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post #1 of 16 Old 04-18-2012, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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Can I Keep My Horse In The arena

Hi Everyone,
I would greatly appreciate any advice on this one.
Space is limited for us and we have enough space about 200ft away from our potential house (considering purchasing) land size 100ft x100ft and a little extra on the side to build stables. This size would be perfect for an arena is it common to get dual use out of the arena so to turnout the horses in the day on same arena?
Maybe this is a dumb question but thought I would ask anyway.
Thank you inadvance
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post #2 of 16 Old 04-18-2012, 12:06 PM
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We've used our outdoor arena as a turnout in full and sectioned off a portion with panels so we still have the working area without having to move horses.

The biggest down side is horses can see it as a fun place vs a work place. On the upside, they need to know they work when asked to - no matter where or when!
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There are people that use their arenas for turn out all the time. You'll probably need to scoop the poop at the end of each day to keep it from piling up. The issue that some people do tend to run into though is that on occassion you'll get a horse that feels that his turn-out space is his territory and therefore won't ride well for you in it. Other horses don't care wher eyou ride them...

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Well, I would think your biggest issue is going to be manure/wet areas.

If you want to keep the footing in the arena nice for riding - what kind of maintenence are you going to do?
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i've known a few places to use the arena for turnout however it's not typically the ONLY turnout option nor can it be used all the time for turnout if you expect it to stay in nice "arena" condition. if you know what i mean.
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I did this last year when we were doing refencing on the paddocks. My arena is 4 rails high, painted white. It was a temporary overnight thing while I waited for the paddocks to be finished. The rotters chewed through 2 top rails, sure no hotwire, lets wreck it! Guess it was their form of protest being kept in the "work" arena when they could see green grass in the yard.
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post #7 of 16 Old 04-19-2012, 02:06 AM Thread Starter
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Wow thanks everyone, yes you mentioned all of my thoughts, the daily poopy scooping and wet patches etc.
There is another piece of land on the other sidde of the house, roughly 100ft x 15ft (at a guess) can this be used as a turnout or is this way to small???
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post #8 of 16 Old 04-19-2012, 05:36 PM
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when bad weather comes around my friend will put theirs in their arena when cleaning stalls. and it works. i will use my 'small' arena when its built to put my horses in when its bad out or days before shows so they dont get dirty.
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post #9 of 16 Old 04-19-2012, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Harelywood,
I guess I could alternate, prob not good to keep them on such a small patch all the time.
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post #10 of 16 Old 04-19-2012, 07:43 PM
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well my arena is very small, 56 by 64 is my barn and 12 is for stalls so 56 by 54 is my arena. but i will have a large ridding/round pen area for them. and they have 6 acres of grass for now.
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