I and many other Trainers around the World,
believe that you can't do the job to it's best, without a Round Pen. I
continually get asked how to build one and so here is what I have leant.
Hope it helps. I am a Fan of the Portable Round Pen and so we will deal
with that here:
- They are relatively cheap compared to
constructing in ground yourself.
- They offer greater flexibility of location
and can be shifted around if you want.
- They can be taken elsewhere for a job if
- They are generally safer
- They only take 10 Minutes to put up.
- You can start small if finances are tight
and buy extra panels as you get money.
- You can use the Panels for other temporary
- You can change the shape of it.
- They are normally 1.8 - 2metres tall.
- Panels are normally between 2200mm and
- The bottom Rail should be 600mm from the
Ground to stop Legs getting injured as unbalanced Horses spin around
on the angle. Not like this
with injuries to Legs.v
The Base should be raised
above ground level and can be anything really. Bricks, rock, clay,
rubble, shale, limestone but NOT LOAM. Hose down and drive over it.
The Sub Base should be
300mm of 20mm Rubble with fines, watered and driven over.
Then 300mm of Washed Sand
for breakers and 150mm for the rest.
Fall should be .6 -1
Degree in the direction of the downhill lay of the Land.
To retain Sand, use 2 x
200mm x 100mm sleepers chosen to the length of your panels. Drill 3
Holes quiidistant through the edge, in both so you can sit one on
top of the other one and hit 5/8th Reo through both and 600mm into
the Ground. So your two Panels will be 400mm High to retain the Sand
that Horses kick continually outwards.
2mm Wall Thickness
For Untouched Feral
Horses - 8 Metres
My Clinics - 12 Metres
square pipe is more dangerous for horses!
My Home - 15 metres for
Breaking in and a bit of Riding
or for starting City
Horses and Riding - 16 Metres
* Only one sleeper here so far.
Pins should be round, on
the outside of the yard and with round smooth Heads, not right angle
bends and definitely not pointing into the round pen.
THE LATEST 11/3/12
To vividly highlight the fact
that base aggregate can be any size, check out my new one that I am
building Today. It has a Fish Shop underneath it :)
Now I am not recommending that you go to a Demolition Site but purely
trying to show you what is possible and that the size or roughness of
Base Material matters not to the over all outcome. This Site will never
bog up!!!. 150mm of 20mm Dolomite Rubble on the top as you can see and
then the Sand.
Gee roundyards - okay you've done more than me
LOL so okay can you give me exact measures as brother is welder and I'll
go the same, just trying to get reasonable qoutes for the levelling base
one guy said 11grand after i picked myself off the ground said what?
next guy 3grand big difference
If you get fill and lift the
level of the ground and had to pay for a Bobcat to level it, the cost
would be no more than $#200 Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!