I just thought I'd give some ideas to people possibly looking to put up a round pen. I didn't have alot of extra money to throw up a fancy round pen, but I still wanted something that worked, and worked well. I was toying with the idea of putting up a 40ft one, but it was too small. I started researching different types. Then I had an ah-ha moment. Posts cost a pretty penny, and the 2x4x10's aren't cheap either. I needed something for the time being, and planned on putting up something nicer and bigger when I got more money years down the road. Here is what I did.
I decided on a 60ft. You can figure out how many posts you need by taking the size of your wanted round pen x 3 (3.14) and divide it by how far you want your posts to be apart. I went with 10ft since I was using 2x4x10's.
I bought 21 decent landscape timbers as my posts ( i went with a couple extra just in case). They are 3 1/2x 4 1/2x 8 & cost $4. I then bought 25 2x4x10's at $3.50 (the extra were for the gate, and I had a few around the farm. I got some 1x4x10's for the gate as well (I had 1 on the farm). Then bought 1/4 inch nylon fencing. Some of those U nails, Cattle gate hinges, some chain & a clip, a small bag of self mix concrete, & some of that ground spray paint (so I could put a stake in the center where I wanted it, tied 30 ft of twine on it and made a circle with the spray paint.
The gate is 7ft long and 5ft high.
The concrete is for the 2 posts where the gate is at. I dug the holes approx 2 ft deep. I've included 2 pics so you can see how I constructed it. I also borrowed a friends skid steer for the ground, and used my tiller to till up the land. I eventually plan on putting sand in and a gravel driveway leading up to it, but this is what it looks like now.
I did all of this for under $400. :)
How far down are the landscape timbers set in the ground? The nylon fence, how many strands?
I put the them roughly 2 ft down (22 inches) . They could have went further, but I was tired of digging (I would suggest the full 2 feet though).:-P. I used 3 strands of nylon fencing. I bought the roll of 600 ft for $45. It was the strongest they had that wasn't wire.
I have a bunch of push-in rods and with a single strand of electric ribbon, 1/2" it takes about 45 min to set it up. Horses have been behind electric so they don't test it.
That is a great idea for someone who just wants it for a horse that knows a round pen though! :-)
The nylon fencing I use has tiny wire in it so it can be converted to electric if I ever need to. Shouldn't need it though, because the pen is pretty darn strong.
Did you think about using the landscaping timbers for cap boards versus the 2X4's? They'd be stronger. You'd have to set more posts though. Hmmmm ideas whirling LOL
I had thought that, but this was the easiest solution I came up with that would do the job. I did most of it by myself so it had to be effective as far as time went too. Once I got the holes dug (you could use a post hole digger and save TONS of time), the 2nd most time consuming thing is putting up the boards around the top ( I was alone doing it). The gate took me about 1 1/2 hrs to build, and the fence took me MAYBE an hour, and that includes marking them off too.
I should say this was the cheapest solution.
That looks amazing! I'm off to count the pennies!
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Just curious if you are still happy with your solution. I've been scouring the internet to see if anyone had done this... my husband suggested this weekend that we build us a round pen versus purchasing a new one cause everywhere we went to purchase the panels, they were already rusting or the stores didn't have enough material in for us to complete our round pen. Since we just finished putting up new fencing we are still in the wood mentalitly :-) Let me know if you discovered any tricks or regrets. Many Thanks, Cathy
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