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        10-20-2011, 08:56 PM
      #1
    pep
    Foal
    Why complain?

    Why do people complain about riding in a small arena? Especially if they do jumpers, wouldn't it make you better at jumpers because your used to tight turns? And if you can think fast in a small arena on a jumper course then you can definitely do good on a jumper course in a big arena, anyways point is why do people complain?
         
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        10-20-2011, 09:05 PM
      #2
    Green Broke
    Human nature. It gives them something to talk about
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        10-20-2011, 09:23 PM
      #3
    pep
    Foal
    Understandable, I guess it just bothers me when people complain about something that in the end will improve they're riding
         
        10-21-2011, 09:47 PM
      #4
    Yearling
    Small arenas are really hard to design a good course in, regardless of whether you're doing hunters or jumpers. Related distances aren't as easy to set up and the only "long" side you have to work with is across the diagonal of the arena, making it increasing difficult to design around if you have a 4 or 5 stride line you want to set up.

    It's just a hassle, in general. Especially if the ring in question is a square. Most obnoxious shape ever. Rectangles are much better if you're going to have a fenced arena to work in.
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        10-22-2011, 01:42 AM
      #5
    Trained
    I agree with Strange, and to add, it's not fair for the horses joints to have to do all those tight and difficult turns.
         
        10-23-2011, 01:37 PM
      #6
    pep
    Foal
    The arena is rectangle, notnsmall like a lunge arena but not huge
         
        10-23-2011, 01:43 PM
      #7
    Yearling
    Personally for me I like to have a large arena to work in. I am constantly having to work on circles and bending, and straights. Small arenas fail to give me the room I need to work on these things. On well schooled horses I can work fine in a smaller arena, but for working I need bigger and not crowded with jumps.
         
        10-23-2011, 02:09 PM
      #8
    Green Broke
    While it may offer an opportunity to improve parts of your riding, a small area limits your practice to a small area.

    In a big work area you have the option to work in the large area, or create your own smaller area. When training a young horse a small area can be difficult. It is also more difficult working in a small area with other riders, to the extent that you may not be able to do what you want to do. Additionally, most jumping competitions are in large areas, so having a large area to work in can help simulate a competition. I've noticed that occasionally some people and horses can often get to rely on boundaries set up in an arena, and can't seem to do equivalent work in an open space.

    The bottom line is a small area can only be used as a small area, a large can be used for so much more. Practice in both is ideal, but you have to deal with what you work with. If you've only got a small arena, and can't do anything about then its not worth complaining.
         
        10-23-2011, 02:11 PM
      #9
    Foal
    The barn I used to ride at had two VERY small arenas, right next to each other. Why they didn't just open them up into one, I will never know.

    However, I had a HUGE warmblood (17.3 with HUGE movement) at the time and It wasn't fair to him that after two strides we were having to turn- then four strides later we were at the other end of the ring. Sure we worked on circles a LOT and bending and it was awesome for teaching counter cantering- but I never really could let him go straight and I didn't think that was fair. Oh, and with jumping- there was no way to set up a course in that arena because of the size either- you could do maybe two jumps and even then you'd come off the back side and be two strides away from the fence. Anyways...I digress. I moved, now I have a large arena and Im happy.
         
        10-23-2011, 03:19 PM
      #10
    pep
    Foal
    Jumpingrules92- that sounds like extremely small arenas for ur big horse
         

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