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mls 03-16-2009 02:16 PM

Arena rules?
Does anyone have a list of general arena rules?

Biggest issue here is a couple of people who don't really ride but tend to get in the way of those that do ride.

Yesterday a person on the ground (and a guest of a boarder no less) was trying to get a horse to yield his hind quarters. She was paying no attention and pushed the horse right in front of a boarder. Horse being worked from the ground HAS kicked at other horses in the past. Boarder was very gracious and avoided the situation neatly and without comment. (I saw the whole thing)

Thankfully the whole group in question (boarder with her half dozen guests) is leaving at the end of the month. But it does bring up a good point on who should yield to who.

Spastic_Dove 03-16-2009 02:24 PM

-If you are going to stop, do it in the middle of the arena. Do not stop on the rail.
-Call "DOOR" or something else to announce you are coming into the arena
-Pass left shoulder to left shoulder if passing head on
-If you are lunging, pick a side of the arena, don't do it in the middle
-Pick up any manure after you are done riding
-If you are walking to warm up, give those working the rail. Walkers should be closer to the middle of the arena

Im sure I can think of more

NicoleS11 03-16-2009 02:39 PM

That sounds more to add..

When your coming up behind some one the rail do a circle in and return back to the rail to give the person infront of you some time to get some space between you to. Ever one is different but i hate when people pass reason really...i just dont like it..

Spastic_Dove 03-16-2009 02:54 PM

I don't mind when people pass me, but I hate when people ride my butt.
Another thing you could do is announce your passing

toosleepy 03-16-2009 03:10 PM

always pass to the inside
if you reverse directions you must yeild the rail
and my big one: if you setup jumps or ground poles its your responsibility to put them away.

mls 03-16-2009 03:19 PM

The manure and putting equipment away is a general rule.

Keep 'em coming!

Thank you!

hotreddun 03-16-2009 03:55 PM

Well...its different at every arena...but MY arena rules when I have guests over are:

NO lunging at all.
Slower people yield.
Jump one at a time.
When someone else is jumping go to the gate area or other designated "hang out" spot and stay out of the way.
Helmets are mandatory.

kershkova 03-16-2009 09:02 PM

my barn doesn`t have arena rules. and at my barn the people doing the warming up or being at a slower gait rides the out side not inside.and people lung the center. and we just leve stuff up. our one thing is don`t cut people off and don`t allways stop at the same spot every time because it makes a habit for the horse. But its small group during the week only 5 people during the week riding and thats all the boarders. and my trainer. during the weekend their are 5 people added to that who have their horses at home.

mls 03-17-2009 12:05 PM


Originally Posted by hotreddun (Post 271147)
Well...its different at every arena...but MY arena rules when I have guests over are:

When you have guests over? Are they handling the horses or observing?

hotreddun 03-17-2009 12:36 PM


Originally Posted by mls (Post 271673)
When you have guests over? Are they handling the horses or observing?

friends with their own horses...we have a womens gossip...uh i mean once a month or so we haul to each others houses

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