- - arena sizing
|Theophania ||08-23-2013 09:49 AM |
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?
|Drifting ||08-23-2013 10:48 AM |
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.
|Theophania ||08-23-2013 10:59 AM |
do you think 80x50 is good size?
|Drifting ||08-23-2013 11:00 AM |
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.
|Theophania ||08-23-2013 11:03 AM |
if you were me what size would you build?
|Drifting ||08-23-2013 11:05 AM |
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.
|Theophania ||08-23-2013 11:10 AM |
Thanks! It helped me a lot to figure out what size should I build :D
|Chevaux ||08-23-2013 11:19 AM |
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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