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    05-24-2012, 01:49 PM
  #21
Weanling
(side note - I really don't like this "old thread warning" idea! I'd rather continue a discussion where good points have already been made than make people repeat themselves!)

We're looking at building a round pen, and have two spots on our yard that could work - one would give us an area big enough for a 35' round pen, the other could be up to 60'. I'd prefer NOT to use the larger area since eventually we'd like to build a barn in that area. I've read some conflicting things about the size... some people seem to think 35' would be ok, others think that anything less than 50' is just way too small. I would be working my 14.2 h Arab x mare in it. (Though eventually we're hoping to buy another horse for my husband and it would probably be bigger than my petite little mare!)

Anyway, basically I'm just wondering what other (more experienced) people's opinions are - should we sacrifice the possible barn spot for the bigger pen, or stick with the 35'?
     
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    05-24-2012, 02:08 PM
  #22
Yearling
The barn I'm at ahs a 60ft, and I think it's a decent size. Works well for round-penning.
     
    05-24-2012, 02:08 PM
  #23
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by Hunter65    
Our round pen is 40' which I find works well. My old barns was probably about 20" waaay too small.
20 inches?
     
    05-24-2012, 02:19 PM
  #24
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hunter65
Our round pen is 40' which I find works well. My old barns was probably about 20" waaay too small.


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Originally Posted by mls    
20 inches?

VERRY tiny horses
     
    05-24-2012, 02:29 PM
  #25
Green Broke
I think the one where I board is around 65ft?

Large enough you can ride comfortably in it at a walk/trot.

I don't lunge in it though, if I am going to lunge my horse I head for the arena and lunge him on a lunge line.
     
    05-24-2012, 03:29 PM
  #26
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Adam    
VERRY tiny horses
you never know, the stud at the farm I got my miniatures was 27"!

It seems most people prefer larger pens, 50-65'. I still prefer the idea of that 35' spot (it just works better on the yard and our future plans)... but I don't want to build something I'll regret later. I won't be working with very young or very green horses, I'm not sure if that makes a 35' better or worse...
     
    05-24-2012, 03:41 PM
  #27
Started
I've had a 40', 50' and 60' roundpen. So far i'd say my fav is the 60' because it gives you so many options as to ground work or riding whereas the smaller ones feel limiting, imo.
     
    05-24-2012, 03:54 PM
  #28
Trained
I need to wax a little--seems like we all go overboard on a good thing. I use a ~ square training area. It's 55' x 65'. It's big enough to "round pen", but good for other training, too, like a small arena. I work out problems and I can loose-lunge and lunge on a line, AND school in it too.
I also use my rectangular fenced-in North Pasture. IT is 250' by 310'. (I know all of the dimensions bc in 2008 I had my property fenced in. I measured EVERYTHING so that they had enough materials to finish.)
THIS is big enough to do pretty much everything else, including driving IF I ever get the horse to do it. =b
Listen, you need ~50' diameter, but for some work the 15' will work, it's just Very Limited.
Round Pen work isn't everything. It's a good start and a good warmup and a good refresh-training area, but it will limit you.
Sometimes you have to use your body like your horse does to understand if the training is pleasant, useful or grueling, which over and over again round pen work CAN be. Try bending your body and jogging circles--it can really hurt. It stretches and contracts muscles and can get old and painful to your horse.
I like to make my horse work and please me AND have a good time doing it, too.
It's a means-to-an-end but not the end.
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    05-24-2012, 04:18 PM
  #29
Green Broke
I'm not sure of diameter. I have 10 x 16' panels.

Edit, I just did the math, that would be a 50'
     

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