Is an arena this size big enough?

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Is an arena this size big enough?

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    04-13-2013, 05:13 PM
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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    04-13-2013, 08:23 PM
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.
    04-13-2013, 08:31 PM
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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    04-14-2013, 12:27 AM
Originally Posted by waresbear    
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
    04-14-2013, 12:42 AM
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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    04-16-2013, 03:00 AM
The smallest I would want to go is 65' x 131' (20m x 40m)
    04-17-2013, 02:24 PM
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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