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Old 04-22-2009, 10:55 AM  
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Round pen size

We are finally going to be putting in a round pen here at home this spring, and hubby and I have different ideas of size. So to help us out I thought I would ask my fellow HTers for their opinions. I want at least 55', and hubby says 40' would be right. So what do you all think? I already have a smaller round pen at our other property, and its just to small for comfort. Thanks for your help.
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Some like a 40' round pen because it allows them more control over the horse, but 60' is found more. I have a 60 and love it. 40' is also too small to ride in.
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Old 04-22-2009, 11:01 AM  
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60'.. is a good size.. if it gets to be too big to work a horse on the ground put a lungline on the horse and make them work a little bit shorter on the line.
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Yep - that's what I do.
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Old 04-22-2009, 11:12 AM  
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40' to me is small. 60' is the avg.
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Old 04-22-2009, 11:19 AM  
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We have a 50' due to lack of more space. For lunging and groundwork it is fine but for riding-I do not feel it is big enough, it seems like you go 2 strides and your into a corner! I would suggest a 60' if you have room for it.
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I've always been told anything smaller then 60 is not a good idea due to safety. I guess it depends on the horse/s that will be in it... if I were only going to round pen my walker who doesn't act out, I feel I could be safe in a smaller diameter but yet I've had others that I'd not want to be in any smaller due to their behavior- kickng, rearing, twisting, lunging, bucking etc.
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in my roundpen research, I have found that if you are working young horses then 40 or smaller and if riding 60 or larger. I know it all breaks down to personal preference. for riding I would definitely go 60-70, just give enough room when you are loping and such
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I have a 60', 50' to me is too small for me.
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Jazzy thats true but if you use pannels you can take a couple of them out and make it smaller if your working with foals or ponies.
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I have a round pen that can go up to 60' with the addition of a couple of panels... right now I have it at about 50' and it seems to be plenty of area.
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Jazzy thats true but if you use pannels you can take a couple of them out and make it smaller if your working with foals or ponies.
that's a very good point! it would be better to have a bigger pen that you could just make smaller if need be.
anybody every put a round pen in an arena? I have a SMALL indoor (60 x 100) that we are revamping. I would like to put a smaller round pen inside so that I could work the youngins even if the weather isn't cooperating. Do you all think this is just too small of an area to work around?
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Jazzy - if you don't need the supper heavy panels you could set it up on one end and then if you decided that your going to ride for awhile instead you could just take it down.
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Jazzy - if you don't need the supper heavy panels you could set it up on one end and then if you decided that your going to ride for awhile instead you could just take it down.
this is what I originally was going to do. but I might be going back and forth between training and riding, I kind of need a more permanent fixture. I just found out that I might FINALLY be able to get a good deal on some panels, I'm just not sure on how many yet
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Thank you all! We just got our ties today, and we measured out different distances, and 40' was just too small for me. We looked at 55' too, and that is better, but I think I will go with 60. I have a two year old that I would like to start some light work with this fall, and an older mare that is in need of some ground work too. So I would rather go bigger than suffer with a small one. Thanks again everyone.
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Our current round pen is 45'. (We have 50' x 80' and a 100' x 200' pens too) The 45' pen is big enough to ride and lunge in. Our quarter horses are between 14 and 15 hands so it is easy for them to work in but for the larger breed horses I would want it slightly larger. For breaking and riding the young horses I like a smaller pen (less room to get carried away in - in the event that they do decide to act silly) but if I were riding broke horses I would want 70' or bigger. If I could only have one pen it would be a 60' and compromise.
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