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post #1 of 19 Old 09-18-2012, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
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Cheapest Arena

Hi guys,

Tax return is on it's way so I'm putting up an 'arena'. Currently riding in the 18 acre paddock with 3 other horses. Definitely not a good idea on my greenie.

So far the cheapest construction I've come up with is pickets and Poly rope. OBVIOUSLY capped pickets.

I'm tossing up using insulators or electric rope but don't have a unit.

Looking at double strand fencing using 1.6m pickets.

No arena surface.

60x20 on a slight incline. Enough to throw my balance off slightly but that'll soon be fixed. Surely it can only help my horses balance and muscle tone to be on a slight slope.

I know it's not ideal but it's better then working with the other horses.

Does anyone have any other cheap ideas? I want it big enough to do some jumping in.
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post #2 of 19 Old 09-18-2012, 10:44 AM
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Did you mean to say 60x200 instead of 60 x 20?
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post #3 of 19 Old 09-18-2012, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Nope. I realize at this size I can only have a couple of single fences. But can't go much bigger cost wise
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post #4 of 19 Old 09-18-2012, 11:30 PM
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Why fence at all? I bought a drag for a couple hundred, and a harrow for a couple hundred... use my pickup to harrow the "arena" then the drag to smooth it. I have a 100 by 200 smooth area to work my horses and the grass/weeds grow around it... clearly defining the area. I put my other horse in a stall or the front paddock while I use my arena, which is right behind my barn on my five acre property... it works well for me, maybe something for you to consider. A 20 foot wide arena is REALLY tight.
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post #5 of 19 Old 09-19-2012, 12:20 AM
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I have a feeling the op means 60X20 meters, but I could be wrong.
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post #6 of 19 Old 09-19-2012, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
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Yup definitely meters. We have no other paddocks or barn I figured if I make it arena size I can ride in it or lock the other horses in and ride out of it. My green I just like the security of a fence.
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post #7 of 19 Old 09-19-2012, 05:30 AM
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60x20 is the standard size in Australia.

I wouldn't use electric tape because it might make your horse go away from it - and if you get him uses to it then he might not respect fences.

A problem you might have is tension with rope, and the stability of star pickets under tension, because, in my experience they tend to lean. At the least, I think it would be a good idea to concrete in a pole in every corner.
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post #8 of 19 Old 09-19-2012, 05:52 AM Thread Starter
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Where she was previously the riding area was old electric tape so she's pretty much used to it. I don't want her bumping the fence anyway. But good point.

Stability is a really good point I hadn't thought of that! Rope doesn't need to be too tight so hopefully I'll get away with it.

Was looking at the pickets being pretty close 4m down the long sides, 5 across the shorts and 3 between corners and f,k,h. So hopefully I'll be ok. If not I can concrete them after the fact.
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post #9 of 19 Old 09-19-2012, 10:59 AM
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Do you really need "walls" or would just a boundary do? If just a boundary will do you could buy posts and lay them on the ground.
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post #10 of 19 Old 09-19-2012, 11:14 AM
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I use push -ins made by Gallagher. They have a pig tail (literally) at the top so easy to string up and take down. It only needs to be electrified once. Go buy one, keep it real clean then return it. Work your horse about 6' away from it. No matter what you string your posts with be sure there's a weak join in case a horse goes thro it, something will let go.
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