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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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