I am considering to build a riding arena at my farm. I don't have a lot of land availability left, so I wonder what is smallest possibly arena size for a horse to comfortably canter around?
I have seen horses canter in a 50' roundpen, so I would say 50x50, though I'd try to give yourself some more room so you're not just doing circles all the time.
do you think 80x50 is good size?
You won't be able to go straight for more than a few strides at a canter before you're turning, but you can canter in it.
I'd rather have an 80x50 ring than no ring at all.
if you were me what size would you build?
At minimum? 60x100 if I could. It'll allow 2 straight aways (the 100 foot length side).
Work with what you have though :) The good thing about a small ring is it can be a good place to do ground work. Especially if you round the corners.
Thanks! It helped me a lot to figure out what size should I build :D
For me, the minimum size of an indoor arena would be 60 ft x 120 ft which is the small size dressage ring. Anything over that is all bonus.
When working green horses at the canter, I think you would like the 60 ft over the 50 ft minimum width as it gives you that little extra space to help a horse when it's learning to balance a rider and itself while executing proper circles, etc.
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