Modern Horsemanship Colorado, USA

Round Pens: Does size really matter?

Welcome back! In our first post about round pens, we talked about the pros and cons. Today I want to talk about size. 


There are so many potential sizes for your round pen and the answer to how big it should be depends on the primary intended purpose. I like my round pens to be large enough that I can work with a big warmblood (obviously bigger in every aspect than a pony) but small enough that communication and connection isn’t lost over too much distance. My ideal round pen is approximately 60-70’ in diameter. The slightly larger round pens allow a space for both groundwork and light riding, for example when initially backing a young horse.

Next, we’ll delve a little deeper into the footing for a round pen.