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post #1 of 4 Old 07-09-2013, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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Round pen sizing questions

Disclaimer: I am not good in math and I just want a quick answer. Can someone tell me how many panels you need for a 50' round pen? If the panels are 10' or 12'. I found a good response on a forum I was on yesterday and I thought I saved the link, but can't find it now.

I found this ad: ($900)
Set of 8, 12' panels + connection chains. Made by Behlen Country. Galvanized. Each panel is = 64" tall, weighs 65 lbs, with 6 rails. Overall dimensions{144" X 2" X 64"}. 6' X 9' promo arch gate, 6 rails. Well suited to use with horses or livestock. Local pick up for cash only.

Or this one:
This is for $85 a panel
The circumference is 165 feet and the radius is 26.26 feet. The total area is 2166 Sq. feet. We used it to comfortably train 2 horses (one at a time) and we gave up on the last one because he just wont listen. Now we don't plan on training anymore. If you would like to come take a look at them you are more then welcome.
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-09-2013, 01:09 PM
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50' diameter will have a 157' circumference
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-09-2013, 02:14 PM
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C= 3.14 X d or C = 3.14 X 2 x r

8 panels at 12' equals 96' for your circumference or a distance across of 30' 6" roughly. Add in the 9' gate panel and you are looking at 33 1/3 across roughly.
The other would be 13 panels of 12' plus a gate. About $1200 for 53 feet across. I'd go with the larger if it is sturdy.
Hope I did that math right. If it is 10 foot panels then 16 at 85 or almost $1400. I wouldn't be working two horses in a 50" round pen.

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What I don't like about the Behlen's is the rounded shoulders, easy for a horse to get a hoof caught in it. I've seen it happen. There is also a thin metal supporting bar in each 12' length, another horse hazard. Why not put wood posts in yourself, using pressure treated 8 footers with two brace posts for the gate? You can then use 2x8 lumber. If that brings the cost too high, run wide electric ribbon around, about 4 rows or alternate lumber and ribbon. I saw an old round pen in the mtns and it must have been 80 yrs old. The posts leaned outward to accommodate the rider's legs and the rails were small trees. I wish I knew which kind. They were secured to the posts and each other with thin strips of rawhide that is extremely tight when it shrinks after a good rain. I was amazed at it's good condition and it was still in use.
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