Practicing dressage in an odd sized arena isn’t ideal. Ours is 25m wide (not 20m) and 40m long (my test is in a long arena which is 60m).
Letters A and C don’t line up properly and M/H/F/K are very close to the corners. B and E are roughly where they should be but remaining letters (S/V/P/R) are far too close together.
Day-to-day it doesn’t bother me, in fact I am normally grateful that our YO put in the biggest school they could. It means more of us can comfortably work in there at the same time, and there’s more room for showjumping courses.
However, when it comes to test-riding it can lead to brain pickle!
The first thing we do, is put out poles to bring in the width – 2.5m on each side. For a short arena test, I just ignore the ‘middle’ letters (V/S/P/R).
But if it’s a long test…..then it starts to get complicated….
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