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    11-12-2013, 03:14 PM
Homemade portable pen for trail/camping

My son made this pen out of pvc pipe and finally got to try it out this weekend. He's going to make a few adjustments, but overall it worked out great!
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    11-12-2013, 03:56 PM
Look'n good! I would be cautious with PVC...I heard it splinters? Which, of course, can be dangerous.
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    11-12-2013, 04:04 PM
Never even thought of it splintering. I'll pass the info to him. Thanks!
    11-12-2013, 04:36 PM
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That's a clever idea - light weight, portable and, judging by the size, easily stored in the back of the truck or the tack room.

With regard to splintering,I wonder under what situations that would happen - the only thing I could think of (other than accidently driving over a panel) would be if the horse made a direct hit with a well placed kick.
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    11-12-2013, 06:40 PM
Yes, it fits nicely in the bed of his truck..only take a few minutes to put up and take down. I believe we will get plenty of use out of it. You can buy portable pens at a very steep price!
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    11-12-2013, 07:17 PM
I am saving this picture for my hubby!!!

What sort of poles/posts did you use to stake it into the ground?
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    11-12-2013, 07:23 PM
Impressive! Koodos to your son for making this for you. Definitely saves on purchasing one online for $500+ lol.
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    11-12-2013, 07:25 PM
I really wonder if PVC would be strong enough? Seems like it'd break just from a horse leaning against it. What diameter PVC is he using?

How about doing the same thing with electrical conduit, though?
    11-12-2013, 07:39 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by jamesqf    
I really wonder if PVC would be strong enough? Seems like it'd break just from a horse leaning against it. ..
I think if the panel was tall enough so the horse couldn't extend his neck over it and really get his shoulders into it, it would hold. More problematic might be if the horse goes for the butt scratch.
    11-12-2013, 09:15 PM
Originally Posted by beau159    
I am saving this picture for my hubby!!!

What sort of poles/posts did you use to stake it into the ground?
I will get you all the information tomorrow . Those are metal posts staked in the ground. He did not have any problems with Lighting leaning on it..he camped only one night. He said he might use a couple of t posts(with safety caps} to make it sturdier. A lady at the 2 day trail clinic that he attended took pictures of it and said she knows what her husband will be doing next weekend. LOL I believe he spent around $ 150 on it. My hubby and son can build just about anything...might not be perfect but they make an effort! I wouldn't have a barn if they hadn't of built it as we aren't rolling in dough!
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