Round Pen size
Need some advice on a round pen that can be used as a small exercise ring when inclimate weather does not permit using the large ring. Want it covered, so I don't want to go any larger than I need to. I was thinking 60' round, does this sound reasonable to WTC in for a full size horse without the worry of stressing legs?
I'm assuming you're at a boarding facility--so before you go taking actual measurements, think of the biggest horse you have there, and then decide if 60' would be big enough for them to comfortable w/t/c in. I'd say no more than 80' though.
Moving a horse in a circle stresses a horses legs almost regardless of the size of the cirlce. Make it as large as you can afford to. I have a round pen that is 50' and it is a little too small to canter ahorse unless the horse can collect pretty well. I would make it as large as I had room for.
Unlike Kevin, I use it to help slow down and balance themselves. Yes it is harder on they're legs which is why I don't do ride for long periods of time in the round pen when they are younger. However, my 6 y/o oldenburg who is a die hard star gazer I take to the round pen to work on her transitions and it makes her collect more in order balance herself. Its been a huge help with her!
Thanks for the advice. I need to have a place to work where the weather won't hinder us (shade in summer and shelter from rain/good footing), thus the roof, but not too small to do a little canter work. It's either that or cover the whole outside arena and that just is not an option - ever.
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