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post #1 of 8 Old 06-27-2009, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Round pen

Does anyone know how to build a roundpen? I'm planning on making one using 6ft.long and about 4 in. round fence post, I'm planning on making a 50 foot round pen but not to sure what to use for the rails, I was thinking maybe 1x6's pressure treated boards one like on the top in the middle and at the bottom, Or should I use fence with 2in.x3in. openings, what do ya'll think?

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post #2 of 8 Old 06-28-2009, 06:43 AM
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I think its cheaper and easier to buy a round pen then to try and make one. Also they are best if you put sand in them to really work the horse.
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-28-2009, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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well I already have the fence post, that I purchased very cheap, so all I have to get is the railings.A new round pen here will cost almost a 1000.00 thats why I want to try to make one myself.

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post #4 of 8 Old 06-28-2009, 10:42 AM
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If you're using 6' posts you will have to sink them about 2' - this will leave 4' above ground.

If a horse can get its head over the rails this will lead to the horse leaning on the rails / fence . If your rails are 6' long they won't stand up to a 500KG horse leaning on them.

Unless your horses are already trained to use a round pen you'll find it getting destroyed real quick

If I were you I would think again about using 6' posts - you need to have severall rails - close enough so a horse cannot get its head through them and the top rail must be above the horses eye level.
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post #5 of 8 Old 06-28-2009, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah thats whats someone else had told me, that the post and top rail has to be taller, so I'm not sure what I'm going to do....thanks

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post #6 of 8 Old 06-28-2009, 11:29 PM
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i made mine from cattle panels sest them up off the ground by using cement blocks to hold at each post while being fastened to the post they bend real easy and are sturdy and by lifting them up off the ground you dont have to worry about a foot getting caught makes the top of the fence about 5 foot i have only had problems with one colt trying to go out over the top but i never work a young one in the round per with out a lounge line on so i could correct him and he learned that going out over the top is not the thing to do
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-29-2009, 01:13 AM
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I would recommend, not putting poles close to the ground, because my horse tripped over one and nearly broke her leg.So make sure they are nice and high :)

Just a tip :)

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post #8 of 8 Old 06-30-2009, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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ok, just wanted to let ya'll know that, I am going to buy a round pen.I can get a 12 ft. panel for 59.00 each, but they are not the round tube, they are square tube,I really dont think it matters, right? So the round pen will cost me about $800. with a 4 ft. gate.

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