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petitepyromaniac 06-07-2011 11:57 AM

Smallest Arena You Can Comfortably Jump In?
 
If I were to build an arena, what size do I need to comfortably jump? I want it as small as I can to save on space and money, but I don't want it so small that I feel too cramped to do anything in it.

Let me know your opinions!

Alwaysbehind 06-07-2011 01:06 PM

Indoor or outdoor? (Not that it totally matters.)


I have boarded at two different facilities where the indoor at one was 60'x90' and the other was 60'x100'.

Both are a little cozy for jumping but both worked.

petitepyromaniac 06-07-2011 01:21 PM

In my dream world it would be an indoor. That's why I want it small, because I know it's going to be costly.

When you say you jumped in them, was it more like a single jump down the long side, or were you able to get some decent exercises in?

Alwaysbehind 06-07-2011 01:24 PM

A creative person can always make exercises.

A line is hard. Obviously.

Ferhoodled 06-07-2011 07:43 PM

This is probably already obvious, but make sure to keep the height in mind for an indoor, too. I've seen some places with, um, *questionable* rafter heights for jumping (eek!)

petitepyromaniac 06-07-2011 09:16 PM

Excellent point Ferhoodled! Thank you for bringing that to my attention :)

upnover 06-08-2011 10:59 AM

How big are you jumping? Our smallest ring is 90 x 160 and we can easily set up 18 in courses in there with a 4 stride line down the outside. Gymnastics too. Anything over 2"3 possibly 2"6 gets more complicated, although I have done 3"6 singles. The narrowness more then anything is what makes it difficult so if I had to rebuild the ring I'd make it wider.

Just remember, a horse's "average" canter stride is 12 feet long. When you're setting up a line you allow 6 feet for take off in front of the jump and 6 feet after for landing. You want to make sure there is enough room for at least a few strides before and after the line begins.

petitepyromaniac 06-08-2011 11:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by upnover (Post 1059672)
How big are you jumping? Our smallest ring is 90 x 160 and we can easily set up 18 in courses in there with a 4 stride line down the outside. Gymnastics too. Anything over 2"3 possibly 2"6 gets more complicated, although I have done 3"6 singles. The narrowness more then anything is what makes it difficult so if I had to rebuild the ring I'd make it wider.

I'd want to plan on 3 feet, but room for growth wouldn't be bad. Probably nothing over 4ft though.

Quote:

Originally Posted by upnover (Post 1059672)
Just remember, a horse's "average" canter stride is 12 feet long. When you're setting up a line you allow 6 feet for take off in front of the jump and 6 feet after for landing. You want to make sure there is enough room for at least a few strides before and after the line begins.

That's a good way to look at it! Takes some of the guess work out of it.

Alwaysbehind 06-08-2011 11:29 AM

I agree with what upnover said.

The OP asked for smallest, so I was giving what I thought was the absolute smallest.

If you want input on what is the best size for practicing courses, etc that is different than the smallest option.

MaggiStar 06-08-2011 11:40 AM

I have a very small woodchip which i can jump a single fence in it is slightly bigger then a 20metre circle(sorry dont know the exact sizing) it was originally built for me free jumping my youngsters.
However i have a big 20 jump course set out in the field which is to big as i forget sizing.
I would go with a size you feel happy enough with say like warmup arena size BUT build it so when you get more finances it can be enlarged further. This is what a friend of mine is doing granted hers is outdoor


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