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    01-06-2012, 05:16 PM
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Weanling
Would this be OK to use as a round pen?

So, one of my goals this year: GET A ROUND PEN. Or at least, a temporary version of one...Metal panels are pretty expensive when they're $60 per 12' panel, so I was thinking, hey why not put up a temporary version? Here is a picture of a post I use with my horse's pen:




I was thinking using some of those with some electric fence tape, but the tape will not be hooked up to electricity. A round pen with electricity is a no no no no I would just use the wire I have, but I don't want him to think the round pen is electric. Also, would it be ok to just have the footing grass? Or should I put sand over it? I know the fence post is kinda short, but what do you think?
     
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    01-06-2012, 05:34 PM
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Started
I did that with my first round pen... found out I wasted more money and time trying to make it work then getting the panels.

But... if you get the right height t-post and can figure out your horse wont try to bust thru it, it can be workable. My horses barged thru it so then I had to electrify it and then I just gave up and went to panels lol :)

As for footing I started off with grass but if and when you put sand down remember to think about drainage so rocks underneath to make it level and drain water, then sand or rubber on top and level it off. And once you put footing down it really makes it difficult to move the pen else where because you probably wont be able to get all of it up :)

Have fun with your project :)
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    01-06-2012, 05:43 PM
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Weanling
High enough, and somewhere that's fenced beyond the pen, it could work. I would suggest electrifying it and letting the horses in it on their own so they know it is electrified. Then when you work with them not have the fence on, they may respect it more and be less encouraged to try an escape.
     
    01-06-2012, 05:59 PM
  #4
Weanling
Kait18- your horses barged through it with you in there? I wouldn't want to electrify it because he has a ''healthy'' fear of electric fence... I wouldn't want to get close to it even if it was off, because he still freaks when he touches it and it's off. This is mainly just going to be used as an arena (thats basically what round pens are...DUH lol) and turnout time in here would be very minimal. That's partly why I don't want to electrify it.
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    01-06-2012, 06:13 PM
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Started
I personally would not use wire for anything that isn't hot wire. But that's just me. If you're going to use something that isn't a panel - have you considered rope? I did that before I had enough panels to complete my round pen and the horses respected it just fine.
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    01-06-2012, 06:15 PM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by crimsonsky    
i personally would not use wire for anything that isn't hot wire. But that's just me. If you're going to use something that isn't a panel - have you considered rope? I did that before I had enough panels to complete my round pen and the horses respected it just fine.
Yeah I was actually considering rope. Like boat rope? I wasn't going to use the wire I was going to use the tape. It's more visible anyways.
     
    01-06-2012, 06:23 PM
  #7
Trained
LOL, I was wondering why I was having so much trouble getting my horses to work on the rail in my arena this year, I eventually worked out that the yellow thin rope I have used to fence it off looks very like electric tape to the guys and they don't want to go near it at all, it made working very hard. They have a VERY healthy respect of hot wire, lol.

I may work for you, but if you could source some bales and some poles it might make a better job. Keep an open mind and look in your local papers or online places for cheap wood or give aways, you may be surprised what you could find to use.
     
    01-06-2012, 07:01 PM
  #8
Started
I used this stuff as it was easy to get and economical: braided polypropylene rope
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    01-06-2012, 07:04 PM
  #9
Yearling
What about poles similar to the ones you showed in the picture but use that orange plastic construction fencing that they sell at like Home Depot or Lowes? It is pretty cheap from my understanding and is about five feet high.
     
    01-07-2012, 12:07 AM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by nicole25    
What about poles similar to the ones you showed in the picture but use that orange plastic construction fencing that they sell at like Home Depot or Lowes? It is pretty cheap from my understanding and is about five feet high.
you mean this stuff? Redirect Notice
     

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