We bought a new place with a 6 acre pasture. It is all irrigated. It is great other than it is a bit uneven and it has pocket gophers :(. I have a young horse and before this he was always at a barn with arenas, round pens, etc. My pony (who my mom rides) is pretty reliable, but my mom is a re-rider at 74. To be able to safely work with my young horse and for my mom to ride in a secure area, I’ve been looking at large round pens that could be placed and then removed if we later no longer needed them. I can always ride out in the field and put jumps out there, etc. The issue will always be the pocket gophers no matter what. I would love to eventually put up a 100 x 200’ arena with footing, etc., but that is not going to happen for a number of years likely. and we’d have to tear up part of our irrigation.
So, I’ve been looking at 100’ round pens as a possibility. They seem like they are large enough that you could do some decent groundwork and even be able to put up a few jumps. Has anybody done that? I could also easily make it into a 120’ with an additional four panels. thoughts?