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Spatial Mapping Within Indoor Arenas

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2021 ASABE Annual International Virtual Meeting  2100687.(doi:10.13031/aim.202100687)
Authors:   Staci McGill, Morgan Hayes, Joshua Jackson
Keywords:   Equine, Indoor Arenas, Spatial Mapping, Spatial Variation.

Abstract. Indoor arenas are used on equine farms in order to keep horses working and training year-round and no matter the weather conditions. This is crucial for equine businesses as when horses are not actively working and training, they aren‘t making money. Results from a previous survey indicate equine indoor arena owners, managers, and users have concerns about the environment. Site visits were conducted on farms in the indoor arenas in Kentucky and some surrounding states. During the site visits, spatial environmental data were collected at over 30 facilities. These spatial data include footing depth, air speed, ambient air temperature, relative humidity, footing temperature, roof temperature and light intensity. All samples were taken in a grid pattern within the arena. If the footprint of the building was larger than the footing in the indoor arena, measurements were only taken within the confines of the footing. The footing depth was collected at 9 points, while the other measurements were taken at 15 points throughout the indoor arenas. Kriging in ArcMap was used to interpolate the data between the measured points and create a surface map for the entire arena space. The variability within and amongst the arenas were evaluated. Spatial join was used to extract attributes at specified points throughout the arena space for evaluation. 

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