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Building round pen
Does anyone have any ideas or examples of what they have seen/done of homemade round pens? I am looking to get my own in the long run but it's not currently in the budget and I have my new horse coming in this week that I'd like to have it for.
I had been thinking of using t-posts with caps as posts and pvc pipe as rails but not sure if that would work???
In a pinch, the "cheapest" thing you'd want to do is buy some posts (or whittle them yourself, LOL) and pound them yourself with two rails.
A round pen is a kind of an important piece of equipment and it needs at least BASIC stability or there's no point in even having one. Bumping into something that will immediately fall over is not helpful and is also dangerous.
Unfortunately, there's no cutting corner on this one - wood posts and a minimum of two rails is absolutely necessary unless you want to spend extra money on vet bills.
One of the first stables I was at had one made with regular backyard fence....you know the plank type with the dogear tops....anyway, it was great in one aspect, there was nothing to keep the horses attention from you because they couldn't see out. The bad part was, if the horse went nuts and you had to bail out of the round pen, um....you couldn't without opening the gate and well you don't' want to open the gate on a horse going nuts! ha ha.
I would skip on the PVC, if the horse really banged into that or threw you into it it could break and cause some pretty bad injuries!!
Just my opinion, but if you have to BAIL from a round pen during a training session...maybe you shouldn't be training? Completely defeats the purpose...
my aunt built one, about 8 (maybe more or less) feet tall, with normal wooden fence boards. But the board had no spaces between them, so no bailing! But it's super sturdy, they don't usually work with stallions(only young colts) and my aunt has no patience for crazy animals, if one tryed to hurt her it would be off that property faster then you can blink.
I have also seen metal ones that were kinds temperary, they were pretty darn solid, I've watched horses slam themselves up against then without them moving an inch, but it's really easy to picture a horse getting caught on it.
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No, it makes sense to bail if there's literally no other option...just hard to picture since I've never worked a stallion other than our old Welsh Stud but he was as docile as they come...
What's the horse like that's coming there? If it's an older, trained horse then it's not *as* big an issue, but I'd still go with 6' wood posts and at LEAST one rail for visibility. My mom has one with just one rail and 2 electric strands to deter them from leaning or bumping the fence. Works for our trained horses fine, but I wouldn't want to start a 2 year old in there. Depends who it's for to say just how sturdy you need it.
Until we got our nice shiney new round pen we had one made of split rail fencing in the shape of an octagon. It definantly did the trick on a budget as you can find some pretty cheap split rail.
As far as the bailing on a round pen...you need to have an escape route. Like kevin said, safety should be your number one priority.
I will be using it for two horses.
The first is my stallion who I have no worries about, regardless of what we're doing I could throw some small posts and twine up to form a circle and he would never in a million years question it, it's just not in him to act up.
The second is my new mare I'll be picking up this week. She is friendly but has zero training. She's a 5 year old and the old owner is promising her to be halter broke by time I pick her up which means he's starting her in a halter literally today and is promising she'll load in a trailer... that's it. lol. She'll definetly be a nice project.
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