As I plan my barn next spring I think I'd like to get started on an arena now (outdoor!). I figure with the snow I won't be riding much anyway but if the weather should get nice (Here in PA you can go from 20 degree snowy days to 60 degree sunny days overnight at times!) drainage and footing would likely be better in an arena (I already have the footing worked out). My horse also has cruddy feet and sand is not only soft on his toes but would also help keep his barefeet happy and dry at times.
I cannot for the life of me remember how big or small the rings I rode in at all those boarding stables I worked at over the years were (or felt). Money is no issue- but space is. I want to get away with the smallest size possible. I like to ride outside the arena, so this would just be for bad/wet weather and schooling. I also can trailer him to a bigger indoor and outdoor whenever I want!
Think western pleasure, that's what we 'school for' the most. We don't game or jump ever. Nothing super fast and crazy. No cow work. Just flat work basics. I would like to be able to make normal size two circles at either end this way I could do that and figure eights and stuff. All the other stuff I can trailer out for if I want too.
I want to get the most out of my property (which isn't huge) so the less room this ring takes up the more room I have for more pasture and other fun things.
I know one arena I rode in was 54'x72' (indoor) but I was the only one in it ever another was 70'x130' but I can't remember how big or small that was... I know the latter one I could do figure eights around cones with this horse on the width of the arena (the 70')... but was it tight? I can't remember.
Thanks for any help!