Building a Round Pen

It’s raining today. So, I’m inside spending some time catching up on some writing. It has been so beautiful lately that I could not justify spending very much time on the computer! I’ve been itching to start some serious training with my mares, but I really need an enclosed training area for the most effective training. The need for a training area forced me to start planning something big.

Horse Training Wattie Adams, exercising one of...

Horse Training Wattie Adams, exercising one of his horses in readiness for the racing season. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During the last few weeks I have been planning my next big project. We are going to be building a round pen for training the horses (and the kids…). I’ve surveyed the area for the pen, measured it, removed a portion of existing fence, and calculated the cost of materials for building the pen.

Closeup detail of a safe woven wire fence, sui...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since I plan on using the round pen for both free lunging and riding, it needs to be bigger than a typical 60 foot round pen. We decided that an 80 foot pen would be big enough for riding comfortably but small enough for effective free lunging. To measure the area I needed, I found a good center point for the pen. Then we placed a stake in the center and measured 40 feet straight out from the center with a long tape measure. As I walked around the circumference of the pen, I used some spray paint to mark the area.

Tape measure

Tape measure (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Once the area was marked I was able to clear the existing fence within an hour or so. Next I measured around the circumference in 10 foot increments. I knew that I would need to find 25 points around the pen because the circumference of an 80 foot circle is 250 feet. Once the area was all measured I could really imagine how the round pen would look. It is the perfect size for what we need here!

Newton Mill A horse training area

Newton Mill A horse training area (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The hardest part for me is calculating the cost of materials…not because I can’t do math, but because I dread learning how much this whole thing is really going to cost. I decided to compare the costs of post and board fencing, woven wire, and vinyl coated wire.

Budget and Spending

Photo credit: Wikipedia

The pricing of each type of fence includes 25 6 foot posts, which will cost $125.

  • Woven wire fencing: $275
  • 5 rails of vinyl coated wire: $299
  • 2 rails of 2″x4″x10′ boards: $315
  • Woven wire with 1 rail of  boards on top: $370
  • 3 rails of 2″x4″x10′ boards: $410
Knighton, horse training ground At Knighton Fa...

Knighton, horse training ground At Knighton Farm, with outbuildings to the right. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I still can’t decide what we should go with. In light of the economy, I’m tempted to go with the cheapest option available…but I need to consider maintenance, additional hardware needed, and repair costs as well. The cheapest now is not necessarily the easiest to maintain or repair.

Wire fence,(broken) and stile On a path coming...

Wire fence broken (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At this point I’m considering paying a little more up front for the vinyl coated wire. It is highly visible, has little to no maintenance once installed, and it flexes. Including additional special hardware necessary for this type of fence, it will probably end up costing $350 or so. That’s not too shabby!

Now all I have to do is make an extra $350 so I can afford to buy the materials! Any ideas on making some extra money? Seriously…I need help, haha!


About Genevieve

Genevieve is a southern gal who loves to write. She is a graduate of Everest College with an AAS in Criminal Investigations. Currently, she works as a freelance writer and volunteers for Central Virginia Horse Rescue by writing their monthly newsletter. If she's not writing, you can bet she's either spending time with friends and family, playing with the horses, crafting, or reading. Interested in having a guest blog appearance? Email to get in touch! P.S. Subscribe by RSS feed if you are interested in following her creative insanity... ;)

Posted on March 24, 2012, in Horses and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. What an undertaking! BTW, what is that small building seen in the background of the Newton Mill Photo? It looks old!

  2. Thanks, it certainly is a challenge! Newton Mill is some kind of horse training facility in the UK. I put the picture up as an example of the fence in the foreground…I couldn’t really find any info on the building in the background. You’re right though, it does look quite old!

  3. You are much more organized than I. A few years ago I was helping a friend with her horses and we put together a round pen using T-posts and (un-electrified) Hot Wire… a temporary thing. I did a poor job of measuring. It all worked, but was not so pretty.
    I’m liking your idea on the vinyl coated wire. Low maintenance is always a plus in my book.

    • That works too! 😉 I tend to plan and organize things extensively…this often drives my family and/or friends crazy for some reason, lol!

      • That beats making a math error and having a 70 foot pen become 80 foot… especially when the supplies on hand worked great for the first, not quite so much for the second.

      • Hahaha, that is very true! I think my husband is thankful that I know how to measure and build, that way he doesn’t have to do all the work! 😉

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