URGENT ADVICE NEEDED-Putting in riding ring *now*-what size?

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  • What size should a riding ring be
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    05-22-2010, 04:30 PM
Exclamation URGENT ADVICE NEEDED-Putting in riding ring *now*-what size?

Hey guys...immediate advice on this would be great as I'm going to buy the wood in a little while (sometime today) for a riding ring. I need to know if there's a standard size that's appropiate for the space we have. Outdoor pen. Round or square? We have 150x50 feet available. Should we use all of it, or a regulation size? Also, what surface should it be? Thanks so much!
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    05-22-2010, 04:48 PM
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BTW, we can make it wider, but it would be on a hill that way. I think it's best to stay smaller but on level ground, agreed?
    05-22-2010, 05:04 PM
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Personally, I would use all 150x50. You can do so much more in a bigger arena than you can in a smaller one, even if it is "regulation sized." :)
    05-22-2010, 05:49 PM
Okay, I'll do that. Or.... I can even go a lottt longer (like 250ft) if I make it narrower on the last 100ft.....so like this:

Red is the 150x50 area. Purple is the hill I could go partially up, but don't think it's a good idea. Blue is the area I could also use but if I added that to the red, the arena wouldn't be rectangular.

    05-22-2010, 06:31 PM
I wouldn't go bigger than the red for a single arena. If you want a smaller area (say a round pen) you could fit that in part of the blue area. And I agree that building a sloped area into your arena would be a bad idea. You'll want flat, uniform footing.
    05-22-2010, 06:39 PM
You might could like build it into the hill, if that makes sense. Like chop that part of the hill off but I don't know how it would look or whatever, and you might have drainage issues. But I would definitely want it to be flat.
    05-22-2010, 07:14 PM
I think I would have drainage issues if I did that....

What kind of base/footing should I have? I've heard sand is too dusty and stone dust was good, also I've heard that rubber was good (and is probably expencive....) which I've never seen. Any ideas on that? I think just grass with the natural ground is bad because of rivets in the ground when I ride in wet weather. Plus the distraction of grass to a working horse is probably not good
    05-22-2010, 08:02 PM
If you get beach sand, it packs in real well and is not as dusty as natural sand. Similar to the footing in dressage arenas
    05-22-2010, 08:55 PM
How much does it cost to cover a 150x50?

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