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Arenas - how small is too small?

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MOGirl07
Reg. Feb 2012
Posted 2019-01-14 1:23 PM
Subject: Arenas - how small is too small?



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We are *finally, after 6 years* going to get around to making our place more efficient next summer by removing an old barn, putting in new stalls, and a small arena for me.

We don't have a lot of acreage right now - 5 acres. All flat (ish?) and usable. But where we'd have to put an arena if I'm going to get one, I don't have a lot of space. Maybe like 100x125ish. Too small? All I want to be able to do is lope large and small circles, and do a bit of slow work every once in a while. If I want to make a run, I have a few arenas that host ride nights, and several friends with full sized arenas within 20 min that I can haul to. Mostly, I just want some nice ground and a place to do slow work. Otherwise, I typically ride on the trails as my horses are finished.

Thoughts? I considered putting in a large round pen there too....what would you do?
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vjls
Reg. Mar 2005
Posted 2019-01-14 2:47 PM
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personally   just dig a good space up use tires for your alley way  that way you can change approach  , pattern all kinds of thing martha josey did that and i love it
 
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streakysox
Reg. Jul 2008
Posted 2019-01-14 2:53 PM
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Be sure you get it long enough for a pole pattern. Covered arena near me is so short you have to put the poles in the alleyway.
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MOGirl07
Reg. Feb 2012
Posted 2019-01-14 9:48 PM
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streakysox - 2019-01-14 2:53 PM

Be sure you get it long enough for a pole pattern. Covered arena near me is so short you have to put the poles in the alleyway.

I didnt even think about that. I dont do poles but if we ever did sell the place someone may turn their nose up to the arena being too short for a pole pattern.
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MOGirl07
Reg. Feb 2012
Posted 2019-01-14 9:49 PM
Subject: RE: Arenas - how small is too small?



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vjls - 2019-01-14 2:47 PM

personally Β  just dig a good space up use tires for your alley wayΒ  that way you can change approachΒ  , pattern all kinds of thing martha josey did that and i love it
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I would do that except....this has to double as my dry lot for the winter. So i need it fenced. Small horse farm problems.... :(
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streakysox
Reg. Jul 2008
Posted 2019-01-14 10:47 PM
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streakysox - 2019-01-14 2:53 PM

Be sure you get it long enough for a pole pattern. Covered arena near me is so short you have to put the poles in the alleyway.

I didnt even think about that. I dont do poles but if we ever did sell the place someone may turn their nose up to the arena being too short for a pole pattern.

We work all of our horses on poles. Helps with control and adds some variation
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MOGirl07
Reg. Feb 2012
Posted 2019-01-15 11:01 AM
Subject: RE: Arenas - how small is too small?



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streakysox - 2019-01-14 10:47 PM

MOGirl07 - 2019-01-14 9:48 PM

streakysox - 2019-01-14 2:53 PM

Be sure you get it long enough for a pole pattern. Covered arena near me is so short you have to put the poles in the alleyway.

I didnt even think about that. I dont do poles but if we ever did sell the place someone may turn their nose up to the arena being too short for a pole pattern.

We work all of our horses on poles. Helps with control and adds some variation

If each pole is 21 ft apart, I'm going to need more like 150 feet. Sigh....
Edited to add, I suppose I could set them up on a diagonal.

Edited by MOGirl07 2019-01-15 11:11 AM
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