Originally Posted by QtrHorse
Just a question......
When entering an arena here and someone is already using it the person wanting to enter must "announce their intention and ask permission to enter". I have had to do this at various arenas I have visited and it is required to use our arena.
I thought it was a pretty standard courtesy and rule. It is called Arena Etiquette.
You is also courtesy to announce your work intention and when you intend to leave if there are others in the arena.
I have personally declined entry before and asked they wait a few minutes until we finish what we are doing and it has never been a problem. It would be completely appropriate considering you were in the arena with a small child and that is a non-compatible situation to bring in a young horse in training. However, on your side too it requires you courtesy to not make them wait forever.
Many arenas have blocks of time during the week where you can sign up for private use time. For instance, some of our boarders use visiting trainers and they must "block" their time in advance and they are guaranteed exclusive use for their lessons or training sessions.
No barn I have ever boarded at has had either the requirement that you ask to use the arena if someone is using it or blocked times when the arena was not allowed to be used by boarders. If there is a lesson going on it is a requirement that you not interfere so that in general means go the same direction, etc as the lesson.
I can not imagine being a boarder in good standing and being told by another boarder that they want the whole ring to themselves. I can see being understanding and if someone is trying to accomplish something asking if your riding will be a problem. That is different than a requirement where people entering have to ask permission.