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    04-02-2011, 10:39 AM
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Yearling
Indoor Dressage Arena- Need your opinion

I think most of us know that a large dressage is 66x198FT. We are finalizing our plans for the ClearSpan indoor arena on Monday and I can't decide between 72'x 280 which has an interior clearance of 66' 1 1/4" or the 83'x260' which has a clearance of 76'.

Advantages for the 72'x280' is I can fit 12 10x14 stalls, 3 10x9 cross tie areas, and 1 14x20 tack room. There would also be a 24'x66' area in between the stall area and the 66x198 arena.

Disadvantages? Are 10x14 stalls a disadvantage?

With the 83x260 I can have 12 12x12 stalls with 14 isle ways but have only 15-20ft in between the stall area and either 4 ft of space on both sides of the arena or 8 ft on one side of the arena. I could put tack lockers along the wall separating the stalls and the arena which would take up that space.

Which would you prefer? Is a regulation dressage sized arena big enough for dressage riders on an every day basis? I have an outdoor 160x170 (that will be enlarged to 170x230.) I do want to hold clinics too.

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    04-02-2011, 03:21 PM
  #2
Trained
I prefer an oversized ring, expecially if you are planning on putting a dressage fence in it. Our ring is 80x200 and it makes it easy to have people lunging and riding, or young horses, or a bunch of horses.
If you can go bigger, I would. Then you can also fit jumping courses in easier.. just in general more room is better. And with 14' aisles people can also bring in tack trunks. We just have stalls down one side of the aisle and we hang blankets and everything on the empty side of the aisle, makes life easier than trying to fold wet blankets and hang them for sure.
     
    04-02-2011, 07:52 PM
  #3
Yearling
How do you practice for tests if your arena is wider? I never boarded at dressage barns so during show season we set up a chain & cone practice arena in one of the pastures.
     
    04-03-2011, 12:31 AM
  #4
Started
I used to board at a barn whose indoor was the size of a regular dressage arena. We got along fine in it doing small jump courses as well and regular lessons. However, if you're already considering the bigger one - why not just go with it? It will definitely be more comfortable especially with multiple horses in the arena.
     
    04-03-2011, 09:33 AM
  #5
Yearling
The difference in price is about $20,000 for about 8ft more space. ;o)
     
    04-03-2011, 11:50 AM
  #6
Green Broke
I would definitely do a bigger ring. That way, you can fit a standard sized dressage arena and still have people be able to ride around it and lunge their horses if they're not going to use the dressage ring
     
    04-03-2011, 12:22 PM
  #7
Trained
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Originally Posted by starlinestables    
How do you practice for tests if your arena is wider? I never boarded at dressage barns so during show season we set up a chain & cone practice arena in one of the pastures.
I don't do run throughs of tests very often, I just have the ones I'm competing at and ones the level up memorized and run through movements of each test. But in these situations and even if I am running through a test you just kind of do it. If you're really worried about not having the regulation size arena then do "test days" and borrow a dressage fence and set it up for a week or so every once in a while.
     
    04-03-2011, 01:45 PM
  #8
Yearling
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Originally Posted by eventerdrew    
I would definitely do a bigger ring. That way, you can fit a standard sized dressage arena and still have people be able to ride around it and lunge their horses if they're not going to use the dressage ring
There would be 4' on each side which really isn't enough room to ride around it.
     
    04-03-2011, 02:48 PM
  #9
Green Broke
If you can afford it go for the bigger arena. Gives you much more freedom to school.
If you want to run through a test put up sone dressage boards and lettering it will teach your horse not to rely on the wall for support.
     

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