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    03-18-2009, 04:37 PM
Add this one....Do not turn your horse out to roll, run etc...when there are riders working in the arena. I HATE that!!!!
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    03-19-2009, 01:50 AM
When I first came to the boarding stable I am at now the people used to stop whenever someone was mounting a horse. I personally think that is a bit much, especially when I'm or someone else is on the other side of the arena doing so. I don't know if it was a confidence thing they had but they stopped doing that after a while.

I've done OHSET (Oregon high school equestrian teams) and our warm up arena is pretty small. We all had a rule that we all had to keep going the same way because of it. And to be kind we would shout out 'Reverse please!' in order to turn the other way with everyone else. I don't know if other shows are like that, (partly because I only have a few years of horse life/knowlege under my belt), but this always seemed to help horses be a bit calmer in any size of an arena.
    03-21-2009, 10:42 PM
Add this one....Do not turn your horse out to roll, run etc...when there are riders working in the arena. I HATE that!!!!

Sounds dangerous!
    03-22-2009, 03:28 AM
These are the rules at pc for the arena
Pick up any dropppings your horse does
Fill in any holes your horse makes in the arena.
Rake the arena occasionaly
Pass left hand to left hand
People under instruction have right of way.
Always give way to people doing latterals.
    03-22-2009, 09:05 AM
Green Broke
I think these are all very good...Here's another one we use -- if you are going to pass someone coming up from behind them, announce "inside!" (or "outside!" depending on where they are in the arena) so that they know you are coming and don't get surprised! The worst for me is when someone sneaks up behind my horse and I, because she DOES NOT like it and may even kick at them if I'm not prepared for it and can prevent it (she's still learning to be polite to other horses!)
    03-23-2009, 03:28 PM
Thank you everyone. The boarder who necessitated the need for set arena rules is now gone.

I had found a set I had started years ago when we had a previous issue and I will complete and post them. But the immediate need is over!
    03-23-2009, 05:59 PM
Originally Posted by KTSpeedhorse    
Add this one....Do not turn your horse out to roll, run etc...when there are riders working in the arena. I HATE that!!!!
I hate that and this too - while the horse is rolling, the owner doesn't watch her horse and leaves the area to put her tack away!!!
    03-24-2009, 06:26 PM
-Must have a helmet when jumping
-either pass on the outside or do a circle to get distance between.
-pick up manure when done riding.
-If you are jumping you must have a jumping saddle
-pick a side for lunging

The reson why I don't have the rule put the euipment away when you are done is because I have indoor and outdoor arenas for every disipline so all the stuff stays there.
    03-31-2009, 08:33 PM
K. Most of the rules have probably been mentioned but...

- Lessons have right of way. If you want to jump you must ask the teaching instructor first.
- Pass left to left
- Call DOOR when coming into arena
- No lunging or groundwork if other people are riding unless it's 1 maybe 2 people and you have their permission first.
- Beginner riders always get the rail because they don't know about left to left right away and their steering isn't that great.
- probably some more but that's what I thought of just now.

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