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View Poll Results: Where do you ride?
Always/usually in an indoor arena 9 8.74%
Always/usually in an outdoor arena 18 17.48%
Always/usually outside, trail riding 36 34.95%
Always/usually outside, something besides trail riding (explain) 10 9.71%
About equal rides in each (inside, outside) 21 20.39%
Other (explain) 9 8.74%
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post #31 of 51 Old 03-01-2012, 11:33 PM
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My barn is a little different in that we have a jumping field that the older/more advanced students ride in.

Our outdoor (and only) arena isn't all that large, but it serves it's purpose. We mainly use it for when the field is too wet or for beginners.

Once you can w/t/c off the lunge safely you get to ride in the field. It's about the size of two dressage arenas stuck together, and the main riding area is mowed pretty regularly. The horses are so much happier out in the open.

We also have some lovely trails, but the students really only go on trail rides in the summer.
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post #32 of 51 Old 03-05-2012, 12:40 PM
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Indoor & Outdoor Arenas...

Sometimes if I really wanna work on circles.. I lope large past & small slow circles in the middle of a pasture... so they cannot cheat me.

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post #33 of 51 Old 03-05-2012, 12:45 PM
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We have an indoor so evenings in the winter are spent there. We compete in indoors all winter but we also trail ride. In the summer I spend a lot of time in the round pen, outdoor arena, on trail. We compete in outdoor arenas.
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post #34 of 51 Old 03-05-2012, 06:22 PM
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We don't have access to an indoor arena, so we always ride outside. But rarely in the arena, we usually ride in a large pasture, that way everyone can have room to ride without interfering with anyone else. We also have a race track, and we ride on the road, at the fairgrounds weekly, and trails whenever we get a chance....
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post #35 of 51 Old 03-06-2012, 01:24 PM
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They built an indoor public arena here a few years back. It's an "event center" so there is a big roll out floor so they can use it for things other than riding. Well the non-horse people got pissed that it was used for horses so much and started calling it the Pony Palace. So now there is only open ride once or twice a week if we are lucky. Then, in the winter, it's so crowded you can't do a lot. Kind of a bummer.

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post #36 of 51 Old 03-06-2012, 01:46 PM
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I don't have a whole lot of choice. If we had an indoor or access to an indoor, I'd definitely ride in it. It gets to be a pain riding outside with -20 windchills and all weather.

Other than that...trails, or hacking around.
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post #37 of 51 Old 03-08-2012, 04:00 PM
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I do most of my riding on the hunting camps in or around my home, set out about 2 miles down the side of a low population road and then hit nothing but hunting land and goverment hunting land for miles!
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post #38 of 51 Old 03-08-2012, 09:59 PM
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I mainly ride in one of our outdoor arenas. We have one pretty nice sand one up near the barn where I do most of my work, but if it's getting late or I don't have time for a long ride, I'll either do trails or work in one of the smaller "arenas" in a pasture - usually just an area where we have ridden in a circle so many times that we have a basic arena shape of worn down grass :P
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post #39 of 51 Old 03-10-2012, 11:40 PM
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Strictly trail rides. No arena, indoor or outdoor. So I usually load the trailer and trailer to a nearby trail. The foot hills are just 5 minutes away. Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake is 20 miles away, great places for winter rides. Snow Basin Ski resort is just 20 minutes away and great summer trail ride. I can leave my home at 90° and 20 minutes later be 15° cooler in the mountain air.

When saturdays come around we drive a little farther and enjoy some camping at other trails.

We ride year round. Snow or heat.
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post #40 of 51 Old 03-10-2012, 11:56 PM
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I voted "other" because there was no option that fit me better. I have a flat, grassy area that I use for schooling, loping circles and such, but most of my riding is done on the trail or trailing cattle. The area that I use for schooling could be considered an "arena" I suppose, but it isn't fenced.
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