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Old 18-11-2011, 09:15 AM   #1
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I am wanting to install mirrors to my new arena

Can anyone give me cost effective ideas for this? The cheaper the better, but safety is a must!
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I know Cav knew of someone a few weeks ago that was a supplier of arena mirrors, maybe giver her a pm
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Thank you! If i can work out how to find her and PM I will
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oh and when you find out please let me know too!! I have been to a place before and they mounted a mirrored door onto the side of a shed and used that for an arena mirror
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Okay, I have some mirrors on my arena. Cost very much depends on what you want. I got three mirrors for $800. Then i had them mounted. Which is where the cost comes into it. I didn't have wall to put them on, so they are free standing. The bigger the mirror the more likely they are to distort or wobble in the wind. So be mindful of this. I was going to get some wardrobe doors, but these worked out pretty much the same cost wise. And these have been treated to last longer as they are outdoors. Your best bet would be to go into a shop that does glass and mirrors. I used Whitford city glass for mine. They have done a few arena mirrors.
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Why not just go to the swap meet or grab some online? I see them all the time and they are quite large. I have an old one in bedroom 1.5m high and 1m long. Surely a few of those set up right would do the trick? Thats what i intend to do when i have my arena set up
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Yep, you should be able to buy those big old dressing table mirrors cheap. Try Gumtree?
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Old inbuilt bedroom cupboard doors (I picked mine up off the side of the road for free on a council pick up day...shhh.....). It was 1.5m x 2.5 m.

When you get them mounted, make sure they are up off the ground. Otherwise the crows and mudlarks spend their whole day jumping at and attacking themselves from the ground! Geez......
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We were looking into this for our arena and the riding school.

Lots of saftey things to consider. What if the mirror breaks? we would have to have the sand removed and replaced because there is no way you could get every shard of glass out of the sand.

After a bit of reseach, its safter to use reflective stainless steal and there is also a reflective perspex. Really not sure on the cost, its somthing we are going to look at and maybe do some fundraising for.

A mirror in the arena would be such a valuable training tool.
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If i was to put a mirror in an arena i would either use a laminated mirror.
so just like lammy glass if it breaks it stays in one peice just has a massive crack through it, orrr put a vinyl backing on the mirror so if it breaks it sticks. I wouldnt use those robe doors without backing them onto something, i work with them every day and they are pretty flimsy we cant take them outside if its windy because they will just break.
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