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    05-28-2012, 09:17 PM
  #1
Weanling
Circular pennage

Has anyone built their own permanent round pen? Or at least more permanent than the connectable/mobile stock panel type.

Considering fully enclosed/walled as opposed to open view (if that makes sense?).

What were costs like? Did you haul in footing, level ground, leave ground as it was, ? What kind of footing did you use if you did haul some in?

How big/tall is your pen?

Cheers,
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ETA: What do you do to ensure good drainage?
     
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    05-28-2012, 10:45 PM
  #2
Yearling
Dang it. Someone just built one for cheap on here and I can't find the post! Landscaping timbers for posts...looking some more for it
     
    05-28-2012, 10:50 PM
  #3
Weanling
Thanks!

What are thoughts on railroad ties as posts with 2x6 slats (either fully enclosed, or just 3 slats per section as a panel).

Forgive my wordiness; having one of those brain fart days ;)

Cheers,
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    05-28-2012, 11:08 PM
  #4
Yearling
HA I found it

Cheap roundpen
     
    05-28-2012, 11:24 PM
  #5
Yearling
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Originally Posted by RunSlideStop    
Thanks!

What are thoughts on railroad ties as posts with 2x6 slats (either fully enclosed, or just 3 slats per section as a panel). That would be one sturdy pen! I never understood the solid panels, I know their purpose, but just never grasped the concept so IMO the rails would be fine. I'd think 2X6's would be fine for railing.

Forgive my wordiness; having one of those brain fart days ;)

Cheers,
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I hope that link helps. I rather liked that idea. If you sunk the posts further it might be a little better. But if you weren't breaking horses in it so much as using it for training, I'd think it would work out pretty well.

ETA: Our old round pen we leveled and used the packed clay till we could get sand. Then I didn't like the sand. So I bought a pea gravel/sand mix and loved it. I'll ask DH what it is called since I can never remember. It got a little dusty so I sprinkled it before using it. The gravel stayed put really well. No washing away or drainage problems. Caps were 5 and 1/2 ft since were broke a few in there.
     
    06-05-2012, 12:40 AM
  #6
Foal
Just curious, did you build your round pen out of wood? I've been scouring the internet to see if anyone had done this... my husband suggested this weekend that we build us a round pen versus purchasing a new one cause everywhere we went to purchase the panels, they were already rusting or the stores didn't have enough material in for us to complete our round pen. Since we just finished putting up new fencing we are still in the wood mentalitly Let me know if you discovered any tricks or regrets. Many Thanks, Cathy
     
    06-05-2012, 03:24 AM
  #7
Weanling
Cathy, have not built mine yet. Don't yet have the property, just planning in advance. Personally, for training's sake, I am going to use a wooden pen with posts set in the ground (probably good quality railroad ties), and 8' walls (either solid, or more likely 3 rails of structurally reinforced 2x6 boards. We will see how this pans out when the time comes.

I am not a big fan of the pre-fab metal ones as I have seen a 2 year old draft baby completely mangle a pen in a single bound. Do not want to see any ponies getting legs ripped up in aluminum railing should something go wrong.

Cheers,
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    06-05-2012, 01:23 PM
  #8
Foal
I put up a 60' round pen, four rails high on PT fence posts and it works just fine for us. Some people like em higher and stouter. Lumber ran me about $500.

A note on lumber. Landscaping timbers tend to rot out sooner than most pressure treated posts. And if you buy used RR ties for anything make sure they are not rotted inside.
     
    06-05-2012, 03:36 PM
  #9
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by RunSlideStop    
Thanks!

What are thoughts on railroad ties as posts with 2x6 slats (either fully enclosed, or just 3 slats per section as a panel).

Forgive my wordiness; having one of those brain fart days ;)

Cheers,
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I built a 50' Round pen last summer at my old place with railroad ties as posts and I used 3 2x6 slats and it worked great! I use it for breaking horses and I broke SEVERAL in it last fall and only ever had one slat get knocked down and that was by one BRONC'EY mustang ha ha!
     
    06-05-2012, 03:40 PM
  #10
Weanling
I would like to suggest if possible make your round pen 75' across at least. I found my 50 footer very usable but if I just had that 25' more I could have cantered alot easier in it.
     

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