Begin by measuring your Arena.
Be sure to take the time to measure out your arena properly so you know how much space you have to train in and can make your circles properly.
Lets get started measuring out your arena.
For the non dressage rider, you can set up your arena with ribbons, flagging tape or cones along the rail every ten feet to help you gauge the size of your circles and visual points for your transitions.
If you are a dressage rider, taking the time to set up a large or small dressage ring with the properly positioned letters will help you determine the size of your circles and transitions.
Take the time to walk in a normal stride and measure out your own stride. Two steps will typically equal five feet. Use this measurement when placing your cones as markers for your circles or other lessons.
Using hydrated lime sprinkled on the ground for a temporary marker works well too.
The Lesson Arena
For the lessons I will be presenting to you I will be using an arena size of 200 X 120 feet.
Here are some helpful dimensions when planning out and practicing your lesson work out.
Some Helpful Metric Equivalents
Average Stride Lengths Tid-Bits
Horses and Mules can vary greatly in their stride length, depending on their size.
Here I have supplied some information, averages on stride lengths at different gates that you will find helpful.
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