Is an arena this size big enough? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 7 Old 04-13-2013, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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Is an arena this size big enough?

I measured an arena that I am able to make an arena, It measures 43.5ft by 86.25ft..

I was wondering if this was a large enough area for one horse to ride with walk, trot, and canter. No Jumping.
This horse does saddleseat which has a slower rocking chair canter and good footing, he is between 15.3 and 16hh.

Is this a large enough area?
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-13-2013, 08:23 PM
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we have a 60x80 arena and honestly its the size of a roundpen.. unless you are doing very collected canters it is hard to work in.
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That is very, very small. I have a 100' by 120' and I find it on the small side, so it is finally being increased this year by 30', had to redo the fencing so might as well make it bigger, right?
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post #4 of 7 Old 04-14-2013, 12:27 AM
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Originally Posted by waresbear View Post
That is very, very small. I have a 100' by 120' and I find it on the small side, so it is finally being increased this year by 30', had to redo the fencing so might as well make it bigger, right?
i agree .. our outdoor is 100 x 200 seems just right to me
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OP, I'd say that area is awfully small to do much. I wouldn't want to do any extensive loping in there, too much torque on the joints from having to lope in too small a circle.
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The smallest I would want to go is 65' x 131' (20m x 40m)
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-17-2013, 02:24 PM
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ITA, I wouldn't want to build an arena with the short side any smaller than the width of a standard roundpen (60').

The 20m x 40m NaeNae recommended is realistically the smallest I would consider building.
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