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#11 Jrchloe

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Posted 30 October 2008 - 10:52 AM

Oh yes thank you. I plan to have everything covered just not enclosed. Does the rail of the round pen matter? My old barns bull pen had high fence rails that I really liked. ALso what is a good kind of railing for an arena? Are solid rails better than like a fence kind of rail? How high is best? I going to know what my barn and training areas are going to be before I know what kind of house I'll have, hehe.

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Posted 31 October 2008 - 12:21 PM

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Does the rail of the round pen matter? My old barns bull pen had high fence rails that I really liked. ALso what is a good kind of railing for an arena? Are solid rails better than like a fence kind of rail? How high is best? I going to know what my barn and training areas are going to be before I know what kind of house I'll have, hehe.


We horse people understand what is truly important in life. We can adapt to any style of house, but our horses must absolutely have the best type of barns and arenas.

When you are asking about solid rails, I am assuming that you are asking about welded pipe fences. There are lots of those welded pipe fences that you can buy in sections to build an arena or a round pen, but their cost & their quality will vary immensely. If you do find one of those welded pipe fences that you like, then definitely find out who made the fence. I have seen some welded pipe fences that are built with more pipe rails placed closer together that I like.

However for a permanent facility, I really like fence rails because they are usually made out of wood or plastic equivalent, which can rebound and are more forgiving to any horses who run into those type of fences. The fence rails can also be placed closer together to keep anything outside of the round pen or arena from distracting your horse. I like the arenas that are built with fence rails that start at the bottom to keep dogs out and go up in height to at least five feet (5").

BTW if cost is an important factor, then you can modify those solid rail fence sections by adding wooden/plastic rails and/or panels to them to get the exact type of round pen or arena that you need.

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#13 Jrchloe

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Posted 31 October 2008 - 12:47 PM

I like the idea of the plastic fencing at about 5 feet. What kind of gate is best for an arena? Should it be on wheels?

#14 lkirby

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Posted 31 October 2008 - 03:02 PM

Having wheels on a gate might be useful for a very large and very wide gate in front of a wide driveway, but I have never seen any advantage to having a gate on wheels for an arena or a round pen.

You want your gate to be correctly hung from at least three (3) hinges and carefully balanced so that it is very easy to open and close. You can also add a weight to the gate so that it will close more quickly.

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#15 Jrchloe

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 03:14 PM

Does this sound like good footing for an indoor arena? http://www.travelrig...travelright.php

And this for outdoor? http://www.travelrig...oducts/tr-2.php

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 06:39 PM

Yes, you definitely want to keep the very same depth of footing in both the arena and in the round pen. Do build as large a round pen as you can with the round pen's diameter not less that sixty feet (60') across. I would also recommend that you get a cover/roof over the round pen, if possible.

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I'd like to ask if you have resources for your suggestions. I am improving the footing of my outdoor arena and interested in the rubber you mention. I know it can be had bagged, but that is expensive. Do you know bulk resources? And do you know any manufacturers or perhaps other horse folks with plans for a covered round pen? I don't have an indoor but want a 90' covered round pen to work horses in bad weather/winter. Thanks so much!

Also to contribute to the conversation, I know that a drag can be made out of chain link fence weighted with a few concrete blocks and pulled by a horse. The horse gets to work, the arena gets smoothed out. [Choose a horse already broke to drive!]
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#17 Jrchloe

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 05:17 PM

Dover Saddlery has crumb rubber footing. Its less expensive than others I have seen.

#18 Jrchloe

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 06:51 PM

Anyone have any experience with Fibar footing?