I just thought I'd give some ideas to people possibly looking to put up a round pen. I didn't have alot of extra money to throw up a fancy round pen, but I still wanted something that worked, and worked well. I was toying with the idea of putting up a 40ft one, but it was too small. I started researching different types. Then I had an ah-ha moment. Posts cost a pretty penny, and the 2x4x10's aren't cheap either. I needed something for the time being, and planned on putting up something nicer and bigger when I got more money years down the road. Here is what I did.
I decided on a 60ft. You can figure out how many posts you need by taking the size of your wanted round pen x 3 (3.14) and divide it by how far you want your posts to be apart. I went with 10ft since I was using 2x4x10's.
I bought 21 decent landscape timbers as my posts ( I went with a couple extra just in case). They are 3 1/2x 4 1/2x 8 & cost $4. I then bought 25 2x4x10's at $3.50 (the extra were for the gate, and I had a few around the farm. I got some 1x4x10's for the gate as well (I had 1 on the farm). Then bought 1/4 inch nylon fencing. Some of those you nails, Cattle gate hinges, some chain & a clip, a small bag of self mix concrete, & some of that ground spray paint (so I could put a stake in the center where I wanted it, tied 30 ft of twine on it and made a circle with the spray paint.
The gate is 7ft long and 5ft high.
The concrete is for the 2 posts where the gate is at. I dug the holes approx 2 ft deep. I've included 2 pics so you can see how I constructed it. I also borrowed a friends skid steer for the ground, and used my tiller to till up the land. I eventually plan on putting sand in and a gravel driveway leading up to it, but this is what it looks like now.
I did all of this for under $400. :)
I ain't as good as I'm gunna get, but I'm BETTER then I used to be.