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post #11 of 14 Old 09-29-2014, 01:21 PM
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A typical roundpen is 60' in diameter, so your 35x65 ft 'arena' is going to be half the size of that. Not enough room to do much of anything, and I've be very hesitant to work a horse at any real intensity with no relief from such tight turns.

I like Chasin Ponies idea of putting a large round pen in the middle of the pasture. It would almost create a 'paddock paradise' type track that might give the horse more movement in the limited amount of space.

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A friend of mine has a 30x60 indoor arena and she uses it with no problem for 1-2 horses. I may be able to stretch it to 45x65, that's about it. We're still talking over the pasture idea, id hate for her to be an "indoor" horse, but our house and barn are set oddly on our property making it hard to get one large space for a good grazing pasture.
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that is fine for one horse.
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post #14 of 14 Old 10-01-2014, 06:41 AM
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I too would say it is to small. As said a dressage arena is 66' x 142'

If you intend to lunge for exercise then you need at least room for a 20 metre circle or it is very hard on the horse.

I certainly wouldn't want to ride a horse for exercise in anything less than a small dressage arena which is bigger than the area you intend to keep your horse in.

In the UK where we get the weather to keep grass growing, we say 2 acres for the first horse and three for two horses. I know in the US it is said an acre but you don't even have that with the two combined.
You will also loose space for storrage and a muck heap.
If a horse is going to be stabled most of the time then it needs at least 90 minutes good hard exercise each day which you are not going to be able to give in such a small area without trashing the ground. Hacking out would be the only way to keep the horse sane, sound and sensible.
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