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post #1 of 15 Old 03-07-2013, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
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round pen help

My husband and I are needing to put up a round pen (on a budget) to help train two of our three horses. My sister bought me the posts for my birthday, but I am debating on what to use for the sides. I have thought about using welded wire set a foot off the ground and stapled to each post, or using 2" recycled tire fencing that I can get from here We Recycle Tires - Home. My horses have a healthy respect for fences and do fine on a lunge line, but they still need some ground training work and I need a safe area where my 10 year old daughter can ride and I don't have to worry about the horse taking off with her. Has anyone seen people use welded wire on a round pen. Granted, it would be a temporary solution till we built up more money to put boards up, but I would like thoughts and opinions.
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post #2 of 15 Old 03-07-2013, 08:47 AM
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not all of us can afford to build fancy round pens if the horse respects it i say use it ive seen a single wire round pen and it worked just fine
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My friend built a round pen last year and like you she could not afford to finish it right away. She put on the top rail and then used orange snow fence stapled at mid hight. It works great.
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If someone's going to ride in it, make sure nothing's sticking out the top. You just never know what's going to happen. So whatever you use, put something smooth across the top of whatever your supports are, 2x4's or something.
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I agree with palogal that whatever you use should be safe for the humans, particularly kids. I have seen high tinsel wire used and that is scary because the wrong horse doing the wrong thing with the wrong kid and you get a serious injury. If you child is going to ride in the area, think safety and respect.
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Check with local sawmills to see if they offer something inexpensive. That's what we did and so far it's worked pretty good.
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post #7 of 15 Old 03-07-2013, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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what i was thinking was that I could put the post 3' in the ground leaving roughly 5' up. The welded wire fence I can get cheaply a 4' in height on 100' rolls. I would start it from ground level up 4' then put a 2x4 across the top foot for safety. If I use the welded wire, the round pen has the added benefit of being able to put the dogs somewhere safe when I need to confine them and the horse weren't in it of course.
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post #8 of 15 Old 03-07-2013, 01:13 PM
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dl....I hope you dont mind me asking but what do you consider a "budget"? We just built a 50 foot round pen for about $500.00*-155407/
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that is pretty much what I am looking at croneshubby...I read your post and love that idea...I need to get my but to the store and price the boards...last year, they were high, but maybe they have come back down since construction is starting back...
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This is not a great pic but gives you an idea of what type of boards you can get from a sawmill. I don't remember exact price but they were cheap. We already had the cedar posts. It's about two years old now and we do have a few broken boards around the bottom but we're thinking of lining the inside bottom with used conveyor belting for added strength and protection.

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