working at the highest level is our desire.”
How have you gone above and beyond to provide a comfortable environment for your horses? Have you had success practicing this style of horsemanship?