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Squeak 04-23-2010 06:16 PM

Building a roundpen...
As some of you have noticed, i have a couple young horses in training. And i have a loony mare that needs refreshed. I was going to buy a trail horse, but i'm wondering now if, at least for now... I should use that money to build a roundpen?

We have a tight budget at the moment due to me losing my job. I was thinking if i could do something for $300 or under, I could still get a trail horse when i come across one in the near future that is what i'm looking for (i've had no luck so far).

The area i work in now is just a small portion of field that is not fenced in. I'm kind of "out of space" so to speak, but i might be able to talk my guy into stealing some of our "yard" space... for a roundpen/arena if it LOOKS NICE! It has to look nice.

I live in Ohio so it's very wet here. I have noticed driving by multiple horse owner properties, these roundpens made out of wood posts and what looked to me like (haha) the landscaping plastic 4inch-ish (Look at me and my awesome explanation skills) stuff you put around flower beds? So i googled and came across this, which i think might be it.

Batten Tape

I also came across somebody who said they built one using these materials for under $150! I'm sure i can get some rough cut lumber for posts relatively cheap, one of the properties on my street is an Amish man who does the lumber thing. This will be ideal if it's that cheap because i will need to do some major work as far as footing goes. Probably till, haul in sand, etc. I don't even know. It's Ohio? Any advice?

Anybody have experience building out of this material? It seems cheap, sturdy.

Now, how tall? How many rows/spaced how far apart? There is SO much to think about. I'll leave you with this and i'm gonna go take pics of my property so maybe you can point out something i'm not seeing as far as where i can put this thing....


smrobs 04-23-2010 06:28 PM

That seems like a good item for fencing a paddock but it isn't something that I would use in a roundpen. IMHO, a roundpen (especially where there will be young/green/problem horses worked) needs to be really sturdy. I personally prefer the solid pipe panels at least 6' tall. However, most pipe panels are not cheap. A pen of wood planks would be better and a lot of people get along with them but I, personally, don't like wood pens either. It may be in your best interest to find something that would work for you and then work your budget to fit it in, even if it takes a couple of months of saving. IMHO, it would be better to buy something high quality from the get go rather than spend what you have budgeted now on something that you find out later isn't quite as good as you originally thought.

Squeak 04-23-2010 06:46 PM

I thought so too when it comes to safety/sturdiness. (one of the ones i drove past, was loose... and i thought "How in the world...") but i think that may have been builder error.

Then i read this (posted on another forum, can't link it and it even has PICTURES and it looks super nice, almost like painted wood from a distance).


We are thrilled with it. It's safe - if a horse hits it, they just kind of bounce off of it, it has held up to 100 mph winds (we had an F3 tornado touch down just 3 miles away this weekend) and it still looks great. Our posts are 10 feet apart and the strapping doesn't even flap, not even a little, in the wind. It was EASY to install! It took more time to paint the landscape timbers than it did to install the strapping!
I can't find anything but that when i google though, maybe this is a best kept secret at this point? The pictures i saw looked amazing. Better than bright red corral gates, IMO!

Heres what i'm thinking, illustrated with a pic. My only option is probably right here:
And as you can see my lawn mower decided to die before i even got one strip cut. Anyway... grrr...

Behind me is the house/garage. Between that and the barn is our huge fenced in yard for the dogs, which between that and the barn theres only a smallish walkway. Then we have our chicken coop/run, a pond, and a good sized side yard. However, it's not level AT ALL and i have a clothes line and other various things there. The rest (all 9 acres) is fenced in. The side yard would look BETTER because it would be set back, but it would then be really far from the barn.

I think i really like this idea, I hope somebody has tried it and can pipe up!

ShutUpJoe 04-23-2010 06:54 PM

BO just got an actual round pen on craigslist for $350. She put an ad on there and someone e-mailed her. It needs painted but it's an actual panel roundpen.

Squeak 04-23-2010 10:19 PM

I just found a roundpen online made out of TIRES. I have a whole pile of tires, hundreds probably, that were here when we moved in...

It won't look nice, but maybe i could find somewhere to put it in the pasture? I'm gonna try to find out more about this. They just kinda piled the tires up in a circle and drilled holes in them to let them drain so misquito's couldn't nest. How cool is that? I've been trying to figure out something to do with all these tires!

Plains Drifter 04-23-2010 10:32 PM


Originally Posted by Squeak (Post 613590)
I just found a roundpen online made out of TIRES. I have a whole pile of tires, hundreds probably, that were here when we moved in...

Do you have a picture or link of this?

Squeak 04-23-2010 10:37 PM

Plains Drifter 04-23-2010 10:42 PM

Thank you! Definately not what I had pictured.

Squeak 04-23-2010 10:48 PM

LOL It's not very nice looking, i know. I'm wondering, will have to ask the male of the house... if it would be possible to build it out behind a big hill we have that was the dirt from our pond. We call it "the dirt pile" - the people just left it that way. You wouldn't be able to see it them, and it probably wouldn't cost much to plant bushes around it in the future.

Definitely wouldn't be able to put THAT where i had in mind to begin with :P

ShutUpJoe 04-23-2010 11:29 PM

That tire round pen is AWESOME.....hmmmm

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