Round Pen on a budget?
My boarding facility has one round pen, owned by another boarder and we used to be able to use it but now it has a lock upon it. Don't ask why, nothing was damaged or done to it, it's a long story with drama unfortunately.
So I have taken it upon myself to try and get creative and build my own round pen. I have the location in mind already as well as begun getting the ground level and correct for use. I was thinking about a 60 ft one and I am even open to having it be more on the portable side if I were to need to take it down (heaven forbid).
Here is the kicker (excuse the pun). I am a nursing student and work at a Quik Trip, so funds are limited. I am also going to ask other boarders who expressed the want of another round pen if they'd be open to helping fund one if I built one for all of us to have access to. I have read articles online about budget ideas for this but you can never have too much research on this type of project. We need it sturdy enough to handle a green horse (though most of our horses are mature, we do have one 4 year old) but otherwise most of the other horses using it are very well schooled in round pens and respectful. Any ideas or suggestions are well welcomed and thank you for taking the time to read the post. :)
There are portable round pens you can buy. This way you can take it with you when you go. It's not cheap though, so the "budget" part isn't there.
I'm curious, how does one boarder "own" the round pen built on someone else's property? I've never heard of that.
I've been looking into budget round pens lately too. I've found 50ft pens (traditional panel) starting at 500 which seems super cheap. I'd like to plan a trip to the facility to see the quality though...
I think the panel type work really well. I like that they are tall, movable, sturdy, and can be multi-purposed.
With this particular instance, there are so many variables...
Is the barn owner going to chip in? If you get enough people chipping in, you may be able to afford the round pen of your dreams. :) Although, with everyone chipping in, there are "more cooks in the kitchen" who may want something other than what you want.
It may get fuzzy if one of the people who chipped in leaves the barn and wants to take a piece of their investment with them...and then you're left with only part of a round pen - if you go with the gate / panel style round pen. So with that in mind, maybe something permanent, cemented in the ground would be a good option...? I read one article that listed a DIY wood pen with top plank for around 550. It listed instructions as well which was nice.
Whichever way you go, I'd type the agreements out on paper, have a pic of the round pen planned, estimated cost, and get a signature from everyone (including the BO) so that there are no misunderstandings.
Get 5' rebar at the hardware store. It probably comes in 10' lengths. Get 5/8" diam. Pound these in at a slight outward angle then string wire. The ribs in the rebar will enable you to tie the wire in place. Run two strands about 18" apart. If the horses have ever been behind electric they will respect this. Don't leave a horse in there unattended or it may start checking it out more than you want. For a 60' pen, with an 8' spacing you need 25, 10'-17, 12'-14. And extra one or two always come in handy. To remove them if they won't budge, a Jackall with a cable loop will lift them out. The 5/8" is strong enough to wiggle a bit without bending. I bo't the push in rods and realized my mistake as they barely go into the ground and are a tad short.
Rebar and wire sounds very scary :shock:
In a boarding situation the whole thing is a bit odd to me,how can you choose an area and get the ground levelled, in a boarding facility??
If you put up your own pen what would be the insurance ramifications of an accident, thinking about those rebars again! Then you also have to think about ownership, I don't know what the technicalities are but you may find if you put something up you no longer own it.
Much cheaper and easier to buy a lunge line, you don't need a round pen.
Go on Craigslist and see if anyone has any free plastic pallets. I WAS thinking about using the wood ones but would worry about the nails and staples.
Just wire them together and TA DA! Free round pen.
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All I can picture here is a horse death trap. I don't see how this is in any way, shape or form safe.
Op, save your money and use a lunge line for now.
Thanks for all the input. The location where my horses are is on an all pasture 130 acres (divided into 3 pastures, with 5 stalls for use of injuries or limited walking desired). My horses are lucky enough to enjoy the almost all natural life except they're fed and have shelter to go to in case of bad weather.
The round pen that is owned by another boarder was brought when she moved her mules here and is in a common area that is not in any of the pasture. The location I'd ideally use is somewhat near where hers is, so there's plenty of room. Already measured and such just wanting to get a head start on saving up after I ask the barn managers permission. It originally was for everyone's use until a few weeks ago and no one knows why or what occurred but it seems to be only her clique may use it.
I have seen a few plans and have started laying out costs and no worries I plan on getting EVERYTHING in paper as well as a list of who can use it, which personally I do not care as I think a round pen is good for everyone. As for the rebar option that just doesn't sound safe to me. And I already have a lunge line and I have been using it but I'd also like to work my horse off of the line as well as we have some boarders with kids who feel more comfortable on the family horses within a round pen. For now I will suffice with the lunge line but still would like a round pen, if anything for the rest of us who used to use the old one.
Thanks for the replies, definitely helped me put some more things down on my list of things to do, people to talk to, and steps to take. For now lunge lines it is, and I am going to keep my eyes out on sales and people getting rid of equipment. Also sorry for lack of clarity as far as the placement and setting of the boarding facility. It's more so just all pasture with shelters, LOTS of trails, and the one round pen lol. If anyone else has ideas or advice please keep it coming. :)
I've used t-posts, with caps of course, and 1 1/2" white fence tape with great success when I needed a temp round pen. 3-4 strands will keep most respectful horses at bay and its pretty inexpensive as well as mobile if you ever wish to move it. I like the plastic pallet idea too but not sure how easy they would be to get and would be an eyesore IMO.
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