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OnlySamwise 04-20-2011 06:22 PM

What to do with round pen??
Ok so I'm getting a two year old filly early May and I need help with the round pen at the ranch. The ground is just dirt and grass.. it's better on a 2yr legs to have ground that's more broken up, ya? So what would you guys suggest I do? I don't think the ranch owner would like me to use any grass killer tho. I've heard mixing soil, sand, and sawdust is good...
(sorry didn't know where else to put this)

equus717 04-20-2011 06:23 PM

Not sure really. My ground is hard and that is where I have my round pen.

smrobs 04-20-2011 06:24 PM

Would the owner protest to plowing up the ground inside the round pen? After all, riding a horse in there is going to kill the grass anyway.

DrumRunner 04-20-2011 06:26 PM

Im the same ground can get pretty hard in the round pen...if u can afford it, sand is dries faster than dirt, is softer, and wont get hard..

equus717 04-20-2011 06:28 PM

My landlord won't let me break it up so I make do.

OnlySamwise 04-20-2011 06:37 PM

ya I think he'd let us plow it.. he's already letting us cut down the vines and lil trees that have been growing along the fence and fix the gate. He's a great ranch owner, the pasture is mainly used for a retirement home for older horses and a lot of ppl don't ride so he doesn't do much maintenance with the round pen :/... but he is a real good ranch owner.. real nice and stays out of your business lol. Hard ground isn't good for young horses feet and legs, ya? cause if it doesn't matter then I'll leave it... I just don't wanna mess up her growing.

smrobs 04-20-2011 06:56 PM

Eh, hard ground certainly isn't ideal but some of us have to make due with what we've got. Others can give you a better idea of what to use as a base footing that will provide the best drainage and traction. Plowing the area might not be the best plan if you get a significant amount of rain, though. It would make for a very slick, sloppy mess of a round pen.

OnlySamwise 04-20-2011 07:16 PM

oh ya.. it does rain here quite often :/

equiniphile 04-20-2011 07:32 PM

I have the problem of the muddy, grass/dirt pen right now. This summer we'll hopefully be getting sand, but over the summer the grass with a dirt path around the perimeter actually worked very well. Then came mud season, lol. I haven't used it this spring, because I don't want to create rivets while the ground's soft. Your best bet is to get sand in there; when the mud's thick and you're asking for a trot and canter, it's not great on their legs.

spookychick13 04-20-2011 08:24 PM

We're having the same issue as well. Too muddy/slippery to use on regular grass/mud right now. Someone suggested to me that we use shavings for footing.
Not sure how I feel about that.

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