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post #1 of 7 Old 01-28-2015, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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indoor arena size

As some of you know I am getting a house well part of the barn seems open and big enough to turn into an indoor arena. It is 45x150. The lenght seems ok but I'm not sure whether or not the witdh would be alright. Thoughts?
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-28-2015, 12:18 PM
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I wouldn't consider it big enough on the short side. Long side would be adequate for me. You could barely make a 10m circle in there, and that's assuming that you managed to make the entire thing useable space. I wouldn't consider anything smaller than a short dressage arena (20x40m, or about 65x130ft) worth making into an arena. I especially wouldn't consider it if it's not big enough to ride a 20m circle... way too tight for the horse.
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post #3 of 7 Old 01-28-2015, 12:32 PM
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It's even a little tight for lunging. How's the height?

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post #4 of 7 Old 01-28-2015, 01:04 PM
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Lots of Saddlebred barns have long narrow indoors, some even use dirt aisles.
It's better than nothing if you live in a cold climate.
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post #5 of 7 Old 01-28-2015, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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the height is probably 15-20ft...I would mostly be using it for light arena work until I build my outdoor ring which I hope to make 200x150.
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post #6 of 7 Old 01-28-2015, 01:48 PM
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I'd probably ride in it, you may have to limit what you can do but with the length instead of riding a circle, just ride oval if the sport you do requires to practice your circles, just practice it when you get the chance (another arena). The indoor arena I normally ride in is 80 wide by 160? and even tho its wide enough to do circles I'll still do ovals just to make sure the horses are awake and paying attention and that I can easily guide them and it's not them just being used to doing circles!

I'd more a less be worried about the height, I'd defiantly want to make sure if a horse was to rear the horse nor myself are going to end up hitting the roof.

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It's not ideal for everything, but it's usable. You could walk and jog easily, lope on the long sides, even set up a couple of jumps on the long side. Good for trail obstacles as well, for showmanship patterns, good turnout as well.

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