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post #1 of 11 Old 02-19-2020, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Round pen

Just bought a round pen! What should I put inside? Sand? Wood chips? Need some ideas!
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post #2 of 11 Old 02-19-2020, 08:51 PM
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Why the need to put anything in it?

If there is grass, let the horse{s} loose to graze it gone then start using the pen...
Won't take very long for the ground to be churned and broke apart...
Natural footing to me is best...
For me, I would not use wood chips at all...they slide under a foot and more importantly many have a sharp edge to them that could slice a frog and cause some serious damage if not impale the hoof...no thanks.
Many will have other thoughts and ideas but for me...what nature provides is what I would use till a new surface is warranted placed.
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I think it depends on what ground you have, how big your pen is and what you plan on doing in it.

The footing added to mine made the difference between using it in the middle of winter and not.

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I wouldn't use wood chips, either. For the same reason as @horselovinguy .

I do have a round sand area (no walls) and use that for legging up horses. We keep it deep.

In the regular round pen we use a sand/dirt mix that a guy makes for us. It lastt years before we have to add to it. It occasionally gets a bit dusty, though, being in an indoor arena. Every few years we rake in some hydraulic oil which keeps the dust down.
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Why the need to put anything in it?

If there is grass, let the horse{s} loose to graze it gone then start using the pen...
Won't take very long for the ground to be churned and broke apart...
Natural footing to me is best...
For me, I would not use wood chips at all...they slide under a foot and more importantly many have a sharp edge to them that could slice a frog and cause some serious damage if not impale the hoof...no thanks.
Many will have other thoughts and ideas but for me...what nature provides is what I would use till a new surface is warranted placed.
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Mine is grass till it gets churned up too. I think the natural footing is what the horse uses all day in the pasture where they live and are used for on for me. I'd just as soon he was worked on the same surface he is used on.
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post #6 of 11 Old 02-20-2020, 07:40 AM
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Same here/ What is out there is what is used. If I have to level I add a mix of sand and clay - real heavy on the sand but that is the soils we have here so not much different.
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post #7 of 11 Old 02-20-2020, 09:10 AM
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I can't remember all too well what kinda sand it was called but fine Limestone sand drains really nicely I believe I think its limestone sand...... don't quote me on that though.

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post #8 of 11 Old 02-20-2020, 09:12 AM
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For those who let the horses graze it down and then use it as it, doesn't that mean you can't use it when it's wet though? Because it turns into mud? I mean, no grass = bare dirt, and wet bare dirt = mud. Right? Or am I missing something?
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post #9 of 11 Old 02-20-2020, 12:07 PM
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Wood chips are slick as heck when they get wet, don't use them in any kind of horse training area. Saw dust mixed with dirt or sand works really well but note I mean saw dust not wood chips. Up here you have to add something or you will be running your horse around on rocks.
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post #10 of 11 Old 02-20-2020, 02:35 PM
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I have "arena stone" from our local quarry. It is sifted fine stone chips. It drains well and isn't slick when it's wet.
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