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        01-27-2014, 05:00 PM
      #11
    Trained
    Here is my budget round pen





    Built from fence posts, bought at a farm auction for $1 a piece, and a lift of second quality 4" x 2" x 8' planks. I think the whole thing cost me less than $500 in the end

    No it isn't the sturdiest in teh world, but despite some online doubts about when I first posted it has served me well, and no one (so far) has jumped or crashed out of it. The worst damage was Willow in a bitchy mood breaking two rails kicking out at Emmy who was grazing outside.
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        02-05-2014, 11:45 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    If you can find a local traffic safety supply store--I used 'stanchions' (used to rope off areas to keep traffic out), with the rubber bases, and a roll of plastic barrier tape (traffic safety store or large box hardware store). Very movable, and relatively cheap. My cost was about $160, but I only had to construct half a round pen because I was able to use a corner of a fenced area for part of my circle/round pen.
    I was able to use a corner of fencing and added my stanchions in an arc with the ribbon to achieve a 'round' pen that had 2 straight sides with a corner and an arc--worked for me! But, if you don't have a fence to incorporate, you could use just the stanchions. Leave an area to be the entrance gate that you can 'close' after you're in there.
    My horse has never blown thru the tape, although he could very easily. I don't know about a greenish horse. It'd be easy enough to put it back up and difficult, I'd think, for the horse to hurt himself. Be sure to let them get a good look and a sniff of the tape before trying to confine them in there, especially if there's any wind as the tape moves with the wind. In fact that is the biggest disadvantage, if it's very windy, it can really wiggle. I took the tape down after every use, but left the stanchions in place.

    Hope this is helpful.
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        02-05-2014, 12:54 PM
      #13
    Foal
    I thought this looked like a good idea.

    They spent less than $150 on it! The gate posts are treated 4x4's, the rest of the posts are landscape timbers, the top rail is a 2x4 and the other "rails" are this strapping material ....

    http://www.farmtek.com/farm/supplies...30_CC5335.html

    They are thrilled with it. It's safe - if a horse hits it, they just kind of bounce off of it, it has held up to 100 mph winds (we had an F3 tornado touch down just 3 miles away this weekend) and it still looks great. The posts are 10 feet apart and the strapping doesn't even flap, not even a little, in the wind. It was EASY to install! It took more time to paint the landscape timbers than it did to install the strapping!

    We did 4 "rails" for a 60' round pen and only used 2.5 rolls.
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        02-16-2014, 04:48 AM
      #14
    Foal
    This is not exactly removable, but only cost about $60 between fence posts and cement. The gate was given to me. Used the cross rails from trees on the property. Works great!

         
        02-16-2014, 09:35 AM
      #15
    Foal
    I've never done it but I have seen one online made of tires. It just looks like tires stacked, filled with dirt and posts used to keep it up/stable.

    Freelunging Fry

    If you want to try it check with local mechanics and car shops, they have to pay to get rid of tires so they will let you have them. We use tires to go around ground hog holes in the pasture and just ask them for one. I don't know if it would be different if you needed 100+lol.

    You can also look on craigslist for a round pen, I've seen a couple for sale in our area that were pretty big (60ft+) for less than $400. They were a little rusty but not bad. They didn't match our panels so we didn't get any.
         

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