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    07-12-2011, 11:29 PM

I would like to build a roundpen at home. I am wondering what diameter would be best, 50' or 60'

Would a wooden pen or galvanized panels be better, and how high should it be? Should kick boards be used, and is sand good enough for the base or should you use something else?

Built a loafing shed for the horses last October, we got lots of snow last winter and up to -40C. Those two horses would not even go inside it, now its full of my trapping supplies.
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    07-13-2011, 12:17 AM
I know nothing of the like, but I'd go with 60ft just cause its bigger ;)
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    07-13-2011, 07:36 PM
I like the steal tubing for fence and either a loose dirt or sandy soil for the footing, but that's just my preference. 60ft is nice too, more room to maneuver.
    07-13-2011, 09:44 PM
I don't know squat about round pens, but if you want to drop off the shed at my place, my horse would love that thing. Nice work.
    07-13-2011, 09:47 PM
My trainer said a sort of ground up rubber ( like coffee grounds sized ) is good footing. I don't know :P
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    07-13-2011, 10:00 PM
Depending what you are going to do with the pen should determine the size. If you are going to ride a good deal and maybe work a cow, I would go with the 60' but if you are starting a horse or doing mostly training, 45' is typical.

Sand gives a good combo of footing and drainage while the type of material you use for the circumference will also depend on what you want to do. For most situations, metal panels are fine. If you are good with wood (as you were with the shed), wood looks good but requires much more maintenance.

On a personal note, my old round pen was 60' panels and I used to work cows in it. I found it too large for normal use.
    07-13-2011, 10:14 PM
Iride said it very well. If you are planning to do a lot of work that requires room like working cattle or loping a lot under saddle, then I would go ahead with 60'. If you are training green horses, I like something quite a bit smaller, mine is probably 40-45' and plenty big for greenies.

I am a huge fan of the steel panels because they last longer, require less maintenance, and you can pick them up and move them easily if you need to, plus you don't have to worry as much about injury from a horse kicking out a plank and leaving a jagged wooden harpoon sticking out for someone to get impaled on. As for height, I like mine at 6' tall. The easier a horse can get his head over it, the more likely they are to try jumping out (talking about unhandled and/or green horses here).

About the footing, sand is great if you can get it. I just put the round pen up and whatever type of ground happens to be there is the footing that I use. But, I just use it for starting green horses and they don't spend a whole lot of time in there.
    07-14-2011, 08:15 AM
I have steel tubular stock panels for my round pen. I started with a 60ft diameter, but reduced it to 50ft. Where I set up the round pen I didn't add anything for footing. It worked fine. I only did ground work so the footing was not crucial for cushioning.
    07-14-2011, 08:34 AM
Horses often don't go in a shelter during the winter but will definitely want to be in where it's dark when the biting insects emerge. They would need big tarps hung on the doorways to help keep it dark and fewer bugs.
    07-14-2011, 08:41 AM
Ours is about 25 metres, which google says is 82 feet. It does me well.

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