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    09-19-2012, 07:16 PM
  #11
Yearling
Yes I need walls there are 3 other horses in the paddock and the whole idea is to be seperated from them and have an enclosed space to work the greenie.

When I've used step ins previously they've seemed quite unstable. They seem great for a temporary arena.
Also I have no electric unit can't really afford to buy one at the moment either.
I Plan on leaving the arena up. Not banging in 40 pickets just to take them out again ! Also I''m not good at the clean thing.
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    09-19-2012, 08:54 PM
  #12
Trained
Could you put it in a corner? That way you could use two existing fence lines. And horses are less likely to go through and check it out. Even if they would try, it would be easy to take down the other two sides, leaving the stakes in, just take off the tape/ rope.
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    09-19-2012, 10:47 PM
  #13
Green Broke
I like deserthorsewoman's idea.

Using just rope and star pickets permenently could turn out badly. With rope that stretches and isn't taunt, and star pickets that can quite easily bend/loosen, you might end up with tangled legs. You don't seem many people using rope and I imagine this is why.

Although while you're riding, you could just rope off two fence lines, and then take it down when you're not there.

At my place I have to head through this paddock to get my horse out, I don't feel so comfortable so I put up a rope to block them off. It wouldn't hold up or be safe for long periods, but it does the job while I'm watching.
     
    09-19-2012, 10:58 PM
  #14
Trained
Giu could use rope and star pickets, all set up to the right length, the corner post marked as such. Then all it takes is ripping it out, fold it, harmonika-like and have it ready to go for next time.
Provided star pickets are what im thinking about.....plastic sticks with a metal tip and a "step"?
Sorry, German...
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    09-19-2012, 11:03 PM
  #15
Trained
Not done with the brainstorming just yet
What you would need then : 1 roll(200m) of tape or rope, 20 sticks-posts-pickets and maybe 4 insulators to out in the paddock fence posts to attach the rope/tape to.
Done brainstorming....I think
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    09-20-2012, 10:58 PM
  #16
Yearling
Using existing fencing isn't an option unfortunately. The terrain is unrideable in some sections other sections are almost gutter like and flood and kangaroos frequent the top half of the property. The corners are worse. What that does mean is I have high ground with decent drainage.

There are a few trees I could use but I'm wary of that with roots branches etc

Dad suggested setting up a base support for corner pickets, 2 small pickets on each corner pickets innthe ground on a 45deg angle forming a triangle which I'd then cover in rocks / bricks / tires so legs don't go through.

Deserthorsewoman those are step ins the star pickets I'm referring to are steel tposts hammered into the ground.
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    09-20-2012, 11:08 PM
  #17
Trained
I was afraid that it wouldn't work, would have been too easy...
Dad's idea sounds good. Something to think about in case my fence line turns out to be uneven
     
    09-20-2012, 11:26 PM
  #18
Weanling
We Are currently making an arena...
We bought 70 of those metal electric fence posts that stake into the ground (portable maybe?) with the loop at the top ...super super cheap to buy. Cost us about $350 for all of them.
We're leveling out an area, but it's going to be 100x100 and were putting a fence post about every 6 ft. And using electric fence tape around it although were not actually going to plug it in, just there for a barrier.
It works for our neighbors, (same setup) maybe it'll work for you?
     
    09-20-2012, 11:59 PM
  #19
Yearling
Double s
I figured tposts would be stronger and poly rope would stretch less.
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