As some of you have noticed, I have a couple young horses in training. And I have a loony mare that needs refreshed. I was going to buy a trail horse, but i'm wondering now if, at least for now... I should use that money to build a roundpen?
We have a tight budget at the moment due to me losing my job. I was thinking if I could do something for $300 or under, I could still get a trail horse when I come across one in the near future that is what i'm looking for (i've had no luck so far).
The area I work in now is just a small portion of field that is not fenced in. I'm kind of "out of space" so to speak, but I might be able to talk my guy into stealing some of our "yard" space... for a roundpen/arena if it LOOKS NICE! It has to look nice.
I live in Ohio so it's very wet here. I have noticed driving by multiple horse owner properties, these roundpens made out of wood posts and what looked to me like (haha) the landscaping plastic 4inch-ish (Look at me and my awesome explanation skills) stuff you put around flower beds? So I googled and came across this, which I think might be it.
I also came across somebody who said they built one using these materials for under $150! I'm sure I can get some rough cut lumber for posts relatively cheap, one of the properties on my street is an Amish man who does the lumber thing. This will be ideal if it's that cheap because I will need to do some major work as far as footing goes. Probably till, haul in sand, etc. I don't even know. It's Ohio? Any advice?
Anybody have experience building out of this material? It seems cheap, sturdy.
Now, how tall? How many rows/spaced how far apart? There is SO much to think about. I'll leave you with this and i'm going to go take pics of my property so maybe you can point out something i'm not seeing as far as where I can put this thing....