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    What is a good size for a riding ring?

    I was wondering what you guys think is a good size for a small riding ring? We are planning our permenant fencing and I want to figure how much wood to order for the riding ring. I figured that I would do a small one... we really ride trails more than anything, but I'd like to have the ring for schooling/training if I need it. Plus, it would be good for a warm-up/cool-down area. So what would be good... 60' x 100'?

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    You will be shocked how small 60 x 100 really is. What type of riding do you do? I personally don't think I would want to go smaller then 80 x 100 at the very least. We ride in a 100 x 200 indoor and it can still be tight at times. (But we jump so we need more space) Even canter work is hard tho in an area less the 80 x 100...they just can't stretch out much. Thats just my opinion tho!

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    My riding area is 100 x 200. I really think 60 x 100 is going to be too small. It looks big at first, but when you get in there, esp. if you are going to jumping, it's really too tight to anything. LOL.
    If there is someone else riding with me, 100 x 200 gets really tight at times. But, I have a jumping corse set up....so the jumps take a lot of space too.
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    We mostly trail ride and I ride Dressage. Sometimes I'll give my husband a "lesson" too. I quit jumping because of medical reasons, so I doubt I'll jump again.

    I don't remember what size the riding ring was at my old house...

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    The bigger the better...to an extent

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    Well I have a 48 x 84 (ya I know strange, but it was a 60' round pen and I put it up against the barn so I used those 4 panels to add on the length, lol)

    Anyway, I wish it were LOTS bigger. You might could get by with a 60 x 100 since you'll only have one person riding in it, but like they said, gettin a good canter will get you going more in a LOT more circles then going straight
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    Ours is 100x200 and I find it big enough for schooling, training, dressage and schooling some jumps. Mind you I havent had a "course" set up in there yet...but it's big!
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    Here some info. I did some searching to find out the standard size for a Dressage ring.

    CHA Standards recommend 32 liner feet of rail for each horse. So for 10 horses, that would be 320 LF or a 60X100 foot arena. This would be the MINIMUM size and would be more appropriate for beginner lessons that advanced. Other considerations are the ability level of the students and the activity that will take place. Beginners do better in a smaller arena for the purposes of control. More advanced students that will be doing more canter/lope work or riding patterns, may need more space. Setting jump courses and barrel patterns also require more room. If you may want to set up a Dressage arena inside your regular arena, that requires more length. A small dressage arena is 20X40 meters (or about 66 feet by 132 feet), a large dressage arena is 20X60 meters. A standard size competition arena is about 100'X200' and is large enough for full jump courses and other uses. Also consider the fence material. CHA Standards require that fence be of wood, metal or plastic and must be a visual barrier to the horse. Posts must be on the outside of the rail and the gates must be solid (no aluminum gates) and at the same level as the top rail. The minimum height of the fence should be 3 feet, although if I were building a new arena, I would go ahead and make it at least 4 feet. More information on arenas and other facility and program concerns is in the CHA Standards for Group Riding Programs, available from CHA for only $10. To order one call (800) 399-0138. This is the book we use to accredit riding establishments and it has a lot of valuable information.
    http://www.cha-ahse.org/railarticles/arenasize.htm
    So that gives you an idea.
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    Our indoor has really odd dimensions, it's 83 x 123'. I really wish that it were wider. I would consider making at least the dimensions of a dressage arena, plus at least 8 feet on each side. That way you could put an arena in and still have an room on each side to move around.
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    My ring is 100 x 200. It's a "full-size" jumping arena.
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