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horseyluva 05-20-2013 01:19 PM

how small is too small when it comes to arenas?
 
Hey there,
I am getting a horse soon, and am prepping my farm for the big day! I have been hoping to put in a small outdoor arena, but the biggest I can squeeze in is about 60 x 100. It will only be me riding in there, not big lessons, and I have other space to ride outside the arena too.
If I could, I would make it bigger, but my septic bed/ tank is in the way, so I have no more room.
Does 60 x 100 ft sound big enough? I will be using it for warm up, light training, a couple of jumps, and cool down. For the jumping, I know I cant fit in a real course, but do you think 4 would be possible, or none at all?
Thx

bsms 05-20-2013 01:30 PM

Can't speak to jumping.

Mine is roughly 80 x 110. It is enough that we can practice turns, trots & canters, stops, neck reining, going around pylons. There isn't really enough room for a gallop, although we've done it a time or two briefly. Even cantering is a bit tight.

60 sounds a little tight on width. I'd try to open it up to 70+ if possible - maybe make one end a little wider than the other?

horseyluva 05-20-2013 01:41 PM

Thx bsms

kassierae 05-20-2013 05:43 PM

My ring is 48'x72' and we can do at least w/t/c in it. I don't jump so I wouldn't know about that. Your ring should be fine, the indoor at the place I worked is 60'x120', so not much bigger than yours and they do small courses in there.
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Skyseternalangel 05-20-2013 06:05 PM

When one stride of cantering on a 17hh horse means you hit the wall!

waresbear 05-20-2013 06:49 PM

I have a 90' X 100' arena, it's on the small side, so we are increasing it by another 30' lenghtwise. Go as big as you possibly can, if you need a small area to work in, build a roundpen.

WSArabians 05-20-2013 07:20 PM

80 x 100 is about as small as I would want to go.

Golden Horse 05-20-2013 07:26 PM

Bigger the better always, but a lot depends on the sort of horses using it. I haven't got my arena yet, but it will probably be 66' by 200' if possible, dressage arena size.

I know that my 50' round pen seems very very small with Big Ben in it, but is fine with a little arab.

Muppetgirl 05-20-2013 07:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Golden Horse (Post 2572257)
Bigger the better always, but a lot depends on the sort of horses using it. I haven't got my arena yet, but it will probably be 66' by 200' if possible, dressage arena size.

I know that my 50' round pen seems very very small with Big Ben in it, but is fine with a little arab.


Haha spread it to 80' if your going to do reining! 200' gives you lots of room for run downs!!


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